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Court of Common Pleas Trial Division - Criminal

The Criminal Section has jurisdiction over all felony cases and appeals from Municipal Court for a trial de novo (new trial) including a right to a trial by jury. Among the types of cases that fall within the assignments of the Trial Division Criminal Section are homicide cases, capital PCRA cases and felony cases. The Probation Department and Pretrial Services are included in the Criminal Section of the Division.

The Trial Division - Criminal is led by the Administrative Judge of the Trial Division, who appoints the Supervising Judge of the Trial Division - Criminal. They are assisted by the Deputy Court Administrator of the Trial Division - Criminal.

Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division
Supervising Judge

Honorable Leon W. Tucker
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice, Room 1201
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Richard T. McSorley, Esquire
Deputy Court Administrator, Criminal Trial Division

First Judicial District Of Pennsylvania
Court of Common Pleas - Trial Division
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice, Room 203
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Information Services
Information Services provides CPCMS data support and public information via direct and/or telephone contact regarding court case information.

The Information Counter telephone numbers are:
Phone: 215-683-7004
Phone: 215-683-7005
Phone: 215-683-7006
FAX 215-683-7016.

There are four departments that fall within the supervision of the Office of the Deputy Court Administrator, Criminal, to wit: Adult Probation and Parole, Common Pleas Criminal Listings, Courtroom Operations, and Pretrial Services.

The Adult Probation and Parole Department (APPD) serves as the community corrections agency within the Philadelphia Criminal Justice System. APPD staff supervises all probation and/or paroled offenders who receive a county or probationary sentence. Staff improves and maintains public safety by providing services to the courts, protecting the community, providing opportunities to offenders to improve their lives, and assisting victims. Staff also supervises offenders who were convicted in other jurisdictions but live in Philadelphia. Overall, APPD supervises approximately 45,000 offenders and 65,000 cases on an ongoing basis. The mission of the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department is to protect the community by intervening in the lives of offenders. We hold them accountable by enforcing the orders of the Court. Through a balance of enforcement and treatment strategies, we afford offenders the opportunity to become productive, law-abiding citizens. APPD provides all possible assistance to the victims of the offenders we supervise. The Vision of APPD is to become a leading organization in the field of community supervision by implementing evidence-based strategies.

Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Criminal Trial Division
1401 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Information: 215-683-1000

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
First Wednesday Each Month, 9 am - 7 pm

DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION

Chief Probation/Parole Officer
Charles Hoyt
Gail Thomas, Secretary
Phone: 215-683-1282
Fax: 215-683-1280

Personnel: Counseling and advice, record maintenance, information dissemination, and other personnel services are offered through the office of the Chief.

Personnel Issues: The Chief's office facilitates uniform application of work rules, enhanced communication within the Department regarding policy and procedure, implementation of meaningful performance standards and evaluations and issues related to merit based evaluations, accountability and labor relations.

Research: Research and development provides departmental support for independent research activities and meets with local university representatives to generate interest in studying available data related to crime and recidivism. Together with the training and policy development division, research implemented a complete restructuring of the department based on risk. A preliminary evaluation of the risk tool revealed that it is performing as expected in stratifying offenders. The department is currently working with experts in the field of needs assessment to better identify and respond to offender criminogenic needs. The research department is also responsible for analysis of the Weapons Related Injury Surveillance System data which tracks all gunshot victims in the city.

Deputy Chief Probation/Parole Officer
Darlene V. Miller
Anna Veasey, Secretary
Phone: 215-683-1279
Fax: 215-683-1280

Deputy Chief Miller reports directly to and receives assignments from the Chief Probation Officer. Deputy Chief Miller assumes primary responsibility for the day to day operations of the probation department, including oversight of supervision and institutional services. Additionally, Deputy Chief Miller is charged with planning and participating in orientation and in-service training programs. Through a process known as PROBSTART (probation supervision through analysis, research, and training) Deputy Chief Miller holds bi-annual accountability sessions with each division which are designed to ensure professional performance and compliance with established policies, procedures and rules. Lastly, Deputy Chief Miller oversees resource development utilization and acts as the frontline supervisor of all professional and clerical staff

APPD DIVISIONS

Steven Austin, Director
Phone: 215-683-1277
Fax: 215-683-1293

This division is responsible for personnel issues and facilities and grant management.

