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

  • September 29, 2014

    In a press conference, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille announced that Pennsylvania has reduced its backlog of civil cases 19% in the past two years.

  • September 26, 2014

    On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Judge Joseph C. Waters, a Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and mail fraud charges in Federal district court. The guilty plea came one day after Judge Waters resigned from the court, effective immediately.

  • September 19, 2014

    On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced changes to the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for Magisterial District Judges (MDJs).

  • September 19, 2014

    A group of 52 jurors who failed to report for jury duty twice, were summoned to appear in Juror Scofflaw Court before Judge Jeffrey Minehart.


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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