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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht Provides COVID-19 Family Self-Quarantine Update

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht released the following information related to COVID-19.    Upon profes...

Apr 01

Protection Orders Remain Available to Victims of Abuse During COVID-19 Court Closures

While the Pennsylvania courts remain temporarily closed to the public per the March 18 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order, emer...

Mar 26

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Cancels April Session

Amid continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today canceled the upcoming oral argument session sched...

Mar 25

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Closes Courts to the Public Statewide

In an effort to further restrict potential COVID-19 exposure within the courts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today announced tha...

Mar 18

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht Self-Quarantines with Family

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht released the following information related to COVID-19. Upon returning from ove...

Mar 17

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Declares General Statewide Judicial Emergency

Amid COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today declared a statewide judicial emergency effective unti...

Mar 16

Women in the Pennsylvania judiciary

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, March is an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania...

Mar 13

Amid COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts, Access to Pennsylvania Judicial Center Limited

Court Administrator of Pennsylvania Geoff Moulton today announced public access to the Pennsylvania Judicial Center (PJC) in Harri...

Mar 13

Commonwealth Court Reschedules Upcoming Oral Arguments

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt today announced the rescheduling of upcoming Commonwealth Cour...

Mar 12

Pennsylvania Court Interpreters – Removing Language Barriers

Pennsylvania Courts facilitated 41,038 requests for interpreters in 2018 statewide – 77 percent of which were for Spanish. T...

Feb 14

Cracking Down on Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania

In the first five years since Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive human-trafficking law (Act 105) took effect in 2014, 586 hu...

Jan 10

Pennsylvania cybercrime – by the numbers

Between 2014 and 2018, there were 799 cybercrime offenses committed by 287 people in Pennsylvania. The top convictions for cybercr...

Dec 13

Investigating Grand Jury Task Force Completes Work; Delivers Report to Supreme Court

Charged with performing a comprehensive review of investigating grand juries, centered on the judicial role, the Pennsylvania Inve...

Nov 22

Pennsylvania Courts Host Veteran Appreciation Ceremony for Jurists

In recognition of Veterans Day, Pennsylvania Courts held a ceremony in honor of jurists who have served in the U.S. military on Mo...

Nov 20

Pennsylvania Courts Release Veterans Treatment Court Videos

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, Pennsylvania Courts today released new videos raising awareness for Veterans Treatment C...

Nov 08

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts Make a Difference for Veterans

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 793,000 veterans as of 2018. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’...

Nov 08

A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pa

More than 39,000 new protection from abuse (PFA) petitions were filed statewide in 2018 according to the Administrative Office of...

Oct 10

Pennsylvania Courts Release New Video Providing Civics Refresher on the Courts

Pennsylvania Courts today released Pennsylvania Justice – Understanding the Courts, a fast-paced, animated video that descri...

Sep 23

Teresa Ficken Sachs Named Counsel to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today announced the appointment of Teresa Ficken Sachs as Counsel to the Court effective January 20...

Sep 18

Back to school: Traffic citations in school zones

September is the heaviest month for school zone violations. Over the last five years, 30,862 Pennsylvania drivers were cited with...

Sep 09

Pennsylvania courts develop new resources for judges

Committed to helping judges navigate the complex issues surrounding elder abuse, dependency and domestic violence cases, the Admin...

Sep 05

A snapshot of sexual offenders in Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 8,133 people were sentenced as sexual offend...

Aug 23

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Announces Retirement of State Court Administrator Thomas B. Darr

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor today announced the retirement of Court Administrator of Pennsylvania Tom Darr, who...

Jul 24

Pennsylvania’s Court Technology Receives National Recognition

Pennsylvania courts have been selected this year as a two-time winner of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and...

Jul 15

Commonwealth Court Appoints New Chief Legal Counsel, Announces Leadership Changes

President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt today announced the appointment of Gretchen Hanrahan, Esquire, to serve as Chief Legal Counsel...

Jul 03

Pennsylvania identity theft case trends

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a gradual decrease in identity theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraud...

Jun 07

Pennsylvania sees a positive increase in kinship care placement over the last five years

Pennsylvania court data shows that over the last five years, the placement of children in kinship care has nearly doubled. The Off...

May 10

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Lycoming County

Committed to educating the public about the court appeals process, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold an upcoming specia...

May 07

Pa Supreme Court Adopts Rule Allowing Citation of Unpublished Superior Court Opinions

Acting on a recommendation of its Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a rule th...

Apr 22

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania decreased over last year

Pennsylvania distracted driving citations decreased by 5 percent statewide from 2017 to 2018. Despite the recent decrease, citatio...

Apr 01

Celebrating Women’s History Month in the Pennsylvania Courts - 2019

Watch a Q&A video series highlighting some of our female judges in Pennsylvania in honor of Women’s History Month. The v...