DRUG DETECTION CENTER - APPD operates an on-site drug detection laboratory which is staffed by a contracted vendor. The department has made a concerted effort to drug test only those offenders who would benefit from this service. This has resulted in a reduction in the number of tests and the associated costs.

PERSONNEL - Counseling and discipline

FACILITIES AND GRANT MANAGEMENT - Several staff who have other duties share the following responsibilities:

  • Building Management - 1401 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Vehicle Fleet Management
  • Equipment and Supplies - ordering, storing, inventory, distribution and repair.
  • Supervision of part-time clerical employees
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local grants
  • Maintain messenger service
  • Management of Service Contracts

Joseph Glackin, Director
Phone: 215-683-1266
Fax: 215-683-1276

This division consists of three (3) Administrative units along with the ARD/Fraud unit.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION (AS) - The AS units supervise offenders who are predicted by the APPD Risk Tool to not commit any new offenses. The ratio of offender to officer is higher in these units with reduced reporting frequency.

ARD/FRAUD

  • ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD) - ARD is a diversionary program available to certain first time non-violent offenders at the discretion of the District Attorney's Office. ARD officers supervise offenders in the ARD Program.
  • FRAUD - Fraud offenders are convicted of defrauding the Department of Public Welfare and/or Unemployment Compensation. -Some officers are funded by the Office of Inspector General.

Anthony Aner, Director
Phone: 215-683-1270
Fax: 215-683-1472

This division consists of seven (7) Moderate units

GENERAL SUPERVISION (GS) - Six GS units supervise offenders who are predicted to be charged with a new, not serious offense. Offenders supervised by this division report to APPD monthly.

Vincent Fiorentino, Director
Phone: 215-683-1289
Fax: 215-683-1082

This division consists of Five (5) Anti-Violence units and four (4) YVRP units. These units are regionalized.

ANTI-VIOLENCE - Five AV units supervise offenders who pose the greatest risk to public safety. They are predicted to be charged with a serious offense within two years of their probation start date. These units are regionalized and use intensive supervision techniques such as field visits and targeted patrols, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

YOUTH VIOLENCE REDUCTION PARTNERSHIP (YVRP) - YVRP is a multi-agency effort to reduce violent crimes among high-risk/at-risk juveniles and adults aged 18 to 24. YVRP officers conduct Targeted Patrol with Police Officers, visiting homes between 4:00 p.m. and midnight in 12th, 19th, 22nd, 24th and 25th Police Districts. The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) presented its Distinguished Annual Program Award to APPD in 2007 in recognition of the success of YVRP.

Christopher McFillin, Director
Phone:215-683-1267
FAX: 215-683-1293

This division consists of all court ordered specialties, including Sex Offenders, Intermediate Punishment, Monitored Supervision, Domestic Violence, Out of County/State and Mental Health.

DOMESTIC INTERVENTION - The Domestic Violence unit supervises offenders prosecuted by the Family Violence and Special Victims Unit in the DA's Office. These are chronic, serious domestic violence offenders court-ordered to domestic violence treatment and supervision. All cases with a domestic violence condition are referred to anger management counseling.

FORENSIC INTENSIVE RECOVERY (FIR) - This program was developed in conjunction with the District Attorney, Public Defender and Philadelphia Health Management Corporation. Offenders in this program have the dual diagnosis of drug/mental health problems and are supervised in the FIR unit.

INTERMEDIATE PUNISHMENT (IP) - IP is a probation sentence established by statute intended to divert offenders from state prison. Offenders who have substance abuse problems and are scored in the upper range of the Sentencing Guideline calculation are eligible for IP and their supervision includes inpatient drug and alcohol treatment and house arrest with electronic monitoring.

