Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts with confidence that they will be heard by qualified, fair and impartial judges. PMC functions as a court watchdog, identifying and speaking out on issues that impact the public's confidence in our courts.
PMC seeks to improve and strengthen the justice system in Pennsylvania through its three main program areas: judicial selection reform; systemic court reform and improvements; and public education.
PMC’s founders were motivated to create a new organization by a 1988 report by the Pennsylvania Judicial Reform Commission. This blue-ribbon panel of civic leaders, public officials, legal professionals and members of the judiciary commissioned by Governor Casey and chaired by then-Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck, found that confidence in the judiciary was appallingly low, in large part due to the system of electing judges, including the fundraising that went along with it. This, combined with several scandals in the late 1980s involving Pennsylvania judges, led to the formation of PMC.