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About Pennsylvania's Courts

Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System forms a hierarchical structure that can best be illustrated in the form of a pyramid. A description of each level of the judiciary, beginning with the minor courts is presented.

A Short History of Pennsylvania's Courts

Information on the historical underpinnings of the Pennsylvania Courts

Asked and Answered: Information about Pennsylvania's Courts and American Jurisprudence

Asked & Answered is a central resource page of the Pennsylvania Judiciary's Web site. Here you can access annual reports and press releases as well as information on how the courts are structured, how they function and how to contact them.

Definitions of Legal Terms

Glossary of terms commonly used in the judicial system.

How Judges Are Elected

Information on the basic requirements for the position of judge and information on elections, tenure and the filling of judicial vacancies.

Jury Duty in Pennsylvania

Information on serving on jury duty in the courts of Pennsylvania.

Beaver County Court of Common Pleas

Information about the court and related offices.

Berks County Court of Common Pleas

Information on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

Bucks County Courts

Court website. Information on the courts and related offices in Bucks County.

Butler County Court Administration

Information on the court and related offices.

Cambria County Courts

Information on the court and related offices.

Carbon County Courts

Information on the court and related offices.

Chester County Court of Common Pleas

Information on the court and related offices.

Clarion County Courts

Information on the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

Clearfield County Courts

Information on court and related offices.

Clinton County Courts

Information on the court and related offices.

County of Schuylkill - Court Administration

Information on the Court of Common Pleas and related offices, including District Justices is located on the site.

Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County

Information on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County

Court of Common Pleas - Greene County, Pennsylvania

Information on County Court and Court Offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Centre County

Information on court and related offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County

Information on the court and related offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County

Information on the court and related offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County

Information on the court and related offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County

Information on the court and related offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County

Information on the court and related offices.

Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia

This is the court of general trial jurisdiction for Philadelphia County.

Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Judicial District - Snyder and Union Counties

information on the Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Judicial District - Snyder and Union Counties.

Court of Common Pleas of the 37th Judicial District - Warren & Forest Counties

Information on the Court of Common Pleas and related offices, including District Justices.

Court of Common Pleas of York County

Information on the Court of Common Pleas of York County.

Court of Common Pleas - 17th Judicial District

Information about the Court of Common Pleas in Union County.

Dauphin County Courts Information

Information on the court and related offices.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas

Information on the court and related offices.

Erie County Courts

Information on the court and related offices.

Fayette County Court of Common Pleas - Court Administration

Information on the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Franklin County District Justice Office

Information on District Justices in Franklin County

Fulton County Court of Common Pleas

Information on the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

Government in Bradford County

Information on govenment offices in Bradford County.

Greene County Department of Law and Order

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Greene County and other offices in the Department of Law and Order.

Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas

Information on the Court of Common Pleas of Huntingdon County

Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas

Information on the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Juniata County - Court of Common Pleas of the 41st Judicial District

Information on the Court of Common Pleas of the 41st Judicial District - Juniata County

Jury Duty in Pennsylvania

Information on serving on jury duty in the courts of Pennsylvania.

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas

Informaition on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.

Allegheny County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Allegheny County.

Beaver County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Beaver County.

Berks County Magisterial District Judge System

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Berks County.

Bucks County District Courts

Information on District Justices in Bucks County.

Butler County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Butler County.

Cambria County Magisterial District Judges

Information on District Justices in Cambria County.

Carbon County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Carbon County.

Centre County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Centre County.

Chester County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Chester County.

Clarion County Magisterial District Judges

Information on the Magisterial District Judges serving Clarion County

Court of Common Pleas - 17th Judicial District

Information about the Court of Common Pleas in Union County.

Crawford County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Crawford County.

Cumberland County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Cumberland County.

Dauphin County Magisterial District Justices

Information on Magisterial District Justices in Dauphin County.

Delaware County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Delaware County.

Erie County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Erie County.

Fayette County Magisterial District Judges

Information onMagisterial District Judges in Fayette County.

Forest County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Forest County.

Franklin County District Justice Office

Information on District Justices in Franklin County

Fulton County Magisterial District Judges

Infromation on Magisterial District Judges in Fulton County.