MENTAL HEALTH - Offenders in these units are stipulated by the sentencing judge. Offenders have documented psychiatric difficulties and require mental health treatment. These units work closely with the Court Mental Health Clinic to identify treatment options and develop supervision plans for the offenders. Offenders convicted in Mental Health Court are supervised by the Mental Health units.

MONITORED SUPERVISION - This unit provides a structured alternative to incarceration for offenders who are monitored electronically and referred for needed treatment. Offenders who violate their monitoring conditions are subject to arrest by the Warrant Unit of Pre-Trial Services.

SEX OFFENDERS - This unit intensively supervises offenders convicted of sexual offenses. Supervision includes urinalysis, counseling referrals, and monitoring of stay away orders and inappropriate living arrangements. The officers initiate Megan's Law registration for those offenders convicted of designated sex offenses. Female sexual offenders are assigned to one officer to specifically address their issues. Computer technology monitors and blocks internet usage by certain sex offenders.

SPECIALTY COURT

  • Detainer Alternative Program (DAP): A MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge funded program that provides a non-specialized probationer/parolee, who meets specific eligibility requirements, an opportunity to engage or re-engage in substance abuse treatment with the support of various Criminal Justice Partners (Judiciary, DA, APPD), the Public Defender, and PHMC in an effort to provide the best possible avenue of addressing his/her needs, in lieu of loding a probation warrant.
  • DUI Treatment Court: Four grant-funded caseloads are dedicated to offenders convicted in DUI Treatment Court. DUI Treatment Court allows eligible offenders (individuals with multiple DUI offenses with no history of violent crime or other legal complications related to their DUI offenses) to serve reduced jail time by attending extensive treatment that is legally enforceable.
  • Mental Health Court: A FJDMHC caseload consists of offenders diagnosed as severely mentally ill and convicted in the First Judicial District's Mental Health Court. The Philadelphia Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team (PFACT) is an integral player in this specialty court, as PFACT provides the services to these offenders
  • Dawn's Court: An all female caseload, consisting of court-ordered female sex offenders as well as female offenders convicted in Dawn's Court. This is a specialty court that hears prostitution cases for offenders that have been victims of sexual assault/abuse.
  • Veteran's Court: A FJD initiative with the Veterans Administration. An officer is assigned to handle all veteran offenders sentenced by this court, the goal of which is to stream-line the services available to these types of offenders

John Dunn, Director
Phone: 215-683-1271
FAX: 215-683-1276

The Director of this division oversees Intake, Court Mental Health Clinic, DNA Testing, Operations, Out of County/Out of State Supervision, Prison Population Management, Parole, Community Service, and Pre-sentence Investigation Units and victim services.

COMMUNITY SERVICE - This program arranges all Court-ordered community service for offenders so conditioned. APPD has developed well-monitored site placements with responsible organizations. APPD receives reports on hours of service by offender and maintains computerized records of completion.

COURT MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC - Mental health evaluations are ordered by the judiciary to determine the offenders' competency to stand trial and assist in their own defense. Evaluations are also ordered for involuntary commitment cases, amenability to treatment determinations, and special requests from trial Judges. The clinic honors APPD requests for mental health evaluations on supervised offenders and provides training for the judiciary regarding mental health issues.

DNA - DNA samples are collected from offenders convicted of felonies in accordance with Pennsylvania Act 185-2004. Testing is conducted with State Police Standards by a technician from Compliance Oversight Solutions Ideal, LLC, a contracted vendor. The Pennsylvania State Police supplies collection kits and receives the results.

INTAKE - Intake technicians use Monitor to initiate probation cases for all offenders so sentenced. Case imitation involves briefly interviewing the offender, entering docket information and running the offender risk assessment. All new probation officers do a rotation in this unit as it is the best training ground for understanding the business of probation. Student interns and externs are also assigned there. Unit staff works closely with the Clerk of Quarter Sessions.

OPERATIONS SUPPORT - These specialized technical staff handle the administrative transactions generated by certain frequently-occurring case events.

