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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  • April 29, 2014

    The United States Supreme Court today issued an opinion in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar upholding the ban on personal solicitation by judicial candidates. The opinion emphasized the unique position of judges, stating specifically that "Judges are not politicians, even when they come to the bench by way of the ballot."

  • Under the leadership of its highest court, Pennsylvania is breaking ground in the growing legal area of elder justice. The Elder Law Task Force was formed in April 2013 to comprehensively study the issues of access to justice for older Pennsylvanians.

  • April 27, 2015

    York County President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh has spoken out regarding the reassignment of District Judge Jeff Joy’s criminal cases pending investigation, saying the directive came from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

  • The state Supreme Court approved changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure requiring magisterial district judges to favor releasing defendants awaiting payment determination hearings or trial for summary violations, rather than sending them to jail.

 

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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