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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  • January 20, 2015

    Washington DC (January 20, 2015) – Today, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Williams-Yulee v. the Florida Bar on whether Florida’s ban on judicial candidates personally asking for money violates their First Amendment rights. Pennsylvania has a similar ban.

  • January 15, 2015

    Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry received a 20-month prison sentence on Wednesday for perjury. Lowry and three of his colleagues were convicted in July of lying to federal authorities regarding their involvement in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing scheme.

  • January 14, 2015

    With an unprecedented number of vacancies on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court in 2015, more than sixteen candidates have expressed interest in running for one of three open seats. Commentators speculate that the amount of openings combined with Pennsylvania’s laid-back campaign finance laws could lead to an unprecedented amount of money flooding in from outside special interest groups.

  • January 14, 2015

    Pennsylvania now has over 100 “problem-solving” or “treatment” courts. These courts divert non-violent offenders from jail and place them in various treatment programs.


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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