Summary appeals arise from summary criminal convictions and civil statutory matters. These cases involve violations of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code and matters relating to disorderly conduct, defiant trespass, obstructing traffic, harassment, retail theft, public drunkenness, and underage drinking. Appeals involving the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, dog licensing provisions, and truancy are also heard by the Summary Appeals branch.
Civil statutory cases include appeals from decisions by local and state administrative agencies and PennDOT driver license suspensions. Other appeals include, but are not limited to, legal issues arising from decisions by government agencies such as civil service, land use, zoning, the liquor control board, school boards, and the health department.