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, Dec 2014 - Pennsylvania attorney general won't defend state's pro-NRA gun law
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said on Friday her office would not defend a new state law enabling the National Rifle Association to take court action against municipalities with restrictive gun regulations. The law giving court standing to the NRA was challenged in a lawsuit filed last month by the cities of Philadelphia, Lancaster, and ...
20, Dec 2014 - Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania prosecutor to seek death for couple in toddler's murder
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for a Pennsylvania mother and her boyfriend accused of beating her 3-year-old son to death, a spokeswoman for the Chester County District Attorney said on Friday in announcing a formal arraignment for the couple on Dec. 31. ...
20, Dec 2014 - Bucks, PA State prison system making changes to deal with mentally ill
There were many times during Khasiem Carr's tumultuous journey through Pennsylvania's mental health and prison systems when it seemed things couldn't get worse. Then, they generally did.
20, Dec 2014 - Sandusky won't get his pension back
Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement Board. Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testifies via webcam at his pension hearing in Harrisburg on Jan. 7, 2014.
20, Dec 2014 - Pa. justices uphold $151 million Wal-Mart verdict
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding a $151 million verdict in favor of workers at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in the state.
20, Dec 2014 - Businessman sentenced in Iran export ban violation - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has been sentenced to 12 months on probation under a plea deal for conspiring to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.
20, Dec 2014 - Twenty PA residents arrested for insurance fraud
Residents of Berks, Bucks, Monroe and Schuylkill counties are among 20 individuals across Pennsylvania who have been arrested for a variety of unrelated insurance fraud offenses. Such offenses are among some of the most commonly committed crimes, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced the arrests Friday. The recent sweep is the result of investigations by the attorney ...
20, Dec 2014 - York, PA Pennsylvania man guilty in stabbing death of police dog
By Elizabeth Daley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man was found guilty on Monday in the killing of a German Shepherd police dog whose death inspired "Rocco's Law," strengthening penalties for such crimes, court officials said. A Pittsburg jury found John Rush, 22, guilty of 11 charges including felony aggravated assault, torture of a police animal and disarming an officer in the ...
20, Dec 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA Judge David Wecht running for state Supreme Court
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Superior Court Judge David Wecht is formally announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for one of three vacant seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
20, Dec 2014 - Pa. Supreme Court affirms $151M ruling against Wal-Mart
(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.
20, Dec 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA Ex-church volunteer faces 20-year max in porn case
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former western Pennsylvania youth pastor faces up to 20 years in prison now that federal authorities have taken over the case, charging him with possessing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, some with adults performing sex acts with infants.
20, Dec 2014 - Special counsel: McCaffery was only state Supreme Court judge to send porn emails
An investigation of emails exchanged between Pennsylvania's Supreme Court and attorney general's office found that retired Justice Seamus McCaffery was the only judge who forwarded improper or pornographic messages, according to a report released Friday.
20, Dec 2014 - Politically Uncorrected - 2015: Challenge amid change in the Keystone State
In 2014, Pennsylvania selected a new governor, rejected an old governor, and voted decisively to be indecisive about which party should control state government — overwhelmingly handing the executive branch to Democrats while just as overwhelmingly turning the legislature over to Republicans — thus installing divided government in the Keystone State. As a new year begins, it’s an auspicious time ...
20, Dec 2014 - New Philly casino license challenged in court
Last month's award of a Philadelphia casino license is being appealed to the Pennsylvania high court.
20, Dec 2014 - Centre, PA Man sentenced to 4-12 years in prison in woman’s fatal overdose
Judge Jonathan Grine on Monday spoke to the uniqueness of the case of Ryan Kemp, 28, before sentencing the Pennsylvania Furnace man to four to 12 years plus a year… Click to Continue »
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