ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
There are several types of court hearings and arraignments that take place when a defendant enters the justice system. These hearings take place before a trial. This resource will briefly summarize the types of court hearings and arraignments in Pennsylvania, in the order they occur during the process. Court hearings occur at the Pre-Trial Services & Prosecution and Preliminary Procedures & Adjudication phases in the Justice Map.
For more information about competency evaluations and other justice system procedures, visit the ASERT Navigating the Justice System page.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.