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PA Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts Urges Enhanced Protection of Older People during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts issued a statement today, calling on all Pe...

Nov 30

Autism and the courts statewide panel

Committed to access to justice for Pennsylvanians with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along wi...

Nov 10

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts Make a Difference for Veterans

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 814,000 veterans as of 2019. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’...

Nov 09

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Department of Human Services to Hold Statewide Discussions about Autism in the Courts

Committed to access to justice for Pennsylvanians with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along wi...

Oct 27

Pennsylvania Courts Look at Protection from Abuse Orders During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Over 39,000 new protection from Abuse (PFA) orders were filed statewide in 2019. A PFA is a civil court order that protects victim...

Oct 16

PA Supreme Court Advisory Council Develops Guidance for Judges Handling Guardianship Cases

In an effort to help judges navigate the complex issues involved in guardianship cases, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Adv...

Oct 05

Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Charges in Pennsylvania

Drug delivery resulting in death (DDRD) charges statewide have increased by 356 percent between 2015 and 2019. In Pennsylvania, a...

Sep 11

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Responds to Attorney Baldwin’s Challenge to Reprimand

The following statement is released on behalf of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty, David Wec...

Sep 08

Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts Advises of Reported Phone Scam

Pennsylvania’s Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) is advising the public to stay vigilant against a recentl...

Sep 02

Task Group Releases Report on Magisterial District Court Security

Following a comprehensive review of security measures and vulnerabilities at magisterial district court offices statewide, a repor...

Aug 28

Traffic citations in school zones increased by 32% last year

In Pennsylvania, there was a 32 percent increase in school zone traffic violations from 2018-2019. Over the last five years, 32,08...

Aug 20

How prevalent is animal abuse in Pennsylvania?

Over the past few years, 52 percent of animal abuse offenses filed in Pennsylvania were for neglect of an animal, with 41 percent...

Jul 17

Over 34 million cases sealed from public view under Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law

Since Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law took effect last year on June 28, 2019, over 34 million cases and nearly 47 million off...

Jun 12

Superior Court to Hear Oral Arguments via Video Conference

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hear its first oral arguments via video conference next week on Mon. May 18, Wed. May 20 a...

May 15

Pennsylvania Superior Court Releases Upcoming Oral Argument Schedule

Amid the continued COVID-19 outbreak, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania today announced it will continue using advanced communica...

May 15

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Hold May Argument Session via Live-Stream Video Conference

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today announced the Court’s plan to conduct the upcoming May argument session by live-stream...

May 14

Commonwealth Court Announces Live-Stream Argument Schedule

Amid ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court today announced its oral argument schedule for M...

May 08

A Look at Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Courts

In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania courts today released an infographic highlighting data re...

May 08

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...

May 04

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Directs Local Courts to Restore More Operations

In an Order issued today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed county courts to restore a wider range of operations, while givi...

Apr 28

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Pa Commonwealth Court Live-Streams on YouTube

Committed to maintaining publicly accessible court proceedings, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court today announced it will ho...

Apr 27

New Statewide Partnership Focuses on Autism Awareness and Education in the Courts

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), is launching a statewide initiativ...

Apr 21

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania distracted driving citations decreased by 10 percent statewide from 2018 to 2019. Distracted driving citations in Pen...

Apr 20

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