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Former PA Supreme Court Justice Formally Removed from Office

In a unanimous opinion from the Court of Judicial Discipline, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was formally removed from office and made ineligible from holding judicial office at any time in the future.

Lancaster County District Judge Removed from Office

The Court of Judicial Discipline removed Lancaster County Magisterial Judge Kelly Ballentine from her post, which she has held since 2006.

AOPC Launches PAeDocket for Android

Courts have often employed new technology to make judicial information accessible to the public. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court disseminates its opinions on Twitter. New Jersey educates its citizens about court functions through YouTube videos. The recent release of the Android version of PAeDocket continues this practice of using innovative technology in order to expand public accessibility.

President Obama Nominates Four PA Judges to Fill Federal Court Vacancies

President Barack Obama has nominated four judges to fill vacancies in Pennsylvania federal courts.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Joins Supreme Court Race as Independent

Philadelphia Common Please Judge Paul Panepinto has announced that he has collected the required number of signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot as an independent in the race for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Comfort Dogs Create Positive Changes in Dependency Court

Comfort dogs—animals who, unlike traditional service dogs, are trained to provide emotional support--were first used during World War II to help soldiers recover from the trauma of battle. Now, they’re being used to help children navigate a different sort of battlefield: dependency court.

Former Traffic Court Judge Sentenced to Two Years Probation

U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced former Philadelphia Traffic Court Administrative Judge Fortunato Perri to two years probation after pleading guilty in 2013 to charges related to ticket fixing and “consideration” in Philadelphia Traffic Court.

Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Charged with Extortion

Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Robert Jennings III was indicted last week on charges relating to his demands that constables working in his court donate to his 2009 campaign for re-election.

Former Washington County Judge Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Drugs from Evidence

Former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky was sentenced to a maximum of 23 and one half months in prison for stealing drugs submitted to his court as evidence.

Updated: Lancaster County District Judge Jayne Duncan Has Cases Reassigned Due to Criminal Investigation

District Judge Jayne Duncan, who presides over cases in Elizabethtown, Mount Joy and West Donegal townships, has had a portion of her cases reassigned by Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker on June 25.