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PA Superior Court Visited Historic Bedford County Courthouse

President Judge Travis Livengood and Bedford County Courts recently welcomed the Pennsylvania Superior Court to the historic Bedford County courthouse....

June 13

Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Offenses and Convictions in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a drug delivery resulting in death (DDRD) charge, also known as an offense, is issued to a person who intentionally administers, dispenses, delivers, gives, prescribes, sells or distributes any controlled substance, and another person died as a result of using the substance....

June 13

Pennsylvania Courts Develop Statewide Focus on Behavioral Health

In an effort to fulfill the Supreme Court’s long-standing commitment to making justice accessible for all Pennsylvanians, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts created an office focused on behavioral health, aimed at improving court responses to behavioral health challenges within the judicial system....

May 15

Highlighting Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Courts

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Courts today released an infographic highlighting data from the state’s mental health courts....

May 10

Pennsylvania Courts Hold Second Annual Take Your Child to Work Day Event

Focused on the importance of the Pennsylvania Judiciary in civics education, the Pennsylvania Courts today held their second annual Take Your Child to Work Day event, inviting staff to bring their children to work to learn about the function and the role of the state court system. ...

April 24

Pa Supreme Court Autism in the Courts Initiative Expands into the Pennsylvania Parole Board

Focused on the importance of partnerships in making permanent system change, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty today joined forces with the Pennsylvania Parole Board to offer autism education and awareness training to its board and staff....

April 17

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Celebrates Expansion of Sensory-Friendly Courtrooms during Autism Acceptance Month

Committed to court-reform for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Doughertymrecognized the efforts of courts statewide to create autism-friendly environments for court users and their families....

April 12

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month Highlights the “Faces of Autism in the Courts”

Committed to court-reform for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty, on behalf of the Court is once again promoting autism acceptance throughout the court system, highlighting those behind the important work being done statewide....

April 08

A look at Pennsylvania child abuse data during Child Abuse Awareness Month

Under Pennsylvania’s child abuse laws, 32,075 people were charged in 36,386 child abuse cases between 2019 to 2023, resulting in 10,915 case convictions. Of those defendants who were charged in child abuse cases, 56% were between the ages of 19-35 and 23% were charged with endangering the welfare of children....

April 05

Chief Justice Debra Todd Portrait Unveiled at the University of Pittsburgh Law School

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law recently unveiled an official portrait of Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd during a ceremony at the law school.

The portrait will be placed for students, visitors, and alumni to view in the Barco Law Building....

March 26

New Deputy Chief Counsel Appointed to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania State Court Administrator Andrew Tuominen today announced the appointment of Sean Concannon as the new deputy chief counsel for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC). ...

March 15

Women on the Bench in Pennsylvania

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, the Pennsylvania Courts today released an infographic looking at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary, as well as those women currently serving....

March 13

Top 10 Traffic Violations in Pennsylvania

Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 5.8 million total traffic summary violations were issued in Pennsylvania from 2018 through 2022. That is an average of 3,196 traffic tickets per day, with speeding violations leading the way....

February 16

Pennsylvania Courts’ Cyber Attack Update

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd provides the following update on the Pennsylvania Courts’ website denial of service cyber attack:

“Last week, the courts were the target of a significant and serious denial of service attack, orchestrated by a faceless and nameless virtual opponent who was intent on attacking our infrastructure and orchestrating a shutdown of our state judicial system....

February 12

Pennsylvania Courts Announce New Pilot Project Providing Free Legal Representation to Older Adults in Guardianship Cases

The Pennsylvania Courts through its Office of Elder Justice in the Courts (OEJC) today announced a new, grant-funded pilot project with MidPenn Legal Services and the Dauphin County Orphans’ Court to provide free legal representation in all guardianship cases in Dauphin County for adults aged 60 and older. ...

January 25

The Honorable Daniel D. McCaffery Sworn-in as Newest Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd today officially welcomed Justice Daniel D. McCaffery as a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania following his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony. ...

January 11

Human-trafficking offenses decrease in Pennsylvania

Human-trafficking offenses in Pennsylvania decreased by nearly 41 percent from 2021 to 2022, with 809 offenses charged statewide over the last five years....

January 05

Judge Anne Lazarus Elected President Judge of Pennsylvania Superior Court

By unanimous vote, the judges of the Pennsylvania Superior Court have elected Judge Anne Lazarus to be the new president judge effective January 7, 2024. 

President Judge-Elect Lazarus succeeds President Judge Jack Panella who completes his five-year term on January 6, 2024. Once installed as president judge, each of Pennsylvania’s three appellate courts will be led by women....

January 02