The arbitration system in Allegheny County is compulsory non-binding arbitration with a ceiling of $50,000 on civil damage awards.
Board of Viewers
The Board of Viewers of Allegheny County conciliates and hears the appeals of residential and commercial real estate property tax assessment dispositions from the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review. Decisions from the Board of Viewers may be appealed to a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. The Board of Viewers is also tasked with being the first quasi-judicial body to adjudicate Eminent Domain cases filed in Allegheny County. Appeals from the award of the panel of Viewers may be filed with the Court of Common Pleas where a judge will conduct a de novo (new) jury trial
Calendar Control is responsible for scheduling general trial matters including jury and non-jury cases and pretrial and general argument lists. Statistics and dispositions relating to the Civil Division are also recorded by this office.
Commerce and Complex Litigation Center
The types of cases that may be assigned to the Center fall into two major categories: Commerce or Complex Litigation. The Commerce category is subject-matter based. The Complex Litigation category is based on the complexities of the case.
General Motions is responsible for conducting motions and preliminary objections in most general docket cases.
The Housing Court Help Desk is tasked with assisting litigants involved in landlord/tenant appeals from magisterial district judge decisions in cases involving residential property.
Mortgage Foreclosure Program
The residential Mortgage Foreclosure Program is a collaborative effort between public and private sector entities to address property foreclosures in Allegheny County. Providing a unified process for the amicable resolution of foreclosure proceedings through court intervention, counseling, and conciliation is the primary focus of the program.