Mar 21

Women in the Pennsylvania Judiciary

March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well...

Mar 08

PA Supreme Court Adopts New Rules Aimed at Helping Families During High-Conflict Custody Cases

In an effort to assist families during high-conflict custody cases, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the adoption of new r...

Feb 28

Pennsylvania Courts Collect $483 million in 2018

Pennsylvania courts collected over $483 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2018, including a record $130 million pai...

Feb 25

In memory of Chief Justice Emeritus John P. Flaherty, Jr.

FLAHERTY, John P., Jr., Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Emeritus, age 87, of Indiana Twp. on Feb. 20, 2019. Born 1931 in Pittsburgh....

Feb 22

Highlighting black history month in the courts

In honor of black history month, AOPC interviewed several Pennsylvania judges to talk about what black history month means to each...

Feb 11

Pa Supreme Court Advisory Council Releases Progress Report on Elder Abuse and Guardianship Issues

Committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, the Pa Supreme Court Advisory Council on Elder Justice in t...

Jan 29

A Look at Insurance Fraud in Pennsylvania

Insurance fraud refers to involvement in any intentional activity that cons an organization – commonly seen in the form of f...

Jan 25

Allegheny County Jurists Named to New Leadership Positions

Two Allegheny County judges have been named to leadership positions within the Pennsylvania court system. Effective Dec. 24, Judg...

Dec 24

Pennsylvania retail theft offenses decreased over past five years

Pennsylvania retail theft offenses are at a five-year low, having decreased 15 percent since 2013.   The infographic highlig...

Dec 14

Pennsylvania Problem-Solving Courts Hold First Statewide Mental Health Courts Training

Pennsylvania problem-solving courts will hold their first statewide mental health courts training during a two-day conference on M...

Dec 10

Jack Anthony Panella Elected President Judge of Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court, meeting in Harrisburg today, has elected Judge Jack Anthony Panella to be its new president judge...

Dec 07

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Courts Make a Difference for Veterans

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 819,185 veterans as of 2017. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’...

Nov 09

Superior Court to Hold Educational Program for Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Chambers of Commerce

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold an educational program for the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Chambers of Commerce on Wedn...

Oct 25

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Renews Blair County DUI Court Accreditation

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has renewed the accreditation of the Blair County DUI Court, commending the specialty court program...

Oct 25

Pennsylvania sees a recent increase in protection from abuse filings

Following a steady decline in the statewide number of new protection from abuse (PFA) filings, Pennsylvania has seen a 5 percent i...

Oct 19

Pennsylvania Courts Launch Outreach Campaign to Help Stop Abuse

Pennsylvania courts today launched a “stop abuse” outreach campaign in English and Spanish to educate victims of abuse...

Oct 16

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Releases Video to Promote Use of New Statewide Guardianship Tracking System

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court today released an educational video highlighting the Guardianship Tracking System (GTS), a new...

Oct 01

Traffic cases account for the majority of Pennsylvania magisterial district court cases in 2016

In 2016, 66 percent of all new cases filed in Pennsylvania magisterial district courts were traffic-related. Magisterial district...

Sep 14

Six Pennsylvania Counties Selected for Initiative Supporting Abused and Neglected Children

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court today announced the selection of six counties to participate in the Pennsylvania State Roundtab...

Aug 29

How prevalent is animal abuse in Pennsylvania?

A look at statewide animal abuse data approaching the one-year anniversary of Libre’s Law Over the past year, 70 percent o...

Aug 17

Speeding Ranks Number One in Summary Traffic Citations in Pennsylvania

Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 6.9 million total traffic summary violations we...

Jun 15

Pennsylvania Judiciary Releases New and Improved Interactive Caseload Data

Pennsylvania’s judiciary today unveiled six new data dashboards, the latest in a series of interactive, web-based data visua...

Jun 08

Pennsylvania Judiciary Highlights Mental Health Courts During Mental Health Awareness Month

May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month and with 20 mental health courts in Pennsylvania, the infographic below highlig...

May 29

Pa Supreme Court Approves Pilot Program Allowing CLE Credit for Pro Bono Service

Recognizing the importance of pro bono service, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has approved the creation of a new continuing legal...

May 03

Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor is asking lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by p...

Apr 25

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania see significant jump

Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide in 2017 – and have increased 172 percent since 2013. In Penns...

Apr 02

PA Supreme Court Chief Justice Reacts to Threats of Impeachment

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor released the following statement regarding potential impeachme...

Mar 22

Women in the Pennsylvania judiciary

March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well...

Mar 19

Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Citations at Five-year High

Drug delivery resulting in death charges statewide have increased by 1,267 percent between 2013 and 2017. In Pennsylvania, a drug...

Mar 09

PA Courts Collect $471 million in 2017

State coffers receive $227 million; local governments and crime victims also benefit Pennsylvania courts collected nearly $471 m...

