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Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas - Family Division - Children's Court
440 Ross St, #5000
This is the 5th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas Family Division Children's Court principal business location. This court handles child custody, protection, and permanency cases; it also handles all Protection From Abuse (PFA) petitions and orders.
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Resources for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas - Family Division - Children's Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts in Pennsylvania.
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Court of Common Pleas Case Records
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Criminal Charge Information in Custody Cases
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Court of Common Pleas Calendars
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Attorney General Opinions
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Allegheny County Orphans' Court Forms
View and download Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Orphans' Court forms, including claims, inventory, petitions of distribution, praecipe, receipt and release, and satisfaction of claim.
Child Support Forms
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Forms and Instructions
View and download various civil, criminal, expungement, landlord-tenant, record request, protection from abuse, Orphans' Court, dependency, delinquency, family law, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
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Allegheny County Protection From Abuse
View information about Protection from Abuse (PFA) petitions and orders in Allegheny County, including who can obtain an order, types of abuse, effects of an order, and how to apply. PFA petitions are handled through the Family Division Children's Court.
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Arbitration
View information about the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas compulsory arbitration program in the Civil and Family Divisions, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to the manual and forms are provided.
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Pretrial Services
View information about pretrial diversion programs in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, including the Alcohol Highway Safety Program and the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) Probation Program. Links to individual programs are on the right side of the page.
Allegheny County District Attorney Information, Programs, and Services
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office offers information about criminal procedure; domestic violence including internet safety, protection from abuse, and shelter locations; and programs and services including Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for DUI offenders, restitution, victims' rights, Phoenix Docket plea deals, victims' compensation, and witness protection.
Allegheny County Domestic Violence Victim Services
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Allegheny County Drug and DUI Courts
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Allegheny County DUI Program
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Allegheny County Expungements
View information about expungments of criminal records in Allegheny County, including types of records that can be expunged and instructions for starting the process.
Allegheny County Legal Information
The Allegheny County Bar Association offers free downloadable brochures including a guide for those turning 18 and a guide to probate and living trusts. It also offers links to legal resources including monthly "Legal Briefs" on a variety of topics, definitions, monthly legal tips, and information about fee disputes. Click the Free Brochures, Legal Resources, Programs, and ACBA Websites menu items at the top of the page.
Allegheny County Legal Information For Young Adults
The Allegheny County Bar Association offers information on subjects of interest to young adults, including rent, purchases, contracts, DUI, social media, underage drinking, credit cards, rights, sexual harassment, controlled substances, texting and driving, and more. A link to lawyer referral services is included.
Allegheny County Mental Health Court
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Legal Resources by Topic
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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.
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.
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.
Domestic Violence Resources
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Foreclosure Prevention Resources
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Guide to Pennsylvania Court System
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Legal Information and Legal Resources
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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.
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Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
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Allegheny County Free Legal Help
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Center provides links to free legal services by area of law, including family, civil rights, consumer, criminal, health, disaster, divorce, education, elder law, employment, entertainment, housing, immigration, military and veterans, arts and business, protection from abuse, benefits, taxes, and wills.
Allegheny County Public Defender
View information about the Allegheny County Public Defender office, which provides criminal defense, mental health, and juvenile representation to income-eligible persons facing possible loss of liberty.
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Lawyer Referral
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Complaints Against Attorneys
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Complaints Against Judges
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The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Public Protection Division offers information about its services, including legal action based on complaints, the Bureau of Consumer Protection and its mediated restitution program, a specialized Health Care Section, and the Office of Consumer Advocate. The Bureau of Consumer Protection provides an online complaint form.
Find Criminal Defense Attorneys
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Find Free Legal Assistance
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Free Legal Help Locations
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Lawyer Referral Services
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee. A list of local lawyer referral services by county is also provided..