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The Upper Courts

Common Pleas courts are Pennsylvania’s courts for general trials. They have control over all cases not assigned to another court and can hear appeals over decisions from the MDJCs. They also hear appeals from certain state and local government agencies.

The courts are organized into 60 districts, which generally follow the boundaries of the Commonwealth’s counties; however, seven of the districts are comprised of two counties. They are Perry-Juniata, Snyder-Union, Franklin-Fulton, Wyoming-Sullivan, Columbia-Montour, Warren-Forest and Elk-Cameron. Each district has from one to 93 judges