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Court 101: Common court terms you may not know Permalink

Have you ever wondered what is meant by ex parte, habeas corpus or even disposition? Legal concepts and court terms can be complex. This infographic highlights a few of these important court terms.

How the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Operates Permalink

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest appellate court in North America. Justices serve 10-year terms, up to age 75 – and they receive and review over 2,000 requests for review annually.

Pennsylvania Common Pleas Judicial Needs Assessment Permalink

Pennsylvania’s judiciary today released the results of a statewide judicial needs assessment study that uses data to help to determine the ideal allocation of judicial resources in Common Pleas Courts to manage and resolve court business timely and effectively for the public.

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Courts Make a Difference for Veterans Permalink

Pennsylvania’s veterans population ranks fourth in the U.S. with nearly 846,000 veterans as of 2016. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’s veterans courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Veterans court participants appear before a judge on a regular basis; receive support and guidance from veteran mentors; and get treatment to address underlying problems often caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2016, 199 out of 274 veterans graduated from this specialty court, which is a 74 percent successful graduation rate.

Infographic: Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Data Permalink

Statewide and county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data from Pennsylvania courts is available via an interactive dashboard on the Pennsylvania judiciary’s website, with highlights in the infographic below. For example, 49 percent of processed PFA petitions are terminated by plaintiffs who either withdraw the complaint (20 percent) or don’t appear in court (29 percent).

Underage Drinking Citations in Pennsylvania Declining Permalink

Underage drinking citations statewide have decreased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2016. In Pennsylvania an underage drinking citation is issued to anyone under the age of 21 who is caught consuming, transporting, purchasing or attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage. These numbers do not include driving under the influence offenses. This infographic highlights key data and demographics about underage drinking in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania communities receive valuable service from juvenile offenders Permalink

By completing 702,919 hours of community service, 14,220 juveniles contributed to $5.1 million worth of volunteer service in 2014 and 2015. Most juvenile offenders in Pennsylvania successfully complete their public service benefiting communities across the state.

What is the difference between an investigating grand jury and a criminal trial jury? Permalink

An investigating grand jury and a criminal trial jury differ in a number of important ways. This infographic explains how.

How are judges elected in Pennsylvania? Permalink

Pennsylvania judges are chosen in elections that occur in odd-numbered years. Some judges serve 10-year terms, while others serve for 6 years. Judges must be Pennsylvania residents and U.S. citizens, be at least 21 years-of-age and must retire no later than age 75. This infographic highlights information about Pennsylvania’s judicial districts, terms, elections and retention votes.

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

Pennsylvania court data shows that 20,458 children were under supervision of dependency court in 2015, with 43 percent of those children under court supervision for 12 months or less, and 48 percent placed in kinship care with family or friends or in-home care