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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20, Feb 2015 - Matthew T. Mangino: Crime, intrigue and politics in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. Kathleen Kane, the state’s attorney general, is currently embroiled in an ever-widening scandal.
02, Feb 2015 - Lawyer fights $1M fine over banned testimony, mistrial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A single word of testimony at a medical-malpractice trial has cost a Pennsylvania lawyer a nearly $1 million fine she says threatens her home, her family and her small law firm.
26, Oct 2014 - Pennsylvania state Supreme Court justice suspended over role in porn emails scandal
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended one of its members over his participation in a state government pornographic email scandal that involved employees of the attorney general's office.
12, Oct 2014 - Bedford, PA 80-year prison sentence for Bedford man affirmed
By: WJAC Web Staff BEDFORD, Pa. -- An 80-year prison sentence for a Bedford County child sex offender was affirmed by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins said that in a 21-page Memorandum Opinion dated September 12, the Superior Court affirmed the 2012 conviction and 80-year sentence for Kerry Charles Smith, 53, of Everett. ...
12, Oct 2014 - Northumberland, PA Newlyweds sit emotionless as judge sentences them to life in prison for killing a stranger they lur
Miranda Barbour picked up the victim at a mall in Pennsylvania — and once they parked, Elytte Barbour came out of his hiding place under a blanket
12, Oct 2014 - Dauphin, PA Two turnpike defendants could see charges dropped
HARRISBURG – Two of the remaining six defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission corruption case could see the charges against them dropped if a judge allows them to enter a diversion program.
12, Oct 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA Joan Orie Melvin sentenced stayed during appeal
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin won't be serving her house arrest sentence, or any other terms of her punishment, while she appeals her conviction on campaign corruption charges, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.
12, Oct 2014 - Centre, PA Pennsylvania Woman blamed for her own rape while working in a prison
The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is blaming a former state prison clerk for her own rape, in response to a federal lawsuit the woman filed. The 24-year-old typist was working at the state prison at Rockview in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, when she was attacked in 2013. She was choked unconscious and raped for 27 minutes by […]
12, Oct 2014 - Centre, PA Pennsylvania state prison clerk blamed for her own rape in state response to lawsuit
Even though the prisoner was convicted of the rape, and a review of the prison found multiple failings and led to the superintendent's removal, a senior deputy attorney general wrote that the woman "acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to the events" in his response to her lawsuit.
12, Oct 2014 - Norristown council approves $495K court settlement with ACLU, resident
Norristown Council approved a $495,000 court settlement Tuesday that compensates the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania and a Norristown woman for the so-called “three strikes” ordinance that was repealed by council on Aug. 6.
12, Oct 2014 - Reading, PA Retrial ordered for death row inmate
READING (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has granted a new trial to a man sentenced to death in the murder of a friend 8½½ years ago.
12, Oct 2014 - Franklin, PA Pennsylvania officials in porn email scandal named by attorney general
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's attorney general on Thursday identified top state officials who received pornographic emails on government computers, reversing course after a long-running fight with reporters who sought the release of the information. All of the officials named by Attorney General Kathleen Kane served under Governor Tom Corbett when he was attorney ...
12, Oct 2014 - Pennsylvania Man Arrested For Speeding And Possession of Marijuana
A Pennsylvania man was arrested for allegedly driving over 100 miles per hour on interstate 81. Authorities say 20 year old Jason Holleran of New Milford was driving 103 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone in Kirkwood when he was pulled over Tuesday. Police say Holleran was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was issued a ticket and is due back in court on October 7th.
12, Oct 2014 - Dauphin, PA 2 turnpike defendants could see charges dropped
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two of the remaining six defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission corruption case could see the charges against them dropped if a judge allows them to enter a diversion program.
12, Oct 2014 - Federal judge recommends man accused of creating hoax at KC airport on 9/11 be set free
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Pennsylvania man accused of creating a hoax that closed down a busy terminal at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks might go free without ever standing trial, after a federal judge recommended the court allow the mentally ill man to be released.
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