The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

  • 2019-2020 Judicial Budget Request

    2019-2020 Judicial Budget Request

    Jurists and staff of the Unified Judicial System (UJS) work hard to ensure that Pennsylvania’s courts are accessible and just. As a core function of state government we are guided by centuries of tradition, yet we foster innovation as well. Either way we are mindful of the need to use public resources effectively in the administration of justice.

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  • Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court released an educational video highlighting the Guardianship Tracking System (GTS)

    New Statewide Guardianship Tracking System

    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court released an educational video highlighting the Guardianship Tracking System (GTS), a new web-based system for guardians, court staff, Orphans’ Court clerks and judges to file, manage, track and submit reports. The video highlights how the new system will help protect adults of all ages who have been appointed a guardian by Pennsylvania courts. 

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  • Committee board openings

    Apply now for openings on Supreme Court Committees and Boards

    The Supreme Court is aided by select boards, committees, commissions and councils consisting of more than 180 appointed volunteers — most, but not all, are lawyers and judges.

    The panels have a wide range of responsibilities and functions. Some make recommendations to the court for amendments, revisions or simplification of court procedural rules. Others regulate the practice of law, oversee continuing legal education for lawyers and administer funds to assist individuals unable to pay for legal services. Still others advise on keeping the courts free of bias and discrimination and on long-range planning.

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    Language access coordinators

    Language Access Coordinators oversee the provision of language access services in their judicial districts in compliance with all applicable laws and the district’s policy. Contact these individuals if you wish to request an interpreter for your case or need assistance obtaining information in your language about court services in that particular district.

    Coordinadores de acceso lingüístico

    Los coordinadores de acceso lingüístico supervisan la provisión de servicios de acceso lingüístico en sus distritos judiciales en conformidad con todas las leyes aplicables y la política del distrito. Comuníquese con estas personas si desea solicitar un intérprete para su caso o si necesita ayuda obteniendo información en su idioma sobre los servicios que ofrece el tribunal en ese distrito en particular. 

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    Pa Courts Launches Android Version of PAeDocket – First State-level Mobile App for Finding Court Dockets

    Pennsylvania courts recently launched the Android version of PAeDocket – a free app that provides a quick and simple search of court cases or dockets.

    Utilizing mobile apps provides a valuable service for the public, including lawyers, law enforcement, consumers, victims and victims’ families.

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Pennsylvania sees a positive increase in kinship care placement over the last five years

Pennsylvania court data shows that over the last five years, the placement of children in kinship care has nearly doubled. The Office of Children and Families in the Courts (OCFC) tries their best to place children in the care of someone they know and have a relationship with (kinship care) before resorting to other placements – this could be a relative, coach, family friend, etc.

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Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Lycoming County

Committed to educating the public about the court appeals process, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold an upcoming special session in Williamsport, Lycoming County, at the Lycoming County courthouse.

The special session of the Court will offer an opportunity for area students and the public to learn more about the process by which appeals before our state courts are considered and resolved.

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