PA Court System

Levels of Court System

Courts make decisions about all aspects of our lives -- family issues such as divorce, child custody, inheritance rights; landlord-tenant issues; issues about employer and employee rights; motor vehicle laws; and criminal laws. The reach of the courts' powers should convince all Pennsylvanians to become educated about the court system.

Administration of the Pennsylvania Courts

The Supreme Court is responsible for the administration of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System. It fulfills this obligation through oversight of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), and development and enforcement of court policies, rules and procedures.

Court Funding

Funding for the local courts has historically been a joint responsibility of the state and the individual counties. The state pays the salaries of all judicial officers, and the personnel and operating costs of the appellate court systems, including Supreme Court Committees and the AOPC.

Judicial Compensation

The question of judicial compensation in Pennsylvania has a complicated history.  PMC offers a historical perspective on the ongoing issues surrounding the compensation of Pennsylvania judges and a chart outlining the current salaries of judges at all levels of the Pennsylvania court system.

Court Modernization

The Pennsylvania courts, under the direction of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and through the administration of the AOPC, have undertaken several modernization projects in recent years. These projects generally have involved taking advantage of technological innovations to enhance court services.