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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts in Pennsylvania.
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Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division Case Records
Search Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division case records by party name and filing date range, or select the Docket Report option to search by case ID number.
Criminal Charge Information in Custody Cases
A call-in system allows parties in child custody cases to learn if anyone involved in the case has been charged with certain crimes. Registration is required, but is free of charge.
Court of Common Pleas Case Records
Search Court of Common Pleas civil and criminal case records by docket number, name, and other criteria. Additional search options include date of birth, county, docket type, case category, case status, and filing date range. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries. Some future docket events will be included. Some Philadelphia Municipal Court cases will be included when searching Philadelphia County.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division Hearing List
Search the Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division hearing list by type of hearing, date, and judge.
Philadelphia Criminal Court Calendar
Search Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court criminal calendars by defendant name, attorney name, date, or courtroom.
Court of Common Pleas Calendars
Search Court of Common Pleas calendars by date, name, attorney information, docket number, and other criteria. Additional search options include judicial district, court office, calendar event type, and room. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries.
Published opinions and orders
Philadelphia Court Opinions
Search judicial opinions of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court by court type, date, topic, judge name, or party name.
Attorney General Opinions
View selected Pennsylvania Attorney General official opinions since 1994 by date.
Forms and related information
Philadelphia Register of Wills Forms and Information
View and download Philadelphia Register of Wills forms including inheritance tax, intestate (without a will) descent, probate, and estate.
Philadelphia Court Forms and Instructions
View and download Philadelphia court forms including civil, criminal, expungement, domestic relations, juvenile, Orphans' Court and probate forms for the Court of Common Pleas, as well as forms for Municipal Court.
Child Support Forms
View and download various forms for use in Pennsylvania child support actions.
Forms and Instructions
View and download various civil, criminal, expungement, landlord-tenant, record request, protection from abuse, Orphans' Court, dependency, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
Consumer Complaint Forms
The Pennsylvania Attorney General offers online and printable complaint forms including consumer, do not call, spam and junk mail, health care, insurance fraud, elder abuse, civil rights, and charity.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
View and download attorney complaint forms and instructions in English and Spanish from the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Online fine payments
Pay Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Court, and Philadelphia Municipal Court Fines, Costs, and Restitution
Pay Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Court, and Philadelphia Municipal Court fines, costs, and restitution online by citation number, payment plan number, docket number, or name. Additional search options include court type, offense date, year filed, date of birth, case type, case number, county, and court office. A convenience fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division Local Rules
View the local rules of Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division.
Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division Guardian's Manual
View a manual for court-appointed guardians of incapacitated persons and their estates in Philadelphia County Orphans' Court Division.
Philadelphia Register of Wills Information
View information about wills, estates, inheritance tax, filing, and record requests from the Philadelphia Register of Wills. Answers to frequently asked questions, a glossary of terms, and forms are also provided.
Philadelphia County Criminal Procedure
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office provides answers to frequently asked questions about general criminal procedure, Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD), hate crimes, private criminal complaints, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault.
Philadelphia Court Brochures and Guides
View and download brochures on Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court topics, including procedure, housing, domestic relations, juvenile, landlord-tenant, and small claims.
Philadelphia County Law Library
Search the Alex Bonavitacola Law Library online catalog, or view information about its location, hours, and available materials.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Electronic Filing
The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas allows the general public to use electronic filing in certain cases. Persons who are representing themselves without an attorney ("pro se") may register to use e-filing in Civil trial division cases, Orphans' Court cases, and some Domestic Relations cases. Users must fill out the registration form before e-filing access is granted.
Philadelphia County Court Information
Click links in the "How Do I get case information" tab or the "How Do I file a document" tab in the center of the page to download Citizens' Guides to various types of cases in Philadelphia County courts, including adoptions, child custody, child support, civil procedure, criminal procedure in Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court, divorce, landlord-tenant, name changes, parking tickets, Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, small claims, and traffic citations. Forms to request an interpreter or transcript are also available.
Problem Solving Court Information
View information about Drug, Juvenile Drug, DUI, Mental Health, and Veterans Courts. These are specialized divisions of Courts of Common Pleas that can set up treatment and supervision in lieu of incarceration for some non-violent offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems. Scroll down the page for links to each type of Problem Solving Court; information includes maps of court locations for each type of court, a list of program coordinators by county, and a list of all courts by type.
Children and Families in the Courts
Information for children and families involved in court proceedings, including interactive guides for children and information on parental rights.
