The State We’re In: What is the role of the judiciary branch of government in Pennsylvania?

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The state’s courts interpret laws, apply those laws, settle legal disputes and decide whether laws follow the state’s Constitution.

There are five levels of courts in Pennsylvania, with two additional municipal or local courts in the state’s largest cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Learn the roles of each of those courts in this explainer:

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