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Lawyer Overview for Pennsylvania

Population:
13 million+
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Number of active lawyers:
49,600+
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Pennsylvania  Bar Association:
website

Featured Lawyers in Pennsylvania

Law Offices of Hope Lefeber

43 years in practice
Criminal Defense
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Jsdc Law Offices

32 years in practice
Business Law, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Family Law, Trust & Estate
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Pansini Law Group

36 years in practice
Construction Injury
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Trinity Law

31 years in practice
Personal Injury
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Gailey Legal Group

43 years in practice
Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
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Dale E. Anstine Personal Injury Attorney

11 years in practice
Auto Accidents, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
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About the Pennsylvania Legal System

There are three federal courts in Pennsylvania - a state supreme court and a superior court. A commonwealth court and trial courts with limited and general jurisdiction.

Partisan elections determine the selection of Pennsylvania state court judges. In Pennsylvania, unlike in other states, elected judges are eligible to run for re-election at their term's end. However, Pennsylvania judges (except magisterial district judges) can run in yes/no retention elections to stay on the court.

Three federal district courts are located in Pennsylvania. These courts can hear appeals from state court courts. They also serve as the origination point for federal cases or lawsuits. The United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania are the federal district courts.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which has seven judgeships, is the state's court-of-last resort. This court was created by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly as a successor of the Provincial Court, established in 1684. It is the oldest American appellate court.

Pennsylvania Superior Court is one of two intermediate appellate courts in Pennsylvania. In 1895, the superior court was created. It hears appeals from all civil and criminal cases in the state's 67 Counties. It also reviews and decides on wiretapping requests submitted by the state's attorney general and district attorneys in accordance with Pennsylvania's Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act.

Although Pennsylvania has minor courts that can handle summary offenses, small civil claims and landlord-tenant issues, the Courts of Common Pleas are the primary courts. They are divided into 60 judicial districts. These courts are responsible for deciding the majority of misdemeanors and all felony criminal cases, as well as Orphan's Court cases and larger civil cases. Family law matters such as custody, support, and divorce are addressed at the primary level, under the jurisdiction of the Court of Common Pleas in a county.

About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania was one of the thirteen colonies of Britain that would eventually become the United States. The state was established in 1681 by William Penn, the son of its namesake. The southeast part was once part of the colony of New Sweden. The Province of Pennsylvania was established as a sanctuary for religious and political tolerance. It is notable for its peaceful relations with native tribes and innovative government system. Philadelphia hosted both the first and second Constitutional Conventions that eventually supported, inspired, and led the American Revolution and the eventual successful quest for American independence. The governing structure of Pennsylvania inspired the Declaration of Independence, which Joseph Ellis described as "the most powerful and consequential words in American History", and the U.S. Constitution. Both documents were created and ratified at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, and June 21, 1778. Pennsylvania was the second state that ratified the Constitution, on December 12, 1787.

Pennsylvania Lawyer FAQs

How much does a lawyer cost in Pennsylvania?

While prices between lawyers may vary, the average price per hour for a lawyer is between $120 and $380 per hour. Since prices may vary, be sure to ask potential lawyers for their pricing information before moving forward with them.

How do I find a lawyer in Pennsylvania?

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How many active attorneys are there in Pennsylvania?

There are approximately 49,600 active lawyers in the state of Pennsylvania. This number reflects all lawyers registered with The State Bar of Pennsylvania.

Who licenses attorneys in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania State Bar licenses all attorneys in Pennsylvania. A lawyer that is not licensed by the state bar association cannot practice law in full capacity.

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