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 - Franklin, PA Manhunt for Franklin County Prison escapee
FRANKLIN CO., Pa.-(WPMT) A manhunt for a prison escapee in Franklin County. Pennsylvania State Police say Arthur Nicholl, 21, of Chambersburg, failed to return to Franklin County Jail from work release today. He was reported missing at 3:45 pm. Nicholl is a brown eyed, white male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 215 pounds with a […]
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 - 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 - 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 - Brownsville, PA Pennsylvania death row inmate seeks new trial
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man sentenced to death in the murder of his former girlfriend a decade ago is seeking a new trial on the grounds that some evidence wasn't presented at his original trial.
12, Oct 2014 - Pa. man pleads not guilty in W.Va. on gun charges
By Rusty Marks A Pennsylvania man who overturned an SUV loaded with chickens, explosives and illegal guns on Interstate 79 in Roane County in August has been indicted on a federal gun charge. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Seth Grim, 21, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. Goodwin said Grim pleaded not guilty to a charge of being an unlawful user ...
12, Oct 2014 - Northumberland, PA Pennsylvania newlyweds get life without parole in Craigslist killing
(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania newlyweds who admitted using Craigslist to lure a victim for a thrill-killing were sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without parole in a plea deal that spared them from the death penalty, a defense spokeswoman said. The sentencing of Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, came about a month after they pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in ...
12, Oct 2014 - Porn-related emails turned over to top judge
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The attorney general's office on Friday provided Pennsylvania's chief justice with hundreds of emails after he sought any material that had pornographic content and related to any judge, a court system spokesman said.
12, Oct 2014 - Centre, PA Woman blamed for her own rape
(CNN) — 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.
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 - Northumberland, PA Newlyweds who admitted thrill killing get life sentences in Pennsylvania
Frances Burns SUNBURY, Pa., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The young newlyweds who lured a Pennsylvania man with an ad on Craigslist and then killed him were sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
12, Oct 2014 - Jane Orie promises fed appeal of corruption case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former state senator Jane Orie promised Wednesday to file a federal court appeal now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge of her campaign corruption conviction and prison sentence.
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