McKean County Court

Find McKean County Pennsylvania courts and courthouses, such as federal, state, district, superior, criminal, common, circuit, judicial, judiciary, divorce, appeals, family, traffic, and small claims courts. Courts provide information on legal cases, law documents, case searches, and appeals.


Bradford District Court 1185 East Main Street Bradford PA 16701 814-362-7767


Bradford Magistrate Court 22 Davis Street Bradford PA 16701 814-368-4075

Kane Magistrate Court 116 Fraley Street Kane PA 16735 814-837-7131

McKean County Court 500 West Main Street Smethport PA 16749 814-887-3323

McKean Magistrate Court 8952 Main Street McKean PA 16426 814-476-7734

Smethport Magistrate Court 625 East Water Street Smethport PA 16749 814-887-5743

About McKean County Courts

Courts in McKean County, PA are government institutions that resolve legal disputes in accordance with local McKean County and Pennsylvania law and are housed in McKean County courthouses. Courts are divided into Criminal Courts and Civil Courts. In McKean County Criminal Courts, the government prosecutes a case against parties accused of breaking the law. In McKean County Civil Courts the Court resolves disputes between citizens.

You may contact Courts for questions about:
  • McKean County court records and judgments
  • Law documents, filings and case records
  • Appealing McKean County court judgments
  • Court calendars and dockets
  • McKean County background checks
McKean County Court Records

McKean County court records are available to the public at the McKean County Courthouse. Records vary by specific court, however, commonly requested public records include copies of court decisions, court filings and records, court dockets and calendars, people and background check information as well as criminal records.

About the US Court System

The United States Legal System is comprised of a Federal Court System and Fifty State Court Systems which hear cases at McKean County Courthouses.

McKean County Trial Courts

McKean County Courts, where cases are heard for the first time, are where both sides, the prosecutor and defendant present evidence to argue and support their versions of events. A jury usually decides the outcome of cases and a single judge presides over the court room.

Limited Jurisdiction Court

Limited Jurisdiction Courts in McKean County are typically limited to hearing only cases about small claims, traffic and driving violations, and misdemeanor offenses. Other courts of limited jurisdiction include McKean County Probate Courts and McKean County Family Courts.

Appellate Court in McKean County, Pennsylvania

Appellate Courts, or Courts of Appeal, hear appeals of decisions that are reached in McKean County Trial Courts. A judge or a panel of judges presides over the appellate process and decides the outcome of the trial rather than a jury.

Pennsylvania Federal Courts

Federal Courts are divided into Trial Courts and Appellate courts. McKean County Federal Courts are divided into Courts of General Jurisdiction and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. General Jurisdiction Courts preside over all matters of cases, whereas Courts of Limited Jurisdiction are limited by their scope. Federal Courts in Pennsylvania are referred to as Superior Courts or District Courts and have jurisdictional authority over defined geographic areas.

Twelve Circuit Courts comprise the US Appellate Court System with the United States Supreme Court at its head. Appellate Courts in Pennsylvania state are similar to the Federal System, whereas multiple appellate courts hear cases within a defined geographic area, governed by the highest State Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.