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Counties are supporting e-storage of documents

A bill introduced in 2013 aimed at upgrading county storage of court records is back in the spotlight.

March 11, 2014

A bill introduced in 2013 aimed at upgrading county storage of court records is back in the spotlight.

Increased Security Incidents Reported in 2013 Due to Improved Electronic Reporting System

A recent Pennsylvania state court report shows the number of security incidents in courtrooms across the state rose from 75 in 2009 to 238 in 2013.

March 10, 2014

A recent Pennsylvania state court report shows the number of security incidents in courtrooms across the state rose from 75 in 2009 to 238 in 2013. Similarly, the report showed an increase in the number of security incidents in magisterial district courts, rising from 130 in 2010 to 160 in 2013.

Court Revenue Key to Municipal Budgets

Municipalities across the Commonwealth depend on court revenue as additional income to support daily government functions.

March 10, 2014

Municipalities, across the Commonwealth, depend on court revenue as additional income to support daily government functions. However this support can be shaky, as court revenue is generally unpredictable.

Proposed Mental Health System in Northampton County

Earlier this year, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli advocated for the creation of a mental health court aimed at improving the lives of the mentally ill in Northampton County, while unclogging the judicial system from repeat offenders.

March 6, 2014

Earlier this year, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli advocated for the creation of a mental health court aimed at improving the lives of the mentally ill in Northampton County, while unclogging the judicial system from repeat offenders.  Under his proposal,  m

Winter Storms Causing Scheduling Problems for Pennsylvania Courts

This winter’s staggered snow and ice storms are causing a logistical nightmare for courts across Pennsylvania.

March 5, 2014

This winter’s staggered snow and ice storms are causing a logistical nightmare for courts across Pennsylvania.  The season’s barrage of inclement weather has caused numerous court closings, delayed openings, and postponed proceedings in jurisdict

Judge Anne E. Lazarus Elected Chairwoman of Judicial Conduct Board

Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, has been unanimously elected as the new chair of the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board.

March 4, 2014

Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, has been unanimously elected as the new chair of the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. She will replace outgoing chairman James E. McErlane, who served in the position since 2012.

New Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct Rule Bars Judges From Hearing Major Donors' Cases

In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the adoption of a revised Code of Judicial Conduct which will go into effect July of this year.

March 3, 2014

In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the adoption of a revised Code of Judicial Conduct which will go into effect July of this year.  One major area affected by the revised rules revolves around campaign contributions to judicial candidates.  Under the new

Legal Documents Now Come in Six New Languages in Philadelphia Courts

Life is now a little bit easier for non-english speakers in Philadelphia courts.

February 28, 2014

Life is now a little bit easier for non-english speakers in Philadelphia courts. This month, the Philadelphia court system released six new translations of some of its most frequently used documents, in Family Court and Municipal Court. The documents were translated into: Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Online Payments Help Pennsylvania Courts Collect and Distribute Over $455 million in 2013

Pennsylvania Courts collected a record $62 million from online payments in 2013.

February 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Courts collected a record $62 million from online payments in 2013. This record total contributed to the over $455 million that Pennsylvania courts collected and distributed in the same year. The online payments were facilitated through the Pennsylvania court system’s PAePay application, which allows defendants to conveniently make online payments using a debit or credit card.

New Hearing Officers Hired to Traffic Division

Five new hearing officers have been hired to adjudicate cases in the Traffic Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court starting this summer.

February 24, 2014

Five new hearing officers have been hired to adjudicate cases in the Traffic Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court starting this summer.  Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court during the i