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    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Announces Passing of Chief Justice Max Baer

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is confirming the sudden passing of Chief Justice Max Baer. Baer died at his home near Pittsburgh. He was 74 years old.

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    Pa. Supreme Court Celebrating 300 Years

    To commemorate its 300th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hold a special argument session in Old City Hall, Philadelphia, in the Independence National Historical Park on May 18, followed by a two-day symposium on May 19 and 20 at the National Constitution Center.

    The symposium will review key aspects of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's jurisprudence, use the Court's tricentennial to explore broader issues in our republican form of government, and expound on the role of today's Supreme Court as the administrator of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System.

    Additional information is available here and via Facebook @PennsylvaniaCourts and Twitter @PACourts.

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    Multilingual Landlord/Tenant Forms Available in 12 Languages

    Landlord/tenant forms are available in English and 12 foreign languages most frequently used in Pennsylvania on the Forms for the Public page and on the Bilingual Forms page. The Pennsylvania courts stand committed to translating frequently used court forms into a number of different languages to ensure access for all court users. For more information about language access in the Unified Judicial System, Click here.

    Formularios Multilingües de Desahucio Disponibles en 12 Idiomas

    Formularios de desahucio están disponibles en inglés y los 12 idiomas extranjeros utilizados con mayor frecuencia en Pennsylvania en la página de Formularios para el Público y la página de Formularios Bilingües. Los tribunales de Pennsylvania están comprometidos a traducir los formularios más frecuentemente utilizados a diferentes idiomas para asegurar acceso a los tribunales para todos los usuarios. Para más información sobre acceso lingüístico en el Unified Judicial System, pulse aquí.

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    Pa. Courts Launch Civics Education Toolkit

    As one of the three branches of government, the judiciary reflects the core values of American democracy while acting as one of its essential pillars. Created by the Pa. Supreme Court, the Commission on Judicial Independence is charged with fostering a greater public understanding about the role of the courts and explaining the essential need of an independent judiciary.

     

    As part of their efforts, a comprehensive civics education toolkit was developed as a resource for teachers, students and the public to learn more about the work, role and structure of the state’s courts.

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Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts Make a Difference for Veterans

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with over 800,000 veterans as of 2021. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or other co-occurring disorders.

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Pennsylvania Courts Launch Data-Based Initiative to Better Serve Court Users with Autism

As work continues to bring lasting reform to the judicial system for individuals with autism, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty today announced the launch of a new  data initiative being piloted within the dependency court system to assist children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pennsylvania

In 2021, the number of new protection from abuse (PFA) orders filed statewide increased by 12 percent from 2020. A PFA is a civil court order to help protect victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member

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