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The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is an important component of the federal judiciary, serving a region that includes Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. This district is distinguished by its rich industrial heritage, notably in the steel industry, and a diverse economic landscape that includes thriving healthcare, technology, and education sectors.
The court’s main location is the Joseph F. Weis Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh, with additional divisions in Erie and Johnstown.
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Federal Judges’ Roles and Responsibilities
Currently, the Western District of Pennsylvania is staffed by 14 U.S. District Judges, 12 of whom are senior judges, and 18 Magistrate Judges.
The district’s history in steel and its current economic diversity lead to cases involving corporate litigation, intellectual property disputes related to the burgeoning tech sector, and labor law issues. Judges also handle significant criminal cases, including organized crime, drug trafficking, and public corruption. Their responsibilities encompass conducting trials, managing pre-trial proceedings, ruling on motions, and issuing legal opinions, all while upholding justice and legal integrity.
US Courthouse Locations
The Courthouses are open during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
17 South Park Row Erie, PA 16501 814-464-9600
700 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-208-7500
319 Washington Street Johnstown, PA 15901 814-533-4504
Federal Public Defender’s Office
The Federal Public Defender’s Office in the Western District of Pennsylvania provides crucial legal representation to indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, covering all stages of the legal process, including trial, plea negotiations, sentencing, and appeals before the 11th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, as well as probation or supervised release violation cases.
1001 Liberty Avenue Suite 1500 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 644-6565
1001 State Street Suite 1111 Erie, PA 16501 (814) 455-8089
319 Washington Street Johnstown, PA 15901 (412) 644-6565
U.S. Pre Trial Services
U.S. Pre Trial services in the Western District of Pennsylvania assesses individuals charged with federal crimes, recommending bail and release conditions to ensure court appearances and public safety. The system aims to minimize unnecessary detention, provide fair treatment, and guide defendants through the complexities of the pretrial process.
17 South Park Row, Room A-110 Erie, Pa 16501 814-464-9650
700 Grant St, Suite 3330 Pittsburgh, Pa 15219 412-395-6907
319 Washington Street, Suite 110 Johnstown, Pa 15901 814-533-4540
Federal Bail Bonds
In the Western District of Pennsylvania, bond fulfillment documents must be submitted in person at the Criminal Intake window, typically between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Bail payments are accepted via cashier’s checks or money orders; cash over $5,000 and personal checks are not accepted.
Be sure to contact the Clerk of the Court or US PreTrial services for exact bail information.
Federal Prison Early Release
For those in the Western District of Pennsylvania facing federal prison for crimes like white-collar offenses and drug trafficking, Wall Street Prison Consultants offers assistance with, guiding defendants through the Court process, prison survival and early release programs. For early prison release options Contact Wall Street Prison Consultants at at 212-796-6064
U.S. Attorney’s Office
The U.S. The Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania enforces federal laws, empanels Grand Juries, and issues indictments. Assistant United States Attorneys prosecute a range of federal crimes, reflecting the district’s unique legal landscape.
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-644-3500
17 South Park Row Erie, PA 16501 814-452-2906
319 Washington Street Johnstown, PA 15901 814-533-4547