   RECORDS MANAGEMENT

  • Maintains and catalogs master files, each of which contains all documents accumulated for any offender supervised by APPD whose cases have expired.
  • Initiates out-of-county dockets in Monitor.
  • Responds to subpoenas for archived case information.
  • Responds to requests from other agencies for information on active and expired cases.

   Non-Sitting Judge Hearings (NSJ) – For those members of the judiciary who are no longer presiding over matters in the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County, docket inventories are administratively re-assigned to a designated member of the judiciary and are handled by one probation officer. CRASH COURT - This court hears all Gagnon I hearings. These hearings are handled by one probation officer assigned to the Supervision Support Division.

   VIOLATION OF PROBATION MANAGEMENT

  • Generate and track arrest warrants requested by officers for offenders who have violated or absconded from supervision.
  • Track potential open-bill violations through the trial phase, identify direct violations and request violation hearing on 'ready' cases as determined by our assessment of offenders' legal profile.
  • Field inquiries from agencies nation-wide regarding our offenders apprehended in other jurisdictions.
  • Issue and track warrants requested by State Parole agents on certain shared-supervision cases; schedule and attend warrant hearing.

OUT OF COUNTY/STATE - Offenders who reside in another jurisdiction but are convicted of a criminal offense are supervised by the Probation Department in the county of residence, with administrative monitoring by officers in this unit. APPD receives reports from the supervising jurisdiction, which sometimes requires intervention by our officer. This unit also provides courtesy supervision for offenders that live in Philadelphia but were convicted of a criminal offense in other jurisdictions. Cases are returned to APPD for cause.

PAROLE - Parole staff are responsible for the timely issuance of petitions to sentencing Judges based on local parole eligibility rules. The Release Information Network (RIN) is a networked computer application used by APPD and the Public Defender to support the paroling process. The Parole Unit receives and acts on both approved and denied petitions received from sentencing Judges.

PRESENTENCE - Two presentence units are staffed by experienced probation officers, who conduct background investigations examining and evaluating the offender's criminal and psycho-social history. Investigators compose reports for requesting Judges to assist in sentencing.

REENTRY INITIATIVES - The Mayor's Office for the Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) offers reintegration services to offenders upon their release from prison. This program also provides life-coaches and mentors. APPD staff refers offenders to their job training and placement services.

SAFE SURRENDER - An on-going initiative of receiving and processing offenders wishing to turn themselves in to clear outstanding warrants.

VICTIM SERVICES UNIT One probation officer is dedicated to assisting victims of crime. This officer reaches out to all victims of sexual offenses and survivors of homicide attempts.

Michael Pancoast, Director
Phone: 215-683-1287
FAX: 215-683-1472

The Director of this Division oversees training, the operations manual, the annual report, and the departments' compliance with state standards, PROB-START, the Probation Case Management System (PCMS), Statistics and Special Projects

SAFE SURRENDER - An on-going initiative of receiving and processing offenders wishing to turn themselves in to clear outstanding warrants.

MONITOR - Monitor is the APPD case management system used by probation officers to enter data on all aspects of case supervision. Managers also use Monitor to audit cases and otherwise oversee the operation of their units. Technically proficient staff maintain liaison with the vendor and conduct ongoing weekly and ad hoc phone conferences to support and improve the program.

PROB-START (Probation Supervision Through Analysis, Research and Training) - An overarching management construct using data from Monitor; started after Monitor had been in use long enough to yield informative results to targeted queries. Management identifies reviews, and acts on trends. The Chief Probation Officer selects a topic of importance in case supervision which is analyzed by the research team. Concurrently, Managers, Supervisors and Officers audit cases for instances of the ProbSTART topic. Group case conferences are held and management and line staff present and explain pertinent cases. Identified practices are lauded or remediated. They serve as the basis for policy development and department-wide training

TRAINING - This multifaceted unit arranges for and conducts training which, among other things, complies with the Pennsylvania Board of Parole and Probation mandate of 40 hours for professional staff and 16 hours for support staff. The Training Unit studies and develops policy for the department. FJD subsidizes, through APPD, certain graduate studies for which training hours are credited

Jillian Eidson, Director
Phone: 215-683-1285
FAX: 215-683-1472

The Director of this Division oversees all special projects and research relating to APPD.

