About PMC

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to ensure that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts for justice with confidence that the most qualified, fair, and impartial judges will preside over their cases. Read More>>

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  • November 14, 2014

    The Judicial Conduct Board (JCB) filed formal charges against Magisterial District Judge Robert Jennings III today, alleging seven counts of judicial misconduct. The allegations include violations of the magisterial district judge’s standards of conduct and of the Pennsylvania constitution.

  • November 14, 2014

    Five judges from the Washington County Court of Common Pleas noted in a news release yesterday that they reached out for the PA Supreme Court for help in relieving President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca of her administrative duties.

  • November 12, 2014

    Former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge Thomasine Tynes has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of conflict of interest, while the other state charges against her will be dropped.

  • November 10, 2014

    PMC Executive Director Lynn Marks will appear on PCN tonight at 8p.m.to discuss the importance of changing the way we select judges.

 

Using the Courts

Being in court can be confusing and overwhelming. PMC provides information and resources to help you better understand and navigate the court system.
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Choosing Judges

Only the most qualified individuals – based on legal skill, experience, temperament and reputation for fairness, impartiality and independence – should become judges. The process of selecting judges is extremely important in ensuring that such people reach the bench. PMC works to bring Pennsylvania a judicial selection system that can achieve this goal.
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The Jury System

The jury is the cornerstone of the American Justice System. PMC works to keep the jury system strong, by increasing the numbers of citizens who serve, expanding the diversity of our jury pools and working with the courts to make jury duty a satisfying experience.
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Eliminating Bias

Bias in the justice system remains a persistent problem. PMC works with local, state and national partners to eliminate all forms of bias from our courts.
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