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First Judicial District's Elder Justice & Civil Resource Center

The Elder Justice & Civil Resource Center ("The Center") is a court-based resource center, located at Philadelphia City Hall, offering free assistance for all Philadelphians in civil matters and specialized assistance for people over the age of 60.

The Center addresses the unique needs of this growing population by offering the following:
Direct assistance that will provide support to seniors for navigation through the court system and with assistive equipment.
Referrals to agencies that will provide seniors with legal services

The Elder Justice & Civil Resource Center staff can provide legal information, but not legal advice.

Legal information includes answering questions about how the court works, and the different options available to you.

The Center Staff cannot help decide what you should do, or predict what will happen in a case.

The Center Staff may provide information to all parties in a case, but cannot act as your attorney.

CLE - EJCRC Volunteer Attorney Training Program: Landlord-Tenant Appeals & Motions Program Overview
Notice: EJCRC Volunteer Attorney Training Program: Landlord-Tenant Appeals & Motions Program Overview
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Location: Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market Street, 10th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration Website:

If you are a Pennsylvania Attorney in good standing and are interested in volunteering with the Elder Justice & Civil Resource Center please call 215-686-7027 or email for more information.

Educational Seminars for Seniors coming soon

The educational seminars topics will include:

  • Recognizing, Preventing and Responding to Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation.
  • Assistance for Grandparents/great-grandparents: Custody, Guardianship and Protection from Abuse Orders.
  • Real Estate Matters and Fraud Prevention: Informed Decisions on Reverse Mortgages, Predatory Lending and Property Tax Assessment/Exemptions.
  • Debt Collection Issues: Credit Card Debts and Utilities of Electric, Gas and Water
  • Health & Financial Planning: Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives/Agents
  • Mental Health Commitment Hearings: Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Safeguarding Your Savings: Avoiding Financial Fraud, Scams and Exploitation.

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Business Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30am to 3pm