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Federal and state judicial bodies whose function is to resolve disputes and dispense justice according to the principles of law and equity. Court processes involve interpreting the laws; presiding over encounters between the prosecution and defense in criminal matters and plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters; examining evidence and the credibility of witnesses; instructing juries; and determining liability and damages in civil matters and guilt or acquittal and sentencing in criminal matters. Courts also have the power to grant restraining orders, injunctions or other restrictions in appropriate circumstances.

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Unified Judicial System of PennsylvaniaAt the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website you can learn about How the Courts Operate, History of the Pennsylvania Judicial System, and How Judges are Elected. There are links to FAQs, a Legal Glossary, and information on Jury Duty. Links are also provided to:
  • Opinions: Search court opinions and postings,
  • Cases of public interest: Find information on cases,
  • Docket Sheets: Search, view and print court docket sheets,
  • Pay Fines or Fees: Securely pay court fines and fees online,
  • E-Filing: Submit case filings online,
  • Forms: Access Unified Judicial System forms,
  • Public Records: Access public records and policies.
Two locations: AOPC Harrisburg 601 Commonwealth Ave. Suite 1500 P.O. Box 61260 Harrisburg, PA 17106 p. 717-231-3300 AOPC Philadelphia 1515 Market St. Suite 1414 Philadelphia, PA 19102 p. 215-560-6300
DauphinUnified Judicial System of PennsylvaniaUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania CourtsJudicial Administration Led by the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court supervises and administers Pennsylvania’s judicial branch of government. To assist it, the Supreme Court appoints the court administrator of Pennsylvania, a position established in Pennsylvania’s Constitution. The court administrator is responsible for the prompt and proper disposition of the business of all courts and leads the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC). A detailed list of the court administrator’s and AOPC’s responsibilities may be found in the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration 501-506. With principal offices in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, significant responsibilities of the AOPC include:
  • Ensuring accessible and safe courts for all citizens,
  • Recommending court system improvements and program innovations directly or collaboratively,
  • Representing the court system to citizens, at all government levels, and with the media and providing all with reliable information,
  • Reviewing operations, providing policy guidance and assisting 60 president judges and district court administrators in local court management,
  • Developing and maintaining information technology, such as case, financial and administrative management systems,
  • Providing legal services and, when appropriate, legal representation to system personnel,
  • Managing administrative functions, including finance and human resources,
  • Conducting statewide continuing education programs for judges and staff.
The court administrator of Pennsylvania is assisted by the deputy court administrator, the assistant court administrator and various administrative directors. Two locations: AOPC Harrisburg 601 Commonwealth Ave. Suite 1500 P.O. Box 61260 Harrisburg, PA 17106 p. 717-231-3300 AOPC Philadelphia 1515 Market St. Suite 1414 Philadelphia, PA 19102 p. 215-560-6300
DauphinUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania CourtsUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Magisterial District CourtsPennsylvania consists of 67 counties and every county except for Philadelphia County has Magisterial District Courts. These courts are lower courts of limited jurisdiction and there may be numerous Magisterial District Courts in each county, usually one per zip code and can include several municipalities. They handle matters such as landlord-tenant disputes, small claims, summary offenses, and violations of municipal ordinances and some Magisterial District Courts also handle traffic violations. For Magisterial District Court locations, addresses, phone numbers, and judges visit Magisterial District Judges to find the appropriate court. If filing, call the court to determine if it is the proper court for filing. Philadelphia County does not have a Magisterial District Court system. Instead use Philadelphia County Municipal Court or Philadelphia County Traffic Court. These courts hear similar matters to the Magisterial District Courts. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Magisterial District CourtsUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

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