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2021

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Pennsylvania Celebrates Constitution Day

In recognition of Constitution Day, the Pennsylvania Courts today released an infographic highlighting fundamental information about both the federal and state constitutions....

September 17

Commonwealth Court Issues Notices Outlining COVID-19 Protocols for Oral Argument Sessions and Single-Judge Proceedings

As Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court prepares for a return to in-person proceedings, the Court has issued updated COVID-19 protocols....

September 14

Pennsylvania Judges Join Local School Districts to Welcome Kids Back to School

Nearly 100 judges statewide volunteer to join effort

Committed to the communities in which they serve, judges from across Pennsylvania have joined with local school districts to welcome children safely back for the 2021-22 school year....

August 25

Traffic citations in school zones drop during 2020

In Pennsylvania, there was a 62 percent decrease in school zone traffic violations from 2019-2020. Over the last five years, 28,357 drivers were cited for either speeding in school zones or illegally passing a school bus....

August 13

How prevalent is animal abuse in Pennsylvania?

Libre’s Law, the anti-cruelty law (Act 10) that strengthened the protection of animals, went into effect in late August of 2017. Since then, over 25,000 animal abuse offenses have been filed statewide –  54 percent of which were for neglect of an animal....

July 09

Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, Elder Justice Partners Host Virtual Town Hall on Preventing and Responding to Financial Exploitation

Recognizing the importance of identifying and understanding elder abuse for one of Pa.’s most vulnerable populations, the Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts and its elder justice partners today hosted a virtual town hall discussion on preventing and responding to financial exploitation. 
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June 23

Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, Elder Justice Partners Host Virtual Town Hall on Preventing and Responding to Financial Exploitation

The Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, along with its elder justice partners, will hold a virtual town hall discussion on preventing and responding to financial exploitation.  ...

June 17

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Department of Human Services Address Criminal Justice Reform for Pennsylvanians with Autism

Recognizing the importance of criminal justice reform for those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), today took steps toward addressing access to justice issues in western Pennsylvania. ...

June 17

Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, Elder Justice Partners Host Virtual Town Hall on Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse

Recognizing the importance of identifying and understanding elder abuse for one of Pa.’s most vulnerable populations, the Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts and its elder justice partners today hosted a virtual town hall discussion on understanding and identifying elder abuse.  

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June 16

Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, Elder Justice Partners Host Virtual Town Hall on Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse

The Pa. Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, along with its criminal justice partners, will hold two virtual town-hall discussions on elder abuse and financial exploitation.  ...

June 11

Senior Judge Reinstated for Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas

Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts today announced that retired Common Pleas Judge Kenneth D. Brown will be reinstated as a senior judge for the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas....

June 10

Identity-theft case trends in Pennsylvania

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a mostly gradual decrease in identity- theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraudulent use of another person’s identifying information (social security number, bank account information, license etc.)....

June 10

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Reflects on the Passing of Former Chief Justice Zappala

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Max Baer today released the following statement on the passing of former Chief...

May 24

Highlighting Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Courts

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Courts today released an infographic highlighting data from the...

May 07

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...

April 13

Distracted-driving citations in Pennsylvania

Overall traffic citations in Pennsylvania decreased by 33 percent in 2020 during the pandemic compared to 2019. Specifically, dist...

April 01

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Department of Human Services Address Criminal Justice Reform for Pennsylvanians with Autism

Recognizing the importance of criminal justice reform for those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme C...

March 23

Women on the Bench in Pennsylvania

In recognition of March as National Women’s History Month, the Pennsylvania Courts take a look at the history of women judge...

March 04

Commonwealth Court Reacts to Pa Supreme Court Chief Justice Transition Plan

On behalf of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, President Judge P. Kevin Brobson released the following statement recognizing...

March 01

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Announces Retirement Transition Plan

Under the state Constitution, a Justice of the Supreme Court must retire at the end of the calendar year in which they reach the a...

February 28

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Department of Human Services Discuss Criminal Justice Reform for Pennsylvanians with Autism

Recognizing the importance of criminal justice reform for those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme C

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February 22

PA Courts Launch New Subscription Feature for Court News and Updates

In a continued effort to ensure Pennsylvania’s Courts remain transparent and accessible, the Administrative Office of Pennsy...

February 16

Highlighting Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Appellate Courts

Pennsylvania’s Superior and Commonwealth Courts both play a unique role in the state court system. Both Courts work to deter...

February 11

Update on the Unified Judicial System Web Portal

In 2001, the AOPC, through its Unified Judicial System (UJS) Web Portal, began providing the public with access to appellate court...

February 08

Commonwealth Court of Pa Launches Twitter Account -- @CommCtofPA

Focused on ensuring court information is easily accessible to the public, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has established a...

February 08

Pennsylvania Court Technology for Clean Slate and Language Access Receives National Recognition

The Pennsylvania Courts have been selected this year again as a two-time winner of the National Association for Court Management (...

January 19

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Department of Human Services Address Access to Justice for Pennsylvanians with Autism

Focused on providing for the needs of Pennsylvanians with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), will hold a virtual forum to address access to justice issues in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties....

January 18