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The Court's History


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the oldest appellate court in the country, tracing its history back to William Penn's Provincial Court of 1684. Learn more about the history of the Court, explore the historic, grand courtrooms, or learn more about the artifacts on display in the Court's History Center.

The People

From five judges traveling circuit in Penn's Province to seven justices administering the Unified Judicial System that regulates every aspect of the practice of law in the Commonwealth. Learn more about the justices, litigants, and staff that helped shape the judiciary.


The Decisions

As the court of last resort in the Commonwealth, the Supreme Court's decisions are the final interpretation of Pennsylvania's statutes and constitution. Learn more about the decisions from the past and how they shaped the present.

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