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Note to students: Although sometimes verdicts in a case in one Court are appealed to a higher Court, more often the case is only heard in the appropriate Court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the state. The seven-member court:
• Hears discretionary appeals from the Superior Court and Commonwealth courts.
• Hears direct appeals from the Courts of Common Pleas in cases specified by statute, including all death-penalty cases and direct appeals from Commonwealth Court in its original jurisdiction.
• May hear a case from any level in certain circumstances.