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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.

Justice Stevens to Return to the Superior Court and Judge Allen to Retire

Interim Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens will return to the Pennsylvania Superior Court as a Senior Judge when his interim term ends and Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen has announced her retirement, effective September 4.

More Editorial Boards Join the Call for Merit Selection

Several editorial boards from around Pennsylvania, including those of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lehigh Valley Express-Times, have joined others in making the case for merit selection following the introduction of a bill to change the way we select statewide, appellate judges by State Reps. Cutler (R., Lancaster) and Dean (D., Montgomery).

Supreme Court Candidates File Their Third Campaign Finance Reports of 2015

The third round of campaign finance reports were due for candidates for Supreme Court Justice on June 18th

Merit Selection Bill Introduced in the PA House of Representatives

A bill introduced on June 15 in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives would change the way we choose statewide appellate judges from a system of expensive partisan elections to a system of merit selection.

Catherine Carr is the Winner of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association honored Catherine C. Carr with the 2015 Sandra Day O’Connor Award, given annually by the bar association to women who are both accomplished attorneys and have furthered for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Committee Contemplating Changing a Rule Regarding Testimony to Protect Elderly Pennsylvanians

The Criminal Procedure Rules Committee is considering whether a rule regarding the preservation of testimony should be expanded to include elderly victims or witnesses who, because of their age or an illness, may not be able to testify in a slow-moving case.

PA Supreme Court Raising Pro Hac Vice Fees in Effort to Expand Access to Justice in PA

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court raised the pro hac vice fees, which are paid by out-of-state lawyers in order to appear in Pennsylvania courts, so that it can continue funding a loan repayment assistance program for attorneys who represent indigent clients.

Veterans Treatment Court in Pittsburgh Graduates its First Class

The federal Veterans Treatment Court in Pittsburgh congratulated the first class of veterans to complete the first phase of the program on June 3.

First Judicial District and Philadelphia District Attorney Officials Request More Funds

During hearings related to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget proposal last month, First Judicial District and Philadelphia District Attorney Officials advocated for increased funding for their respective departments.