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Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on June 16, 2017.

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

NOTICE: Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing Civil or Orphans’ Court motions on Friday, May 26, 2017. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Marsili will not be hearing Motions on June 9th and June 16th, 2017.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing Civil or Orphans’ Court motions on Friday, May 12, 2017.

New Orphans' Court Local Rules effective May 29, 2017

From Sherry Magretti Hamilton, Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court

Please Note: Westmoreland County Local Orphans’ Court Rules were published in the PA Bulletin Volume 47, Number 17 on April 29, 2017.  They will become effective on May 29, 2017

Distracted driving citations continue to rise in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG— Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide between 2014 and 2016 – with more men being cited (70 percent) than women (28 percent). In Pennsylvania all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving, which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or email, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion.

Data is based on the following state law: Title 75, sections 1621, 1622, 3316 (texting), and 3314 (headphones). The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about distracted drivers in Pennsylvania.

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania

May Civil Trial List - Civil Call Date Change for President Judge McCormick, Jr.

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will be holding his Civil Call of the list for the May jury trial term on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick will not be hearing Civil or Orphans' Court Motions on April 28, 2017. Counsel should present motions on an alternative Friday Motions Court date.

Women in the Pennsylvania judiciary

HARRISBURG — March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well as those women currently serving.

It has been 87 years since the first woman, Sara M. Soffel (Allegheny), served as a judge in Pennsylvania. Today, 29 percent of Pennsylvania’s active judges are women who serve the courts at the appellate, trial and minor court levels. For the first time ever, three women sit on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Pennsylvania is also home to Juanita Kidd Stout (Philadelphia), the first African-American woman elected to a court of record in the United States, the first to sit on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the first appointed to any state Supreme Court.

Soliciting Comments on Proposed local rule on e-filing, Rule W205.4

Westmoreland County is soliciting comments, suggestions and input on implementation of our proposed local rule on e-filing, Rule W205.4.  Please direct any such correspondence to:

Amy DeMatt, Esq.
District Court Administrator for 10th Judicial District (Westmoreland County)
2 North Main Street, Mezzanine 3
Greensburg, PA  15601
adematt@co.westmoreland.pa.us
(724) 830-3828

Comments must be submitted on or before April 3, 2017.  

Read full details of proposed rule

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