Feb 26

Court 101: Common court terms you may not know

Have you ever wondered what is meant by ex parte, habeas corpus or even disposition? Legal concepts and court terms can be complex...

Feb 16

How the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Operates

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest appellate court in North America. Justices...

Jan 12

New Bench Cards Further Enhance Training for Jurists Handling Sex Crime Cases

New bench cards and instructional videos intended to enhance judicial education efforts will soon be provided to more than 450 tri...

Dec 11

Pennsylvania Common Pleas Judicial Needs Assessment

The study shows that overall the Courts of Common Pleas are “sized” correctly with the right number of judicial resour...

Nov 29

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Courts Make a Difference for Veterans

Pennsylvania’s veterans population ranks fourth in the U.S. with nearly 846,000 veterans as of 2016. Since 2009, Pennsylvani...

Nov 08

PA Supreme Court appoints new administrative judges in Allegheny County

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the transition of administrative judges in Allegheny County. Effective Nov. 1, 2017,...

Oct 24

Pennsylvania protection from abuse data

Statewide and county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data from Pennsylvania courts is available via an interactive dashboard...

Oct 13

Commonwealth Court to Hold Special Session at Temple University

A three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session to hear arguments on appeal at 9:00 a.m....

Oct 11

Superior Court to Hold Special Session at Temple University

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 on the 7th floor of Alter Hall on the...

Oct 04

Underage Drinking Citations in Pennsylvania Declining

Underage drinking citations statewide have decreased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2016. In Pennsylvania an underage drinking cit...

Sep 27

Superior Court to Hold Special Session at Widener University

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Alumni Auditorium on the W...

Sep 14

Seven counties selected for new initiative to support abused and neglected children

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer today announced the selection of seven counties to participate in the launch of the P...

Sep 06

Pennsylvania communities receive valuable service from juvenile offenders

By completing 702,919 hours of community service, 14,220 juveniles contributed to $5.1 million worth of volunteer service in 2014...

Aug 28

PA Supreme Court forms task force to review operations of investigating grand juries and recommend updates

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has formed a task force to perform a comprehensive review of investigating grand juries.  &ld...

Jul 20

How are judges elected in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania judges are chosen in elections that occur in odd-numbered years. Some judges serve 10-year terms, while others serve...

Jun 19

A closer look at abused and neglected children in Pennsylvania under dependency court supervision

Pennsylvania court data shows that 20,458 children were under supervision of dependency court in 2015, with 43 percent of those ch...

May 15

ALERT: PA Supreme Court prothonotary’s office phone number is being used in consumer scam

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Office of the Prothonotary is warning people about a telephone scam being used to get money or pers...

May 11

Pennsylvania and Virginia students earn top honors in NCSC’s Civics Education Essay Contest

Two Pennsylvania students took top honors in a National Center for State Courts annual civics education essay contest. This year&...

Apr 26

Luzerne County to host Commonwealth Court session

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session on Thursday April 20 at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes...

Apr 13

Distracted driving citations continue to rise in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide between 2014 and 2016 – with more men being cited (70 percent...

Apr 07

Commonwealth Court to Hold Special Session at Duquesne

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 4 in the McArdle Courtroom at Duquesne...

Mar 30

Supreme Court approves language access plan for courts

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted a comprehensive plan to improve access to justice for those with limited English pro...

Mar 28

Women in the Pennsylvania judiciary

March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well...

Mar 10

Superior Court to Hold Special Session at Widener University

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at 10 a.m. on March 14 in the Alumni Auditorium on the Widener Univ...

Mar 06

Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor is asking lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by p...

Feb 27

PA Courts Collect $462.1 million in 2016

Pennsylvania courts collected more than $462.1 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2016, including a record $103 mill...

Feb 23

PA Courts infoShare in review

PA Courts InfoShare is created by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to visually highlight interesting information a...

Feb 10

PA Supreme Court issues new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for...

Jan 06

Caseload statistics show PA courts processed 3.5 million cases in 2015

Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System has released its 2015 caseload statistics report containing data, charts and tables r...

Dec 19

Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts - A different path for justice

Problem-solving courts – including veterans courts, adult and juvenile drug courts, DUI courts and mental health courts &nda...

Dec 16

PA Supreme Court institutes new continuing education requirements for judges and justices

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted continuing judicial education requirements for judges serving the Supreme, Commonwealth...

Dec 09

Selecting jurors in a Pennsylvania trial

The right to trial by jury in criminal cases, and some civil cases, is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Pennsylvania state...

Dec 02

How does Pennsylvania’s new limited access law differ from expungement?

Limited access is a new law, effective Nov. 14, 2016, that lessens barriers to employment, housing and education by removing a con...

Nov 18

Pennsylvania cybercrime by the numbers

Cybercrime is crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network. The top convictions in Pennsylvania for cybercrime...

