How to Find a Court Date in Pennsylvania

by Jordan Whitehouse

There are a number of ways you can find a court date for a case being held in a Pennsylvania court. You can look at the lawsuit papers that were given to the defendant, you can ask one of the lawyers that is handling the case, you can call the county court office that is dealing with the case or, perhaps the easiest option, you can find it on Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System Web Portal.

Using the Public Calendar Schedule

Open your Internet browser and go to ujsportal.pacourts.us. You should be taken to a website that has "The Pennsylvania Judiciary's Web Application Portal" at the top of the page.

Find where it says "Public Calendar Schedule" on the web page. This should be the first heading near the top of the web page. Click "Criminal Courts of Common Pleas" or "Magisterial District Courts" depending on what type of court will be hearing your case.

Enter a set of dates that you believe the case date falls between. The range can be short or long. You can enter the dates by typing them in the MM/DD/YYYY format or by clicking on the calendars and finding the dates. Enter the judicial district or county in which the case is being heard. Click "Search." A list of all the cases being held within the dates you specified and within a particular county court will be displayed. Scroll through until you find the case you are looking for.

Using the County Court Calendar

Open your Internet browser and go to ujsportal.pacourts.us. You should be taken to a website that has "The Pennsylvania Judiciary's Web Application Portal" at the top of the page.

Click on "County Court Calendar," which will be highlighted in red and underlined under the County Court Calendar heading.

Select the county the case is being heard in from the drop down menu; select a daily, weekly, monthly or all listing; and select the date that you believe the case will be held. Click "Search." If you don't find the case you are looking for listed, refine the search by using a different date. As of November 2010 only those listings for Carbon and Perry Counties are available to search. If the county you're looking for isn't available, use the public calendar schedule directory.

About the Author

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jordan Whitehouse has been writing on food and drink, small business, and community development since 2004. His work has appeared in a wide range of online and print publications across Canada, including Atlantic Business Magazine, The Grid and Halifax Magazine. Whitehouse studied English literature and psychology at Queen's University, and book and magazine publishing at Centennial College.

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