The Court of Common Pleas, located in downtown Pittsburgh, is a trial court of general jurisdiction. 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 items below represent the most commonly requested information available on this site.
Navigate the Courts
This site allows the public to securely pay fines, costs, and restitution to Pennsylvania’s Common Pleas and Magisterial District courts.
The Court provides interpreters for foreign language, deaf/hard-of-hearing persons and provides reasonable disability accommodations.
Masks are recommended; however, persons in court facilities of the Fifth Judicial District are not required to wear masks.
Magisterial District Court Filing Location
A filing against an individual may be brought in and only in a magisterial district where: (1) the individual may be served, or (2) the cause of action arose, or (3) a transaction or occurrence took place out of which the cause of action arose.
The Custody Department schedules custody complaints and petitions for all stages of the court process that occur prior to judicial involvement. The Custody Department also handles Generations classes, exceptions.
Protection from Abuse
The processing and presentation of Protection from Abuse (PFA) petitions, scheduling of hearings and other aspects of administering the Protection from Abuse Act are handled through the PFA Department
Family Division Support
If you would like to file for Child and/or Spousal Support, you may do so either online or through the USPS Mail.
Authorized Access ID Cards
Access identification cardholders are permitted access to the Allegheny County Family Law Center via the “Authorized Persons” entrances located.
Individuals interested in employment may submit an application today using the Fifth Judicial online application.
DUI Ignition Interlock
As a result of your DUI offense, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed onto a vehicle for a period of time.
The Office of Jury Management is responsible for qualifying and summoning citizens of Allegheny County for juror service.
Fiduciary and Surety
The trust companies, national banks and surety companies approved by Orphans’ Court to perform fiduciary duties are in the manual.