Nov 04

Learn about Pennsylvania courts

The Pennsylvania court system is structured like a pyramid with the Supreme Court at the top. The entry level into the court syste...

Oct 21

Top 10 criminal convictions in Pennsylvania

According to data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, statewide criminal convictions are at a four-year low. Wh...

Oct 07

New Superior Court judges sworn into office

Three people were sworn in as the newest judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania during a special ceremony in Philadelphia....

Sep 29

Protect yourself against juror scams

Although juror scams are not new, Pennsylvania courts remind people to be alert and to never give out sensitive information over t...

Sep 23

Constitution Day

Constitution Day commemorates the day in 1787 when the most influential document in American history was signed in Philadelph...

Sep 15

Supreme Court encourages people to apply for appointments to boards, commissions and independent judicial panels

EDITORS’ NOTE: Audio and video clips of Justice Wecht are available for download on the Judiciary’s media resources we...

Sep 15

Back to school: Traffic citations in school zones

It’s that time of year again for flashing yellow lights warning of school zone speed limits of 15 mph, and for children of a...

Sep 09

Court 101: Common court terms you may not know

Have you ever wondered why some courts begin with “oyez oyez?”  Or tried to determine the difference between a pr...

Aug 26

The first stages of a criminal trial

Have you ever wondered how a preliminary arraignment is different from a preliminary hearing?  The infographic below highligh...

Aug 12

Traffic citations in Pennsylvania

Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 5.6 million total traffic violations were issue...

Jul 29

Justice Mundy takes oath of office

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor has administered the oath of office to Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy to bring the sta...

Jul 21

Court 101: Understanding civil cases in Pennsylvania

Civil cases resolve disputes between or among people, organizations or the government, wherein the rights of each party are decide...

Jul 08

Newly confirmed jurists to serve on appellate courts

Pennsylvania’s appellate court benches added six new jurists today when the state Senate confirmed Gov. Tom Wolf’s nom...

Jun 28

Are homicides seasonal in Pennsylvania?

Statewide homicide rates have declined slightly since 2013. The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about homic...

Jun 24

Court 101: Common court terms you may not know

Legal concepts and court terms can be complex. The infographic below highlights a few of these important court terms or visit www....

Jun 10

Pennsylvania courts release video to help parents navigate the dependency process

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court today released a comprehensive video for parents whose children have been removed from their ca...

Jun 06

Women on the bench in Pennsylvania

It has been 86 years since the first woman, Sara M. Soffel (Allegheny), was appointed as a judge in Pennsylvania. Today, 28 percen...

May 31

Pennsylvania’s dependency system celebrates 10-year milestone

HARRISBURG — Ten years ago, Pennsylvania’s State Children’s Roundtable (SRT) launched a coalition of judges, cou...

May 31

Pennsylvania children under dependency court supervision

Pennsylvania court data shows that 18,339 children were under supervision of dependency court in 2014, with 45 percent of those ch...

May 13

Pennsylvania high schooler among national civics essay winners

A McDowell High School student in Erie, Pennsylvania, won second place in the National Center for State Courts’ Civics Edu...

Apr 29

State of mortgage foreclosures in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, lenders are required to provide evidence of overdue payments to the court before foreclosing. Overall, mortgage...

Apr 29

A snapshot of sexual offenders in Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act, 4,325 people were sentenced as sexual offenders between January 2013 – December...

Apr 15

Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor is asking lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bo...

Apr 01

Distracted driving citations on the rise in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving citations increased by 43% statewide between 2014 and 2015 – with more men being cited (67%) than women...

Apr 01

Court 101: Understanding the criminal case process

A criminal charge alleges that a violation of the criminal law – an offense against the community – has occurred. An...

Mar 18

Justice Eakin retires

Justice J. Michael Eakin submitted his letter of retirement from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania after 14 years of service on...

Mar 15

Looking Inside the Pennsylvania Criminal Courtroom

Courts are at the very foundation of the American legal system. Two types of cases are taken to court: civil (disagreements abou...

Mar 04

PA Courts Collect $464.5 million in 2015

Pennsylvania courts collected more than $464.5 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2015, including a record $92 mil...

Feb 22

Judiciary Budget Relative to State Budget

Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System supports hundreds of magisterial, trial and appellate courts statewide that process...

Feb 19

Protection from abuse orders – by the numbers

Statewide and county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data from Pennsylvania courts is available via an interactive dashboa...

Feb 06

Language Access in Pennsylvania Courts

Pennsylvania courts have seen substantial increases in language interpreter requests over the past few years, with more than 10...

Jan 22

National essay contest challenges students to write about Miranda rights

"You have the right to remain silent...”   What are Miranda rights, and why are they important?   T...

Jan 19

Newly elected Superior Court judge to take oath of office

Philadelphia Judge Alice Beck Dubow will be sworn in as a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Ja...

