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In accordance with the courthouse security/park police policy, the Register of Wills office will be opening at 8:30am each day.
HARRISBURG — Cybercrime is crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network. The top convictions in Pennsylvania for cybercrime offenses are computer theft and online pornography. Between 2012 and 2015, there were 1,461 convictions for cybercrime committed by 250 people. The infographic below provides an overview of cybercrime in Pennsylvania.
PA Courts InfoShare is a bi-weekly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.
Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant County Solicitor – Children’s Bureau (60% Full Time Equivalency). Job duties include the following:
On September 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopted amendments to Rule 1.17 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, which governs sale of a law practice. The changes were published at 46 Pa.B. 6291 (October 8, 2016), and take effect October 23, 2016.
The amendments make the following changes:
Court events scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2016, before the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas are cancelled to accommodate attendance at the funeral of the Honorable Debra A. Pezze, who passed away on Wednesday, October 12.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm Sunday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 17, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Irwin Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601, or to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601.
Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Friday:
Friday, October 28, 2016
Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.
HARRISBURG — Today, the first two vacancies became available under an initiative announced by the Supreme Court last month to encourage wider public participation in the judicial system through service on advisory panels, commissions and independent judicial agencies.
The vacancies include one on the Continuing Legal Education Board and one on the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee.
With the introduction of an updated webpage on the Unified Judicial System (UJS) website, it will be easier to find out when vacancies occur and to apply for them.
The webpage also includes a short video of Justice David N. Wecht talking about the initiative.
The Westmoreland County Estates–Decree of Distribution has been revised. The new Decree can be found on the Register of Wills' Website.
HARRISBURG — Although juror scams are not new, Pennsylvania courts remind people to be alert and to never give out sensitive information over the phone, even if they are being threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service, which is a typical ploy in such scams.
A juror scam may go something like this: you get a call from someone claiming to be from the courts or a law enforcement organization and their records show you didn’t show up for jury duty. You can either pay the fine, or get arrested. The caller says payment is accepted over the phone or by wire service.
HARRISBURG — As part of its desire for wider participation in the groups which provide it advice and recommendations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is undertaking a new initiative making it easier for people to express interest in being appointed to court advisory panels.
“Justice David N. Wecht has led the present initiative with the intention of broadening participation in the Supreme Court’s board and committee structure,” said Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor. “He will also be supervising the implementation, with the support of the full court.”
Legal training, experience and expertise are necessary for many assignments, but there are appointments for nonattorneys as well.