Child Support Information
View information for parties paying and receiving child support, including application instructions, payment estimates, paternity establishment, a glossary of terms, answers to frequently asked questions, a handbook, and forms. Searches for payment and docket information require registration.
Pennsylvania Unofficial Statutes
Search the unofficial version of Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or statute number, or browse by table of contents. Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes (P.S.) are an unofficial compilation of laws that have not been consolidated by the legislature into the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
Official Pennsylvania Statutes, Laws, and Constitution
Search the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or citation, or browse by table of contents. Search the Unconsolidated Statutes by keyword or act number, or browse by act name. Browse the Constitution by table of contents.
View information about mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Click "Find a Mediator" to search for Pennsylvania mediators by specialty and county.
Legal Information and Publications
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers consumer information pamphlets on a variety of legal topics, public information campaign links, answers to frequently asked questions about working with a lawyer, and a legal guide for senior citizens.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including consumer, children and families, employment, health, housing, benefits, disability, education, elder law, immigrant and migrant issues, and veterans and military.
Guide to Pennsylvania Court System
View a guide to the court system in Pennsylvania, including how the courts are organized and what types of cases they hear.
Glossary of Legal Terms
View a glossary of legal terms used in the Pennsylvania courts.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Pennsylvania, including local housing counseling agencies, emergency mortgage assistance, and a link to legal aid providers.
Domestic Violence Resources
View information about domestic violence, find links to state and national resources, learn about domestic violence by topic or from a downloadable publication, and find local shelters and other domestic violence services by county.
Search Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure (General and Orphans' Court), Rules of Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Rules, and Minor Court Civil Rules (Magisterial District Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Court) by keyword, or browse by table of contents. Court Rules are part the Pennsylvania Code, a compilation of administrative rules. Court Rules are found in titles 225 through 246, the last titles in the compilation.
Restoration of Driving Privileges
Information for persons who have had their Pennsylvania driver license suspended and want to have their driving privileges restored.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers information about traffic and motor vehicle laws, licensing, restoration of licenses, and other motor vehicle issues.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Philadelphia County Inactive Attorneys
View the list of Philadelphia County attorneys who are on inactive status by name, or view the list in reverse chronological order by date of the order that made them inactive.
Philadelphia Public Defender
View information about the Defender Association of Philadelphia, which provides free legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration.
Philadelphia Legal Services Organizations
View a directory of legal services organizations in the Philadelphia area, including organizations that assist with issues regarding immigration, disability, and elder legal matters.
Philadelphia Lawyer Fee Disputes
The Philadelphia Bar Association offers a Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, with links to program rules and forms.
Philadelphia County Victim Help
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Services Unit provides case status notification, court accompaniment, referrals, and assistance with victim impact statements and applications for victims' compensation and restitution. Links in the right column provide detailed information about victims' rights, domestic violence, elder abuse, identity theft, juvenile issues, child testimony, and lineups.
Philadelphia County Suspended and Disbarred Attorneys
Search the list of suspended and disbarred Philadelphia attorneys by name, or view the list in reverse chronological order by date of suspension or disbarment order.
Philadelphia County Lawyer Referral
The Philadelphia Bar Association provides an online lawyer referral service by telephone or an online request form. An initial consultation for a nominal fee is available.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Legal Help
The Women's Resource Center offers low-cost legal consultations with family law attorneys for issues including divorce, custody, and child support in Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
Lawyer Referral Services
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service and lists local lawyer referral services by county.
Free Legal Help Locations
View a list of Pennsylvania legal services providers, or search for local agencies with an interactive map.
Find Free Legal Assistance
Search for providers of free legal services by location and legal issue, or view a directory of providers in alphabetical order.
Find Criminal Defense Attorneys
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers an online directory search and links to criminal justice information.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Public Protection Division offers information about its services, including legal action based on complaints, a mediated restitution program, a specialized Health Care Section, and links to complaint forms and brochures.
Complaints Against Judges
View information on filing a complaint against a Pennsylvania judge with the Judicial Conduct Board. A link to the complaint form is included.
Complaints Against Attorneys
View instructions for filing a complaint against an attorney with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. A link to the complaint form is included.
Senior Citizens Legal Assistance
View information about legal assistance available to elder Pennsylvania residents.
Attorney Information and Status
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Pennsylvania by name, attorney ID, city, and county. Results include attorney status and whether and attorney has been subject to discipline.