Jan 13

Pennsylvania Courts Highlight “Normalcy” for Children in Foster Care

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer says a new educational video released today highlights the benefits of a new child w...

Jan 11

Infographic: Three things you may not know about the new Supreme Court justices

Pennsylvania’s judiciary this week welcomed three new members to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including Justices Chr...

Jan 08

New Commonwealth Court president judge elected

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania today announced the election of Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt as its president judge. Judge...

Jan 05

Drawing determines court seniority

Following a random drawing, the order of seniority for newly elected state Supreme Court justices will be Christine Donohue, Kev...

Dec 04

Three new justices to be seated in January

Voters have elected three new members to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Don...

Nov 07

Supreme Court Releases Report of Special Counsel

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released the Report of Special Counsel Regarding the Review of Justice Eakin's Personal E...

Nov 02

Supreme Court Issues Order

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued the following in the matter of Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Kathleen Granaha...

Sep 21

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Armstrong County

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in Kittanning, Armstrong County, on Thursday and Friday, September...

Sep 15

Pennsylvania Supreme Court unseals seven filings related to Kathleen Kane

The Supreme Court has unsealed documents in seven grand jury filings related to Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The documents we...

Aug 26

Pennsylvania Supreme Court unseals orders

In light of public statements made last week by Attorney General Kane, the Court is releasing two previously sealed orders for p...

Aug 18

Pa Courts Launches Android Version of PAeDocket – First State-level Mobile App for Finding Court Dockets

Finding public court information is easier than ever with PAeDocket – including results about cases, such as charges, cou...

Aug 04

Comfort Dogs Have Dramatic Impact in Dependency Court: New video highlights benefits of placing dogs in the courts

Approximately one-third of Pennsylvania’s 60 judicial districts report that they either use comfort dogs in dependency cou...

Jul 27

PA Courts reaches 4,000 Twitter followers

The Pennsylvania Judiciary’s Twitter feed has reached a milestone, climbing to 4,000 followers. Since its launch in Octo...

Jun 24

Kinship Foster Care Parents on the Rise in Pennsylvania

Since 2012, 24 percent more children have been placed in “kinship” foster care, according to 2014 data collected by...

May 28

PA Court System Puts Focus on Helping Veterans

Want to help former servicemen and servicewomen who come into contact with the criminal justice system? Pennsylvania’s j...

May 22

Supreme Court Increases Loan Assistance to Expand Number of Attorneys Who Serve the Poor

In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Pe...

May 21

Pa Courts Launches PAeDocket – First State-level Mobile App for Finding Court Dockets

Finding public court information is easier than ever with the launch of PAeDocket – a free iPhone and iPad app that provid...

May 12

Medical Malpractice Case Filings Reach 14-Year Low

The number of medical malpractice case filings dipped last year to the lowest point since statewide tracking began in 2000. Th...

May 08

Delaware County to host Commonwealth Court session

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in Media, PA, at 9 a.m. on May 8 in Courtroom 1 of the Delawa...

May 04

Supreme Court announces AOPC leadership changes

Zygmont A. Pines, Esq. will step down July 31, 2015 as Court Administrator of Pennsylvania and be succeeded by Deputy Court Admi...

Apr 29

2,121 Pennsylvania Drivers Cited for “Distracted Driving” in 2014

Pennsylvania drivers were cited 1,410 times in 2014 for texting while driving and 711 times for using headphones while driving,...

Apr 28

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Washington County

— The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Washington County. The ses...

Apr 16

Commission on Judicial Independence Turns 10 and Welcomes New Members

The Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence (PCJI) was established in 2005 by the state Supreme Court amid growing conc...

Apr 14

Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor has asked lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro b...

Apr 13

‘Court Website Madness’ Crowns PA Champs

Duke isn’t the only Final Four team celebrating a championship. The Pennsylvania Judiciary won the FindLaw Court Madness...

Apr 07

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Pottsville

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in Pottsville on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15, 2015. Th...

Apr 06

PA Courts Distribute $462 million in 2014

Pennsylvania courts collected more than $462 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2014, $7 million more than the pre...

Mar 16

PA Criminal Case Data Now Interactive and Available Online

Pennsylvania’s judiciary today unveiled criminal caseload “dashboards,” the latest in a series of interactive,...

Mar 12

Supreme Court launches pilot program to enhance the availability of legal aid

A pilot program that links lawyers who want to volunteer their services with clients unable to afford legal help was created tod...

Mar 05

AOPC Publishes revised guide to assist state trial judges in handling sex crime cases

A just-released, third edition Benchbook on Crimes of Sexual Violence in Pennsylvania will help the state’s trial judges c...

Mar 04

Online court payments increased by 23 percent in 2014

More than $77 million in traffic fines and other court-ordered fines, fees, costs and restitution was collected last year throug...

