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The Constitution of Pennsylvania establishes the Common Pleas Court as the trial court of general jurisdiction in the Commonwealth. It is here that criminal prosecutions are brought ranging from homicides to misdemeanors. Claims for money damages in complex civil cases are tried here. All matters relating to the family - divorce, custody and support - are presented here. Juvenile court cases, estate matters, adoptions, property disputes and equity issues are all heard at this level. Facts are determined and the rights of individuals in the most significant matters in their lives are adjudicated by the Court of Common Pleas in thousands of matters annually. Each year the citizens of this county have contact with the Court as litigants, witnesses, and jurors. For these reasons, it is important that you know about this Court and how it fulfills its constitutional responsibility. The Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County are proud of the quantity and quality of work accomplished by the judicial branch.