Court 101: Common court terms you may not know

HARRISBURG — Have you ever wondered why some courts begin with “oyez oyez?”  Or tried to determine the difference between a prothonotary and clerk of courts? Legal concepts and court terms can be complex. The infographic below highlights a few of these important court terms or visit to see our full legal glossary.


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