Greene County Department of Law and Order

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Greene County and other offices in the Department of Law and Order.

Greene County: Magisterial District Courts

Information on Magisterial District Courts in Greene County.

Huntingdon County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Huntingdon County.

Juniata County - Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Juniata County

Lackawanna County Magisterial District Judges

Information on Magisterial District Judges in Lackawanna County.

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Court section of Pennsylvania Courts website. This is one of Pennsylvania's intermediate appeals courts.

About Federal Courts

The U.S. Courts were created under Article III of the Constitution to administer justice fairly and impartially, within the jurisdiction established by the Constitution and Congress. This section will help you learn more about the Judicial Branch and its work.

Court Role and Structure

Federal courts hear cases involving the constitutionality of a law, cases involving the laws and treaties of the U.S. ambassadors and public ministers, disputes between two or more states, admiralty law, also known as maritime law, and bankruptcy cases. Learn more about how these cases are handled by the various Federal courts.

Federal Courts in American Government

Explanation of the role of the federal courts in the govenment of the United States.

Fees - U.S. Courts

Information on fees charged by the U.S. Courts. Each type of U.S. court, and other services, publishes a list of fees that are charged for services provided by the specific court.

How the Federal Courts Work - Civil Cases

Explanation of the opeeration of the federal courts in civil cases. Also links to information on Criminal and Bankruptcy cases and Appeals.

Adams County Law Library

The Adams County Law Library is intended as a legal research facility for the use of the Adams County Court of Common Pleas, County officials, County attorneys and the general public. The focus of the collection is Pennsylvania law.

Alex Bonavitacola Law Library of the First Judicial District of PA

The Law Library is located in Room 600 in Philadelphia's City Hall. The Library is open to the public for reference.

Allegheny County Law Library

The Allegheny County Law Library is a free, public law library open to the public.

Beaver County Law Library

Beaver County Law Library is primarily Pennsylvania specific with the basics for non-Pennsylvania legal research. We offer pro se custody froms, both at the library and on our Website. These links are authorative and Pennsylvania specific.

Berks County Law Library

The Law Library serves the judges of the Court, the members of the bar, County departmental staff, and the public.

Blair County Law Library

Library serving Blair County.

Bucks County Law Library

The Law Library is the County's primary source of reference material on federal, state and local law serving the Courts, Bar, County offices and the general public.

Butler County Law Library

The Butler County Law Library is designed to assist the Court, Butler County Bar Association attorneys and County employees in obtaining access to legal information. The public may use the facilities; however, they may not borrow materials.

Carbon County Law Library

The Carbon County Law Library serves the legal research needs of the court, government agencies, members of the bar and the general public

Chester County Law Library

The library has state & federal statutes, codes, rules and cases as well as all local ordinances.

Cumberland County Law Library

Library serving Cumberland County.

Dauphin County Law Library

The library provides free, equal access and quality service to judges, attorneys, students, government employees, paralegals, and the residents of Dauphin County.

Davis Law Library (Greene County)

Library Serving Greene County

Fayette County Court of Common Pleas - Court Administration

Information on the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Fayette County Law Library

The Fayette County Law Library contanins federal laws and Pennsylvania statutes, case law reporters, digests, treatises on law, form books, practice guides as well as online databases and CD-Roms.

Forest County Law Library

Library serving Forest County

Francis J. Catania Law Library (Delaware County)

The Law Library provides legal information to the public, legal community and the departments of the County and Courts.

Franklin County Law Library

Library serving Franklin and Fulton counties. The Law Library is open daily Monday through Friday to the General Public. A librarian is on staff to assist as needed.

Jefferson County Law Library

The Jefferson County Law Library is the only public legal research library in Jefferson County. The public is invited to use the Library during regular courthouse hours.

Jenkins Law Library

The Jenkins Law Library has been providing information to the Pennsylvania legal community for over 200 years, with a mission to continue to make legal information easy to find and affordable. The law library in Philadelphia has an extensive print and electronic collection which includes self-help law and legal form books.

Lackawanna County Law Library

Library serving Lackawanna County

Clarion County Courts

Information on the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

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