CHAPTER 1
 
JURISDICTION OF THE COURT
 

 
 
 
 
B. The Effect of the 1969 Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution

A Constitutional amendment, effective January 1, 1969, abolished separate Orphans’ Courts throughout the Commonwealth. In judicial districts with separate Orphans’ Courts, the Orphans’ Court became a Division of the Court of Common Pleas. In judicial districts without separate Orphans’ Courts, an Orphans’ Court Division composed of the judge or judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the judicial district exercised Orphans’ Court jurisdiction.
 
 

 
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