Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Administration | Fast Facts

Consistent with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated April 1, 2020, this Court having originally declared a judicial emergency in the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania through April 14, 2020, President Judge Clark now declares that the judicial emergency be extended through May 8, 2020. The Fifth Judicial District Emergency Operations Plan dated March 26, 2020, as amended, shall remain in effect through the duration of the judicial emergency. Additionally, in recognition of the likelihood that this judicial emergency may, of necessity, be extended through May 31, 2020, it is further ORDERED that any case postponed due to this emergency be scheduled after May 31, 2020, and that the suspension of the operation of Rule 600 be applied to those postponements, subject to constitutional limitations. Cases that can be resolved entirely through the use of Advanced Communication Technology may be postponed to a date prior to May 31, 2020.

Jurisdiction: The jurisdictional boundary of the Court of Common Pleas includes all issues arising within the County of Allegheny and consistent with the following:

  • Court of Common Pleas:  Located in downtown Pittsburgh, is a trial court of general jurisdiction and has original jurisdiction over all cases not exclusively assigned to another court. The four divisions of the court, Criminal, Civil, Family, and Orphans’, adjudicate a wide array of matters including criminal prosecutions, civil disputes involving money or property, child support, custody, dependency, adoptions, guardianships, appeals from judgments of the minor judiciary, and appeals from final orders of certain state and local government agencies. The court has a complement of 41 commissioned judges who comprise the board of judges, and 7 senior judges assigned among the court divisions. Each division of the court is presided over by an administrative judge appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The president judge, the executive head of the Court of Common Pleas, is elected to a five-year term of office by vote of the board of judges. The district court administrator, appointed by the president judge, serves as the chief administrative officer for the court.
  • Minor Judiciary:  A limited jurisdiction, first level of courts in Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System. In Allegheny County, the minor judiciary is comprised of 46 magisterial districts and the Pittsburgh Municipal Court. The magisterial district judges are governed by the Pennsylvania Rules of Court promulgated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The president judge of the Court of Common Pleas exercises general supervisory and administrative authority over the magisterial district court system within Allegheny County. Each magisterial district court is presided over by an elected district judge. District judges have jurisdiction in the following matters: summary traffic and non-traffic cases, landlord/tenant matters, civil claims not exceeding $8,000, conduct preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings on misdemeanor and felony cases, issue arrest and search warrants, issue emergency protection from abuse orders, authority to perform marriages.
Principal Business Locations:
Administrative Offices
300 Frick Building
437 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA l5219
Civil Division
City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Criminal Division
Allegheny County Courthouse
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Orphans’ Division
1700 Frick Building
437 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family Division - Adult Section
Family Law Center
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family Division - Juvenile Section
Family Law Center
550 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
In addition, the Court maintains principal business sites for the forty-six (46) Magisterial District Judges and multiple adult and juvenile probation community centers.