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND RESEARCH - Provides APPD with operational and evaluative information not otherwise available. Two degreed professionals conduct fruitful studies and receive support and liaise with the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. With U Penn, the department developed and implemented the APPD Risk Tool which is used to assess the offender risk.

WEAPONS RELATED INJURY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (WRISS) - APPD maintains a database of shooting victims in Philadelphia with data from the Philadelphia Police Department. APPD uses these data to identify APPD offenders who were the victim of gun violence and disseminate weekly reports

Michelle D. Arlene, Chief
401 The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-683-7095

The Criminal Listing Department works to provide access to justice by the innovation and implementation of progressive case flow management daily. This department is responsible for the creation and coordination of calendar programs such as formal arraignment, majors, waiver, homicide, and domestic violence .They work closely with the judiciary, judicial staff, courtroom operations and other criminal justice partners to ensure effective management of all case inventory.

Criminal Listing Department
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Court of Common Pleas - Criminal Trial Division
206 The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION

Administration:
Keith Smith, Director
Phone: 215-683-7505
Fax: 215-683-7507

Diana Martin, Administrative Secretary
Phone: 215-683-7506
Fax: 215-683-7507

Please select an office or department from the list below to view detailed information.

Phone:(215) 683-7010; 7011; 7012; 7013
Fax: (215) 683-7015

These individuals act in a para-judicial capacity and assist the criminal court judiciary by performing some administrative court functions and assignments. Trial commissioners preside in courtrooms in the Stout Center for Criminal Justice and conduct hearings via video for court or administrative proceedings including GAGNON I hearings, notice of indictment hearings, expungement status hearings and formal arraignments. In addition, they are responsible for conducting the review and assignment of criminal cases to judges. Trial commissioners are responsible for case management and performing administrative functions which assure the proper case flow in the Criminal Division.

Phone: (215) 683-7007; 7008; 7009
Fax: (215) 683-7511

The Appointment Unit is responsible for processing counsel appointments to assure that indigent defendants are represented at scheduled court events. Appointments are for homicide and non-homicide criminal cases and appeals and are processed in accordance with Local Rule 406, General Court Regulation No. 2012-02 and Pa.R.Crim.P 801. This Unit also maintains each Municipal and Common Pleas Court judges' list of certified court appointed attorneys for misdemeanors, felonies and homicide and non-homicide Appeals and PCRA. Appointments processed by this Unit are for cases heard in Common Pleas, Municipal and Family Court (Adult Preliminary Hearings in Juvenile Court). This Unit also processes relief of counsel due to conflicts and performs all CPCMS data entry and related clerical functions associated with the appointment process including close interaction with the City of Philadelphia Counsel Fee Unit, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Phone: (215) 683-7528; 7529; 7530; 7531
Fax: (215) 683-7511

Hours of Operation: 8:30am-4:30pm

This Unit is responsible for the scheduling of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court violation of probation hearings, GAGNON I and II hearings, sentencings and post-trial motions. These matters are scheduled in conjunction with the Probation/Parole Department, judges and judicial staff. This Unit is also responsible for the reassignment of cases where the sentence exceeded the tenure of the judicial authority.

Phone: (215) 683-7525
Fax: (215) 683-7507

All requests for post-conviction relief pursuant to the Pennsylvania Post Conviction Relief Act (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 9541 et seq.) are processed and scheduled through the PCRA Unit who preliminarily reviews all PCRA petitions and identifies cases where there is a need for court appointed counsel. Staff attorneys in this Unit also prepare opinions and dispositional orders for second and subsequent petitions where the sentencing judge is no longer sitting.

