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PMC Praises Reduction in Civil Case Backlog

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 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.

Philadelphia Judge Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption Charges

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 26, 2014

On Wednesday, September 23, 2014, Judge Joseph C.

PA Supreme Court Revises Conduct Rules for MDJ’s

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

Philadelphia Juror Scofflaw Court Returns

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.

September 19, 2014

A group of 52 jurors who twice failed to report for jury duty, were summoned to appear in Juror Scofflaw Court before Judge Jeffrey Minehart. Of the 52, 10 prospective jurors were exempt from paying a fine, but were given a new date for service.

Former MDJ Charged With Perjury by AG

On September 11, 2014, Judge Dwight K. Shaner, a magisterial district judge in Fayette County, PA from 1986 to 2013, was charged with perjury, a third degree felony, and obstruction of law or other governmental function, a second degree misdemeanor. Judge Shaner retired at the end of 2013 in compliance with the mandatory judicial retirement provisions of the Pennsylvania constitution.

September 12, 2014

Former MDJ Charged with Perjury by AG

CAP Program in Lower Bucks County Provides Alternative to Court

A Community Accountability Program, which helps low-level, nonviolent offenders avoid a criminal record has successfully launched in Bucks County. It utilizes alternative forms of prosecution as means for these first time, low-level offenders to atone for their offenses. The program consists a panels of local volunteers to hear cases and recommend sanctions.

September 10, 2014

A Community Accountability Program(CAP) has successfully launched in Bucks County (Quakertown and Richland, Pa) and is expanding throughout Lower Bucks County.

Veterans’ Diversionary Court Now Offered in Fayette County

Fayette County is now offering a Diversionary Program for veterans accused of minor criminal offenses. Through the voluntary program, eligible veterans are placed into six-month programs such as substance abuse treatment or behavioral health counseling. Upon completion of the program, the criminal charges will be dismissed.

September 5, 2014

Fayette County is now offering a Diversionary Program for veterans accused of minor criminal offenses. Through the voluntary program, eligible veterans are placed into six-month programs such as substance abuse treatment or behavioral health counseling.

Orie Melvin's Conviction Upheld

On Thursday, The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld Orie Melvin’s conviction on six criminal counts and amended the sentenced imposed by Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus. Orie Melvin will be required to serve three years of house arrest, volunteer in a soup kitchen, pay a $55,000 fine, and write apology notes to every Pennsylvania judge.

August 25, 2014

On Thursday, The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld Orie Melvin’s conviction on six criminal counts and amended the sentenced imposed by Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus.

Judicial Vacancies in York County Puts Pressure On Current 4 Seated Judges

The vacancies on the York County Court of Common Pleas are making it difficult for the court to keep up with its growing caseload.

August 18, 2014

The vacancies on the York County Court of Common Pleas are making it difficult for the court to keep up with its growing caseload.There are currently 3 judicial vacancies. Two vacancies resulted from the retirements of Judge Sheyl Ann Dorney last year and Judge Penny L. Blackwell on January 6.

Citzen's United Comes to Pennsylvania; Threatens Our Courts

US District Judge William Caldwell of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a memorandum opinion and order bringing the Pennsylvania Election Code in line with the holding in Citizens' United v. Federal Election Commission.

August 14, 2014

US District Judge William Caldwell of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a memorandum opinion and order bringing the Pennsylvania Election Code in line with the holding in Citizens' United v. Federal Election Commission.