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Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Begins New Mentor Program for Recent Offenders

In April, the Court of Common Pleas started an initiative to diminish recidivism called MENTOR (Mentors Empowering Now to Overcome Recidivism). The program, started by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos, hopes to keep offenders from offending again by matching them with civilian volunteers who serve as mentors.

June 12, 2014

In April, the Court of Common Pleas started an initiative to diminish recidivism called MENTOR (Mentors Empowering Now to Overcome Recidivism). The program, started by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos, hopes to keep offenders from offending again by matching them with civilian volunteers who serve as mentors.

National Constitution Center Hosts Panel on a Judge’s Perspective of Maintaining a Fair Judiciary

On Monday, the National Constitution Center hosted a panel of judges entitled “A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary.” The panel included District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, and former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus.

June 11, 2014

On Monday, the National Constitution Center hosted a panel of judges entitled “A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary.” The panel included District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby who is the president of the National Association of Women Judges, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J.

Additional Wiretap Evidence Presented at Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Trial

Last Thursday, prosecutors presented additional wiretap evidence in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.

June 11, 2014

Last Thursday, prosecutors presented additional wiretap evidence in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.

Merit Selection Vote Called Off

Although we’re disappointed that the House Judiciary Committee will not consider commonsense solutions, this session, to getting the most qualified judges on the bench and removing money from the process, we are committed to continuing this important public conversation.

June 10, 2014

Although we’re disappointed that the House Judiciary Committee will not consider commonsense solutions, this session, to getting the most qualified judges on the bench and removing money from the process, we are committed to continuing this important public conversation.

Retired Judge Moss Honored With Sandra Day O'Connor Award

On Monday, June 10, 2014, retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss was honored with the Philadelphia Bar Association Sandra Day O’Connor award. The award recognizes excellence and the advancement of women in the legal profession.

June 10, 2014

Retired Judge Moss Honored With Sandra Day O'Connor Award

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Call for Hearings on Court Cutting Measure (SB324)

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) expressed concerns today about the potentially devastating impact of the court-reduction provisions of Senate Bill 324.

June 9, 2014

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) expressed concerns today about the potentially devastating impact of the court-reduction provisions of Senate Bill 324.

Scofflaw Jurors Arrested and Fined

On Wednesday, Judge John W. Herron and Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart addressed thirty-one individuals who failed to appear for Scofflaw Court on May 21.

June 6, 2014

On Wednesday, Judge John W. Herron and Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart addressed thirty-one individuals who failed to appear for Scofflaw Court on May 21.

ACTION NEEDED - Merit Selection Vote on 6/10

We just received notice that House Bill 1848, providing for the merit selection of statewide, appellate court judges is scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee next Tuesday, June 10.

June 6, 2014

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Philadelphia Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Trial Hears Testimony from Three Additional Witnesses Wednesday

On Wednesday, three witnesses testified in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.

June 6, 2014

On Wednesday, three witnesses testified in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.

Attorneys Shocked by Senate Proposal to Slash Judiciary

Attorneys and legal professionals expressed concern at recent Senate efforts to cut the size of the judiciary.

June 5, 2014

Attorneys and legal professionals expressed concern at recent Senate efforts to cut the size of the judiciary.