Feb 18

AOPC seeks input on public access policy for appellate and trial court case records

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) is seeking comment on a proposed public access policy concerning case re...

Feb 06

Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts surpass century mark

Pennsylvania now has more than 100 problem-solving courts across the Commonwealth — and counting. During the first few d...

Jan 09

Thomas G. Saylor becomes 56th Chief Justice of Pennsylvania

Thomas G. Saylor of Camp Hill was inducted as Pennsylvania’s 56th chief justice of the Supreme Court. As chief justice, he...

Jan 09

Special counsel releases report

The report of the special counsel to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania regarding email exchanges with the Office of Attorney Gener...

Dec 19

AOPC receives court statistics reporting excellence award

A special tool Pennsylvania uses to collect and manage information from hundreds of thousands of civil cases filed annually has...

Dec 12

New rules adopted to enhance court reporting services

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted a comprehensive set of new rules governing court reporting operations to standardi...

Dec 04

Court data confirms: number of dependent Pennsylvania children safely remaining in their homes or with family continues to increase

Children under the supervision of Pennsylvania’s courts and child welfare system are safely remaining at home or being pla...

Nov 20

Elder Law Task Force delivers report with recommendations to aid Supreme Court in protecting elders from abuse and neglect

New office will help improve how elders interact with the court system The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a blueprint...

Nov 17

Judge Murphy to lead Philadelphia Family Court Division

A supervisory judge with nearly 30 years of experience in family matters was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to over...

Nov 05

Justice McCaffery Retires

Justice Seamus P. McCaffery retired today from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.   Related documents: Order Concu...

Oct 27

Philadelphia Family Court Judge Kevin M. Dougherty named Administrative Judge of Trial Division

A supervisory judge whose 10-year career on the bench has been distinguished by his service to strengthening Pennsylvania childr...

Oct 22

Online information to assist those wishing to represent themselves now available

Free online information is available to assist the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want to file their own family law cases...

Oct 02

Pennsylvania Courts reduce backlog of civil cases by 19 percent

A two-year data review by Pennsylvania’s courts has reduced the backlog of civil cases by 19 percent and has required that...

Sep 29

Brightening the surroundings of those who’d rather be elsewhere

A day that began like any other in the Norristown courtroom of Montgomery County Judge Carolyn Tornetta Carluccio sparked a nove...

Sep 25

Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Conduct Rules for MDJs

Magisterial district judges now have new guidelines to govern their actions both on the bench and outside the courtroom.  ...

Sep 18

Supreme Court continues to strengthen rules to protect kids in court

Masters and hearing officers who hear cases in juvenile court will be required to meet consistent experience, education and trai...

Sep 11

Raising awareness when a lawyer is disciplined

The agency that regulates the practice of law in Pennsylvania is making it easier for the public to determine when an attorney i...

Aug 15

Updated Guide Issued for Child Dependency Matters

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is issuing an updated resource used by judges and others to help strengthen families and protect ch...

Jul 17

Justice Seamus McCaffery selected to PA Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame

Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery has been selected as an inductee to the 2013 Pennsylvania Department of Military and V...

Jul 14

Newly launched website supports Pennsylvania’s attorneys and civil legal aid

A website redesigned to better serve attorneys, financial institutions and others who support civil legal aid for the state&rsqu...

Jul 11

Supreme Court justice, lawyers and news media to hold forum at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Jurists, lawyers, journalists and academics will hold a forum on technology and privacy issues that is free and open to the publ...

Jul 10

Additional PA case data now interactive

Pennsylvania’s judiciary has unveiled the second in a series of interactive, Web-based data dashboards that will allow int...

Jun 21

Commonwealth Court to hold special session in Chester County

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in West Chester at 9 a.m. on June 20 in Courtroom 1 of the Ches...

Jun 12

State courts caution against email hoax

The Pennsylvania judiciary is warning the public about a computer virus that is being delivered via email, falsely claiming to b...

Jun 06

Interactive statewide court financial data now online

Interactive graphics are now available online that show the amount of court fines, fees, costs and restitution collected annuall...

Jun 05

Justice Stevens lauds law enforcement grads

Supreme Court Justice Correale F. Stevens praised the role law enforcement plays in Pennsylvania communities during a specialize...

May 16

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Lawrence County

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in New Castle, Lawrence County on May 20 and 21.  Court se...

May 15

Online option open now for PA attorneys to register

The Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania is reminding its 80,000 attorneys of the ability to register electronically through the s...

May 05

Online project to serve as court guide

An online self-help project is underway to guide the growing number of Pennsylvanians who are filing their own family law cases....

Apr 24

Treatment Courts Eyed as Weapon in War on Drugs

State lawmakers looking for ways to curb drug-related crime heard representatives of the Pennsylvania court system offer possibl...

