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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What's New

  • March 31,2015

    As of March 25, twenty of the original sixty candidates running for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas or Municipal Court have dropped out of the race. The number of judicial candidates remaining is still the largest in recent memory.

  • March 30, 2015

    The Philadelphia Bar Association released its first group of ratings for judicial candidates running for seats on the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in Philadelphia. They also released ratings for candidates who are from Philadelphia and running for the statewide Superior Court or Supreme Court.

  • March 30, 2015

    There are numerous vacancies for judgeships throughout the state of Pennsylvania this year, and many candidates are vying for the positions as a result. There are currently 18 candidates running for statewide judicial vacancies, 245 candidates running for county-level seats, and dozens more running for magisterial district judge.

  • March 24, 2015

    Seventeen new panelists were sworn in to Luzerne County’s Youth Aid Panel program this week, which was designed to divert first-time juvenile offenders charged with minor crimes.


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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