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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Erie County Court of Common Pleas as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts in Pennsylvania.
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Erie County Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Records
View records of Erie County Court of Common Pleas trials by month from 2007 to present. Records include party names, case numbers, attorney names, trial date, case type, and result.
Selected Court of Common Pleas Records
Search Court of Common Pleas records including Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Orphans Court, and Register of Wills by name, case number, and book and page. A paid subscription is required. Sign up under "Account Maintenance" in the left column.
Court of Common Pleas Case Records
Search Court of Common Pleas civil and criminal case records online. 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.
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.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Erie County Court of Common Pleas Calendars and Schedules
View the Erie County Court of Common Pleas daily court schedule, current motion court schedule, trial terms, civil trial schedule, and annual trial and motion court schedule.
Court of Common Pleas Calendars
Search Court of Common Pleas calendars online. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View selected Pennsylvania Attorney General official opinions since 1994 by author and requesting agency. Full annual and multi-year volumes of opinions from earlier years may be downloaded.
Forms and related information
Erie County Civil Forms
View and download Erie County civil court forms from the Prothonotary's office.
Erie County Court Forms
View and download Erie County court forms including divorce, Magisterial District Court, District Attorney Accelerated Rehabilitative Dispostion (ARD) and Drug/Mental Health Courts, custody, and miscellaneous procedural forms.
Erie County District Attorney Forms
The Erie County District Attorney's office provides Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) application, treatment court application, expungement, identity theft, and private criminal complaint forms.
Erie County Expungement Forms and Information
View and download forms and instructions for expungement of criminal records in Erie County Court of Common Pleas. Scroll to the bottom of the page for links. Instructions for requesting a pardon are also provided.
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, delinquency, family law, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
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.
Consumer Complaint Forms and Information
The Pennsylvania Attorney General offers online and printable consumer complaint forms and downloadable brochures for general consumer issues, seniors, health care, medicare fraud, insurance fraud, and veterans' issues.
Online Self-Help Forms
PALawHelp offers do-it-yourself forms and instructions organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process. Instructions and additional self-help resources are provided.
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. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Erie County Child Custody Information
View information about child custody cases in Erie County Court of Common Pleas, including a downloadable custody booklet, forms, and information about custody conciliation.
Erie County Court of Common Pleas Local Rules
View the local rules of Erie County Court of Common Pleas, including civil, criminal, juvenile, and Orphans' Court
Erie County Court of Common Pleas Procedures
View procedures for Erie County Court of Common Pleas name changes, guardianship, and scheduling an arbitration.
Erie County Legal Information
The Erie County Bar Association offers information on various legal topics. Select the "E-LAW" menu item for a drop-down menu of links to the topics.
Erie County Mediation
The Erie County Bar Association offers information about its mediation program, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Links to forms and a roster of mediators are provided.
Erie County Probation, Programs, and Victim Information
View information about Erie County adult and juvenile probation. Adult probation includes information about Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) expungement, Drug Court, and Mental Health Court. Juvenile probation includes information about the Crime Victim Center and links to forms.
Erie County Protection Orders
View information about Protection From Abuse, Protection from Intimidation, and Protection from Sexual Violence orders in Erie County.
Erie County Treatment Courts
View information about Erie County Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Treatment Court, and Veterans Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse and/or mental health problems. Application forms are included.
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
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.
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.
Glossary of Legal Terms
View a glossary of legal terms used in the Pennsylvania courts.
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. Answers to frequently asked questions and a downloadable brochure are provided.
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.
Legal Information for Seniors
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a guide to legal issues for seniors.
Legal Information Publications
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers informational pamphlets on a various legal topics.
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.
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.
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.
Restoration of Driving Privileges and Vehicle Registration
View instructions and forms for restoration of driver's licenses and vehicle registration, from the Pennsylvania Department of Transporation.
View information for parties representing themselves in Pennsylvania courts, including an introductory video and forms and instructions for custody, divorce, and protection from abuse cases.
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
Erie County Attorney Fee Disputes
The Erie County Bar Association offers an attorney fee dispute process, with links to the complaint form and program rules and procedures.
Erie County Lawyer Referral
The Erie County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request. A fee for the referral includes an initial consultation with a lawyer.
Erie County Lawyers
Search a directory of Erie County Bar Association members by name, location, and firm; or view the full directory in alphabetical order.
Erie County Public Defender
View information about the Erie County Public Defender's Office, which provides free legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, and for persons subject to mental health commitment proceedings.
Erie County Victim Help
The Crime Victim Center of Erie County provides crime victims with a 24-hour hotline, counseling, crisis intervention, court accompaniment, and assistance with victim compensation applications.
Free Civil Legal Help for Northwest Pennsylvania
Northwestern Legal Services provides free civil legal help for income-eligible residents of some northwestern Pennsylvania counties. An online application, telephone advice program, clinics, and self-help information are included.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers an online directory search and links to criminal justice information.
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.
Free Legal Help Locations
View a list of Pennsylvania legal services providers, including contact information and links to their websites. Search for resources by keyword and topic, Search for local agencies with an interactive map.
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..
Senior Citizens Legal Assistance
View information about legal assistance available to elder Pennsylvania residents.