Apr 03

Looking for your case? We've got 27 million court records online

Search court case information using the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s Web Portal. Anyone can find and view t...

Apr 02

Chief Justice Castille Asks Lawyers to Support Access to Justice for All

During his final year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is making his last for...

Apr 02

Superior Court to Hold Special Session at Penn State Dickinson School of Law

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, University Park ca...

Mar 26

PA Courts Distribute $455 Million in 2013

Pennsylvania’s courts distributed more than $455 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2013. Most of the money...

Feb 21

Chief Justice to Serve on National Institute of Justice Workgroup

EDITOR'S NOTE: Informational graphics regarding this topic are available on the Judiciary's media resources page. Chie...

Feb 10

Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board Announces Increases in Ethics Requirement and Distance Learning Options

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has announced changes in rules and regulations that will permit more credits t...

Feb 05

Civics Essay Contest for Elementary School Students

The National Center for State Courts is offering prizes to elementary school children for the best written essays on the importa...

Jan 27

New Code of Judicial Conduct Strengthens and Clarifies Rules for Judicial Behavior

Nepotism and service on commercial boards addressed The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has approved a new Code of Judicial Cond...

Jan 08

Susan Peikes Gantman Elected President Judge of Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court, meeting in Pittsburgh today, has elected Judge Susan Peikes Gantman to be its new president jud...

Jan 07

Sizing up the Judiciary

Talks are underway to assess the number of trial judges needed. The statewide “right sizing” effort follows similar...

Jan 06

Chief Justice Castille to Appear on PCN

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is scheduled to appear at 7 p.m. Monday on PCN-TV to discuss his goals for 2014...

Dec 18

Manning Elected President of Allegheny County Court

Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning will serve a five-year term as president judge of the Common Pleas Court of the Fifth...

Dec 13

We’re Tweeting. Are You Following?

Follow @PACourts on Twitter for news about the Pennsylvania state court system, court opinions and other information. The stat...

Dec 04

Got a Traffic Ticket? Pay it Online

Pay court-ordered fines, fees, costs or restitution from the comfort of your own home or office. The state court system offers...

Dec 04

Delco Judge Jenkins Nominated to Superior Court

Gov. Thomas Corbett has nominated Delaware County Judge Patricia Jenkins to a vacancy on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. J...

Nov 21

Cosgrove Named AOPC Chief Legal Counsel

A veteran Luzerne County attorney has been named chief legal counsel for the AOPC’s Legal Department, Court Administrator...

Nov 21

Allegheny County Drug Court Earns Honors

Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd presented Allegheny County Judge Kevin G. Sasinoski with a certificate of accreditation for the...

Nov 12

PA Court System Puts Focus on Helping Veterans

Want to help former servicemen and servicewomen who come into contact with the criminal justice system? Pennsylvania’s j...

Nov 08

Voters Give Their Approval to Appellate Court Jurists

Pennsylvania voters have chosen to retain four appellate court jurists. Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille and J...

Nov 06

Victims of Attorney Theft Awarded $3.25 Million by Clients’ Security Fund

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille announced that 47 claimants who were allegedly bilked by a Wilkes-Barre attorne...

Oct 30

Profiles of Two Supreme Court Justices to Air on PCN-TV

Two Supreme Court justices seeking retention will appear this week on special editions of the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s...

Oct 28

Nation’s Largest Funder of Civil Legal Aid Services Hosts Pittsburgh Forum

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille joined other top court leaders from neighboring Maryland and West Virginia to b...

Oct 21

Chief Justice Clarifies Misleading Account of Supreme Court Actions

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille has issued a statement refuting claims in a new book that the Supreme Court of...

Oct 09

Supreme Court Appoints Panella to the Court of Judicial Discipline

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge Jack A. Panella to the Court of Judicial...

Sep 23

Singapore Visitors Interested in Elder Law Issues

Representatives from Singapore’s Office of Public Guardian traveled halfway around the world to learn more about practices...

Sep 17

Clerk Ordered to Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini has granted the state Department of Health’s petition seeking to compel...

Sep 12

Commonwealth Court to Hold Special Session in City of Reading

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session on Sept. 13 in Reading, where a three-judge panel is schedule...

Sep 09

Chief Justice: $4 Million Distribution Will Help Fund Civil Legal Services to Low Income Pennsylvanians

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said today that rules adopted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2012 are...

Sep 06

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Two Luzerne County Locations

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided to move three cases previously set for a special session at Dallas High School in Lu...

Aug 29

National Book Showcases Pennsylvania Courtrooms

Pennsylvania Supreme Court courtrooms in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg are featured in a new book about state courthou...

Aug 22

AOPConnected: The Latest Court Updates and News

A Common Pleas Court judge narrowly escaped the deadly bomb blasts at this year’s Boston Marathon. Read his first-person...

Aug 13

Judge Bender Elected President Judge of Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has elected Judge John T. Bender as president of the 15-member intermediate appellate court. P...