Phone: (215) 683-7542
Fax: (215)683-7507

The Data Management Unit imposes stringent controls for records of new arrests, migration issues, participant identifiers, bench warrant hearings, and various other tasks as assigned and required. The Unit works closely with the District Attorney’s Office in the creation of Bills of Information. The unit also assists in the case flow management by recording pertinent data in several courtrooms such as the Smart Rooms within zone courtrooms, bench warrant hearings, motions court, formal arraignment court and the homicide pre-trial room.

The Pretrial Service Division of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania operates as a full service bail agency, providing supervised release services, appointment of counsel interviews, and enforcement of judicial orders related to the adult Criminal Trial Division.

Pretrial Services Division
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Criminal Trial Division
1401 Arch Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-3710

Director of Pretrial Services
Michael P. Bouchard III
Phone: 215-683-3705

MaryAnn Glackin, Administrative Secretary
Phone: 215-683-3705

Deputy Director of Pretrial Services
Sharon P. Malvestuto
Phone: 215-683-3704

Lekia Cook, Administrative Secretary
Phone: 215-683-3704

Where can bail be paid?

Bail can be paid at the Bail Acceptance Office, Room B-03 of the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert Street. The office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Payments can be made either in cash or with a valid credit or debit card. On selected occasions, a bank issued cashiers check can be accepted, however conditions apply and the hours of acceptance are limited when using a cashiers check.

Bail can also be posted at the Philadelphia Prison, Curran-Fromhold Institution. Hours of operation are
Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at this site.
All individuals posting bail must provide a valid form of identification to the cashier. Questions should be referred to the Bail Acceptance Office at 215-683-7727.

Do I get my bail money back?

Most of the bail money is refunded, provided there were no failures to appear for court or other release violations. Seventy percent of the bail deposit is available for refund thirty-one days after the final disposition of the case. The person named on the original bail deposit receipt must provide valid identification at the Clerk of Quarter Sessions/Bail Refund Office, Room B-03 of the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert Street. The office is open Monday through Fridays, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Phone: 215-683-7723.

When should I call the Pretrial Service Division?

All arrested individuals are required to phone the Pretrial office within 24 hours of your release after arrest. The contact/check-in phone number is 215-686-7421. This is an automated system, where your call will be recorded and is operational around the clock. You must provide your police identification number/PID when prompted. You are also required to call the Notification Unit at 215 683-3710 if you change your address or have questions about your court date. If you are on a supervised release you must report to 1401 Arch Street, 5th floor on your assigned Orientation Date and you must contact your assigned Pretrial Officer when required, or, call the Supervision Unit at 215-683-3750 if you have any questions. The Supervision Units are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What type of case does Pretrial Service Division appoint counsel for?

Adult criminal cases within the county of Philadelphia (does not include summary citations, matters of child custody, support, or protection from abuse petitions.) The appointment of counsel interviews are conducted at the Pretrial Service Division main office, 1401 Arch Street, 5th Floor, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Questions should be referred to 215-683-3710.

If I am on house arrest and an emergency situation occurs, who should I call?

You should call your assigned Pretrial Officer (Pretrial Cases) or Probation Officer (Post-trial matters) during traditional office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.--Monday through Friday. During evenings, weekends, and holidays, you should contact the House Arrest Monitoring Unit at 215-568-0191. This must be for a true emergency. You must provide the name of your Pretrial/Probation Officer, and specific information such as hospital address, doctor's name, etc.

What happens if I fail to appear in court?

You will be subject to immediate arrest on a bench warrant. If you were released on cash bail you could lose your deposit and be responsible for payment of the full bail amount. You can lessen or avoid these sanctions if you promptly surrender for a bench warrant hearing, at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, Room B-04 The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert Street. Questions should be referred to the Warrant Unit at 215-683-3723.

What if I have a question about a Bench Warrant?

The Warrant Unit functions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All questions concerning a bench warrant or tips regarding individuals wanted on a bench warrant should be referred to the Warrant Unit at 215-683-3723. All tip information will be strictly confidential.

Please select an office or department from the list below to view detailed information.

