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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  • May 21, 2015

    The results are in for the Pennsylvania primary judicial elections held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The candidates to compete for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the open seat on the Superior Court and the open seat on the Commonwealth Court in the general election this November have been determined.

  • May 21, 2015

    In Philadelphia voters in the Tuesday primary selected 12 Democrats from a highly populated roster of candidates for judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. As there was only one candidate running on the Republican ticket, it is a nearly definite that 11 of those 12 democratic candidates will assume seats on the bench after the November general election.

  • May 15, 2015

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court primary candidates are airing a barrage of last-minute television advertising, pushing broadcast TV ad buy totals up to at least $2.4 million as of May 15, according to Federal Communications Commission records analyzed by Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake.

  • May 13, 2015

    With Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court primary less than a week away, television ad buys have reached at least $1,456,975, according to Federal Communications Commission records analyzed by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

 

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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