Aug 13

Fourth Report Released on New Media’s Impact on the Judiciary

An increasing number of courts are implementing rules to control the use of new media like Facebook and Twitter in the courtroom...

Aug 08

Fewer Abused and Neglected Children in Foster Care

The number of abused and neglected children placed in foster care or temporary living arrangements throughout Pennsylvania conti...

Aug 07

Court Administrator of Pennsylvania Named to National Office

Zygmont Pines, court administrator of Pennsylvania, has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators and...

Aug 02

Stevens Sworn into Office as Supreme Court Justice

Former Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens became the newest member of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Tuesday...

Jul 31

Top Website Views Provide Vital Feedback

Visitors to the Unified Judicial System website consistently are viewing the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s opinions and...

Jul 30

Pennsylvania Judiciary Launches System to Measure Problem-Solving Courts Performance

The Pennsylvania Judiciary is launching a new system across the Commonwealth to track problem-solving court case results that ar...

Jul 17

Costs for Traffic Violations Add Up

Ever wonder where the money from  a traffic ticket goes? A summary of fees and costs associated with moving traffic viola...

Jul 17

Commonwealth Court Voter ID hearing continues today

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania today is continuing its consideration of a challenge to Pennsylvania’s voter/photo...

Jul 15

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Appoints Keenan to Board of Law Examiners

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed C. Robert Keenan III, Esq., to the Board of Law Examiners. Keenan, of Alleghen...

Jul 11

Senate Confirms Judge Stevens to Supreme Court

Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens will fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court following his confirmation by the Pe...

Jul 01

President Judge Stevens’ Supreme Court Nomination Advances

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously recommended that the full Senate consider the nomination of Superi...

Jun 27

Clarification for Drivers about Philadelphia Traffic Court

State legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this week transferred the authority of the Philadelphia Traffic Court to th...

Jun 21

Chief Justice Castille Issues Statement on Signing of Bill Dismantling Philadelphia Traffic Court

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille today issued the following statement on Governor Tom Corbett’s signing of...

Jun 19

Governor Appoints Stevens to Supreme Court Vacancy

Gov. Thomas Corbett has appointed Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens to the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Penn...

Jun 14

Online Court Payments Top $100 Million

More than $100 million in traffic fines and other court-ordered fines, costs and restitution has been collected over the last tw...

Jun 10

A Decade of Fairness: Celebrating 10 Years of Advancing Equal Justice under the Law

A special program and reception were held on June 5 in Pittsburgh, as Duquesne University School of Law and the Pennsylvania Int...

Jun 05

Medical Malpractice Case Statistics Show Nearly 45 Percent Decline in Number of Case Filings Statewide

Audio clips of the chief justice are available on the UJS website The latest available medical malpractice case information re...

Jun 04

PA Courts Feed Reaches Twitter Milestone

@PACourts has reached a Twitter milestone of 2,000 followers. Our followers get the latest information about the state courts...

Jun 03

New Judicial Rules and Policies Standardize Best Practices for Constables

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted new rules that will, for the first time, require uniform policies, procedures and...

May 28

Juvenile Court Youth Community Service Yields $3.9 Million Worth of Volunteer Services in 2012

Audio clips of the chief justice and an infographic are available on the UJS website. In 2012, thousands of youth performed un...

May 22

Chief Justice Appears at Senate Hearing on Legal Services

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille spoke at a state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing studying the need for civil...

May 18

Allegheny County Judge Clark Appointed to Two Committees

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark to the Domestic Relations and Juvenile...

May 13

Superior Court to Hold “Mega Seminar” in Luzerne County

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a “mega seminar” for the Pennsylvania State Police and local police dep...

May 06

Foster Care Numbers Drop By A Third Over Last Six Years

EDITORS NOTE: Radio actualities and an informational graphic regarding this topic are available on the Judiciary’s media r...

May 02

Courts, Libraries Join to Promote Greater Understanding of Judicial System

As part of the celebration of Law Week, April 29 – May 3, the Supreme Court has partnered with the Pennsylvania Library As...

May 01

Supreme Court’s Elder Law Task Force Will Tackle Growing Abuses to Older Pennsylvanians

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has formed an Elder Law Task Force, chaired by Justice Debra Todd, to study the growing proble...

Apr 18

Chief Justice Castille Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

During this 50th anniversary year of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision establishing the right to counsel for the indige...

Apr 11

Evers Selected Interim Court Administrator for the First Judicial District

Joseph Evers, a 40-year veteran of the Philadelphia court system, has been named interim court administrator of Pennsylvania&rsq...

Apr 10

Chief Justice Castille Issues Final Progress Report on Juvenile Justice Recommendations

NOTE: Audio actualities from Chief Justice Castille are available Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille today prese...

Apr 08