Jennifer Amabile, Manager - Arraignment Unit 215-683-3707

The Arraignment Unit operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1401 Arch Street. This unit works in coordination with six Detective Divisions and Police Headquarters for the purpose of interviewing via video all adults charged with misdemeanors or felonies in Philadelphia. The interviewers are responsible for collecting information regarding the arrested individual's personal and financial history, family/community ties and criminal history. The role of the unit is to capture charge severity, detailed personal information and any other critical information for the purpose of calculating a release guideline that is presented to a judicial authority for a bail determination

Samuel W. Turner, Manager – Electronic Monitoring Unit

Information calls: (215) 683-1538

Fax: (215) 683-6948

The Electronic Monitoring (EM) Unit is responsible for monitoring any individual court ordered to EM by the judiciary for both Pretrial and Post Trial matters. The Electronic Monitoring Unit operates twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. The Field Unit is responsible for the residential investigation along with installation and maintenance of all electronic monitoring equipment. The Monitoring Center is responsible for fielding and responding to all alerts.

Active electronic monitoring transmits a continual signal via the Personal Transceiver (PTX) worn by the individual, to the Personal Home Monitoring Unit (PHMU) installed in the individuals’ residence. The individual is monitored twenty-four (24) hours a day as continuous signals are sent to the host computer from the PHMU. In conjunction with the PHMU and PTX, some DUI Treatment Court participants are installed on a Breath Alcohol Real Time (BART) hand-held portable unit. The BART unit monitors and measures alcohol consumption as well as facial recognition of the individual.

Maureen Hutton, Supervisor - Data Verification Unit 215-683-3736

Information calls: (215) 683-3732

The Data Verification Unit is a 24/7 operation which processes correspondence from the Philadelphia Police Department, as well as Law Enforcement Agencies and Departments throughout the Commonwealth, as part of the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in order to confirm the validity of criminal bench warrants and probation violation warrants for individuals detained in those jurisdictions. Warrants are lodged for defendants who are being held on new charges and are being remanded to the County Prison or inmates who are already incarcerated or Sheriff Personnel are dispatched to accept custody of fugitives wanted on FJD warrants who are not being held on any other criminal charges. The Data Verification Unit is responsible for the quality control of warrants entered into NCIC and routinely conducts reviews of NCIC to edit warrants that are no longer valid and to enter warrants that should be in the system. The personnel are also responsible for generating the bench warrant hearing list for both the prison and the bench warrant surrenders as well as providing staff for the bench warrant surrender room in the basement of the Criminal Justice Center and the bench warrant hearing room. The Verification Unit coordinates with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to facilitate the extradition of defendants who are being held in jurisdictions outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Unit also checks the validity of bench warrants for the Department of Public Welfare and Social Security Administration for applicants to those programs. The Data Verification Unit also provides death verifications for abatement cases

Karleen N. Flowers, Manager - Bail Services and Supervision Unit

The Bail Services and Supervision Unit of the Pretrial Services Division is comprised of two departments.

The Records and Notification component is responsible for an intake orientation of all defendants ordered to pretrial supervision by the Court. The department also conducts financial interviews to determine eligibility for appointment of counsel for select cases requiring the services of an attorney. Staff field daily telephone calls from defendants, family members, attorneys and the general public requesting information with respect to court appearance dates, how and where to surrender on a bench warrant, bail and the processing of bail using real estate.

The Pretrial Officers of the Supervision Unit are responsible for the monitoring and supervision of all defendants ordered to adhere to specific bail conditions including ROSC – Type I and II, Intensive Direct Supervision and Electronic Monitoring – House Arrest. All defendants ordered to pretrial supervision must report for an initial orientation and thereafter via telephone and office visits. Pretrial Officers frequently communicate with the judiciary, attorneys and other related agencies as required. Accountability to record keeping is of the highest nature.

General Information: 215-683-3710

For general Court information, contact (215) 686-7000.

Contact

Business Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Bail Acceptance: Open 24 Hours