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History

Courts of Common Pleas are Pennsylvania’s courts of general trial jurisdiction. They have existed in Pennsylvania at least since the Constitution of 1776, under which they received constitutional status.

Prior to the Constitution of 1968, in addition to Courts of Common Pleas, there existed Courts of Oyer and Terminer and General Jail Delivery. Quarter Sessions of the Peace and Orphans’ Courts. The new Constitution abolished these latter separate courts and incorporated them into existing Common Pleas Courts

Composition

The Common Pleas Courts are organized into 60 judicial districts which generally follow the geographic boundaries of the Commonwealth’s counties; however, seven of the districts are comprised of two counties. Each district has from one to 95 judges. Judges are elected to 10-year terms.

Jurisdiction

Common Pleas Courts have original jurisdiction over all cases not exclusively assigned to another court and appellate jurisdiction over judgments from the special courts. They also hear appeals from certain state and most local government agencies.

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Staff:
William J. Valko, Court Administrator

Location:
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Phone-Criminal:
(814) 472-1560

Phone-Civil:
(814) 472-1561

Phone-Costs & Fines:
(814) 472-1551

Phone-Law Library:
(814) 472-1501

Fax: (814) 472-8393

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

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Cambria County Pennsylvania

200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

(814) 472-5440

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