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Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Marsili and Judge Caruso will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, December 23, 2011. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Database of Pa. Court Records Now Available via Mobile App

From Betty Ward, Law Librarian

Monday, October 31, 2011

A new mobile app allows smartphone users to search for crimes people have committed in Pennsylvania, from illegal parking to murder.

Docket In Your Pocket, which is available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices and sells for $2.99 on all platforms, allows users to search by name through a database of 32.5 million court records dating to 2000.

The records, drawn from the state judiciary's database of court dockets, include information about minor offenses, such as traffic tickets and noise violations, in addition to robberies, drug charges, assaults, rapes and murders. The app's inventor, Matt Haindfield, 40, said the app may be useful to singles for vetting dates and to parents for checking up on baby sitters.

The app also includes data about civil disputes of $12,000 or less, allowing users to search to see if, for example, a company was sued for violating a contract, Mr. Haindfield said. He is working county by county to make civil disputes of more than $12,000 available.

Mr. Haindfield, a civil litigation attorney in Iowa, said he thought of the app when he suspected a witness in a case to be lying about his criminal background. During a break in the witness's deposition, Mr. Haindfield attempted to search for the witness's criminal records on his iPhone.

"When operating in the mobile environment, it was very difficult, almost impossible, to get the information I needed," he said. Unable to find an existing app, he originally devised Docket in Your Pocket to be a tool for lawyers before realizing its potential general applications.

He started with Pennsylvania because the state's criminal data was already easily available and because the state has a large population of smartphone users, Mr. Haindfield said. He plans to launch similar apps in each state over the next few months, starting with other states with large populations of smartphone users and accessible court data, such as California, he said.

After that, he plans to release a "master app" that will search criminal records in all states, and possibly create similar software for other platforms in the future, such as a browser-based application, he said.

"We do have some ambitious development goals," he said.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Caruso will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, November 11, 2011, or Friday, November 25, 2011, since the Courthouse will be closed for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays, respectively. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on prior or subsequent Fridays.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Caruso will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, October 21, 2011, or Friday, October 28, 2011. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on prior or subsequent Fridays.

2012 Civil Court Calendars

The 2012 Civil Court Calendars are available in the Court Administrator's Office, Civil Division, Room M7.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Caruso will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Friday: September 16, 2011. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Local Rules Change

Westmoreland County Civil Rule Change

Per an Order of Court dated August 24, 2011, Westmoreland County Rule of Civil Procedure W1272 is rescinded and new Rule W1272 is adopted, effective 30 days after publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Click here to view the order and full text of the rule change.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge McCormick, Jr., will not be hearing civil and orphans’ court motions on October 21, 2011. Judge McCormick, Jr., will hear motions on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 9:00 o’clock a.m. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Caruso will be hearing civil and orphans’ court motions on Friday, August 12, 2011, but will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, August 19, 2011.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

There will be no civil or orphans’ court motions heard on Friday, July 29, 2011, due to the State Trial Judges’ Conference being held during that time.

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday with Judge Caruso, Judge Marsili or Judge McCormick, Jr.

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