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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.

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.

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.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.

PMC Letter to the Editor (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

PMC published a letter to the editor in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review arguing that the problems with money in judicial elections cannot be fixed through the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Remembering Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen

On Monday, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen passed away at age 79 from lung cancer. He will probably be most remembered as the only Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice ever to be impeached.

New Law Helps Modernize and Save on Court Record Keeping

As a modern alternative method of storing and preserving court records, a new law provides Pennsylvania counties with the option to store records electronically. The electronic storage method could save significant tax dollars. The act was passed as an amendment to a House bill which was signed into law last month, and will take effect Friday.

New rules in PA advise judges when to step aside

The revised Code of Judicial Conduct, which went into effect July 1, requires Pennsylvania judges to step aside when hearing cases involving campaign donors who have made a donation of an amount that "would raise reasonable concern" about impartiality and fairness. However, the Code does not require disqualification or recusal where the contributions have come from a political action committee.

PMC Publishes Op-Ed Piece on Traffic Court Trial

Yesterday Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts’ own Lynn Marks and Suzanne Almeida published an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia titled “More lessons to learn from Traffic Court.”

New Anti-Nepotism Policy in Effect

Under a new anti-nepotism policy that went into effect last week, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judges are now prevented from hiring their relatives, but those relatives currently employed may keep their jobs.