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​The Pennsylvania Court system is structured like a pyramid with the Supreme Court at the top. In the criminal justice system, defendants first appear before either a Magisterial District Court, or the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Generally, if charges are deemed sufficient to move forward, the defendant will then move to the Court of Common Pleas for trial, and if found guilty of any offenses, the defendant will be sentenced by a judge of the Court of Common Pleas.  


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