Courts in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania's state court system includes Magistrate District Judicial Courts, as well as Philadelphia Traffic Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Courts at its lowest level. Pennsylvania's trial courts are called Courts of Common Pleas, and these hear domestic relations, general civil, and juvenile cases in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Courts hear criminal, civil, and administrative agency appeals, and the Pennsylvania Superior Court also hears these types of appeals. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the highest court in the Pennsylvania court system. The Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System provides an online database where you can find out more about Pennsylvania court cases. This judiciary web portal can be found at and includes information including a public case calendar for the various courts, Pennsylvania court rules, and a Docket Sheet online database that can be searched by docket number and organization or party name. This database can also be searched by police report number to find information about police incidents in Pennsylvania. The website also includes an e-pay system, which you can use to pay Pennsylvania fines and costs online. For more information regarding the online services, see
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24, Nov 2014 - Somerset, PA Degree-of-murder trial opens in hammer slaying
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - A special trial has opened for a western Pennsylvania woman who shot her female lover twice in the head before also hitting her in the face with a claw hammer.
24, Nov 2014 - Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania death row inmate gets stay of execution
By Elizabeth Daley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man sentenced to death for murdering four people was granted a stay of execution on Tuesday so he could join lawsuits challenging the state's execution methods, according to authorities. Michael Ballard, 41, of Allentown had been sentenced to die on Dec. 2 for the murders of his former girlfriend, Denise Merhi, her father, Dennis Marsh, her ...
24, Nov 2014 - Alleged Sex Offender Found Hiding in Woods Makes Court Appearance
The alleged sex offender who authorities arrested after he was found hiding in a man made fort in Pennsylvania appeared in court for arraignment Monday morning in Brooke County. David David, 64, of Florence, PA., was charged with a felony offense of sexual assault in the first degree. 
24, Nov 2014 - Franklin, PA Franklin County area police log
LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP >> A state prison employee is facing charges of institutional sexual assault for incidents that took place between Sept. 17 and Oct. 14 at the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, according to Pennsylvania State Police, Carlisle.
24, Nov 2014 - Allegheny, PA Man who blew up own home is sentenced to prison
A Pennsylvania man who blew up his own house was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to arson and dozens of other charges, authorities said.
24, Nov 2014 - Ask the author: Garrett Epps on clashing visions on the Court
The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins on the occasion of the publication of American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court (University of Pennsylvania Press), by University of Baltimore law professor Garrett Epps, who is also the Supreme Court correspondent for The Atlantic Online. Welcome, Garrett. Thank you for […]
24, Nov 2014 - Lycoming, PA Man gets 62½½ years to life in 2012 park slaying
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted in a shooting death in a central Pennsylvania park following a fight at a basketball court two years ago has been sentenced to 62½½ years to life in prison.
24, Nov 2014 - Allegheny, PA Man Gets Prison in Hindenburg-Inspired House Blast
Pennsylvania man inspired by Hindenburg sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison for house blast
24, Nov 2014 - Cities sue over Pennsylvania law allowing NRA to challenge local firearm restrictions in court
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's two largest cities sued the state on Monday over a new law that was designed to let the National Rifle Association challenge local firearms ordinances in court.
24, Nov 2014 - York, PA McCaffery's rise and fall
The following is from Inquirer and Associated Press articles, and biographies prepared by former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery.
24, Nov 2014 - Justice Stevens speaks on high-profile cases, other issues at crime watch meeting
WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens on Wednesday told a local crime watch coalition that high-profile trials seem to be on the rise, and he spent about 45 minutes addressing issues that arise from such cases and other court-related issues.
24, Nov 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA Judge rejects ex-justice's apology letters
A western Pennsylvania judge has rejected apology letters written by former state Supreme Court justice Joan Orie Melvin and ordered her back on house arrest.
24, Nov 2014 - Philadelphia, PA Pa. Supreme Court asked to restore conviction of monsignor in abuse case
Frances Burns HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Philadelphia prosecutors urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore the conviction of a monsignor who failed to protect children from abusive priests.
24, Nov 2014 - Lackawanna, PA Kane's car crash derailed testimony a second time
The early-morning car accident that left Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane with a concussion last month occurred hours before she was scheduled to testify in a grand jury investigation into possible improper leaks by her office, according to people with knowledge of the case.
24, Nov 2014 - Allegheny, PA Pennsylvania man inspired by Hindenburg sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison for house blast
A suicidal man who got the idea to blow up his house after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg explosion was sentenced Tuesday to five to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to more than two dozen charges stemming from the blast.
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