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2018

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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