The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently released its annual State of the Commonwealth’s Courts report. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court’s press release, the occasion is designed to offer Pennsylvanians a better understanding of the judicial branch.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard arguments on two cases challenging the Pennsylvania constitutional provision requiring that judges retire at the end of the year they reach the age of 70. Several judges near or at the age of 70 have brought the challenge.
Governor Corbett signed a new law this week authorizing counties to abolish the office of jury commissioner. The new law will eliminate the need for voters to elect jury commissioners in those counties that choose to use its authority by again abolishing the jury commissioner office.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted a rule that will abolish the use of parent coordinators in child custody cases. According to the Court’s April 23 order, Rule 1915.11-1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure take effect May 23.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted a rule that will abolish the use of parent coordinators in child custody cases. According to the Court’s April 23 order, Rule 1915.11-1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Proced
The most important apology Joan Orie Melvin must make is not to other members of the judiciary but to the people of Pennsylvania. Being a judge is about more than just deciding cases.
The most important apology Joan Orie Melvin must make is not to other members of the judiciary but to the people of Pennsylvania. Being a judge is about more than just deciding cases. It is about upholding the integrity of the judiciary and ensuring access to justice. It’s a difficult job with a lot of responsibility that often requires personal sacrifices.
Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Melvin has been sentenced to three years house arrest and two years of probation for campaign corruption charges. Orie Melvin’s sister Janine Orie has been sentenced to one year of house arrest and one year of probation for a related conviction.
According to the Legal Intelligencer, Governor Corbett has not made a move to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant upon Joan Orie Melvin’s May 1st resignation. Sources in the Pennsylvania legal community also said that there is a possibility that the Governor will not make any nomination at all.
The owner of the home in which judicial candidate Joseph Maher claimed to live became suspicious after receiving a notice from her gas company with Maher’s name on the bill. The homeowner claimed that Maher, her attorney, had his name added to her gas bill despite never living or even staying at the residence.
According to a recent press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, first-time child or spousal support applicants may now choose to complete an online questionnaire. The new questionnaire is said to save time for both clients and courts.
U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly has issued a protective order for the certification exams of six indicted Traffic Court judges. Federal prosecutors subpoenaed the exam and the exam results of six indicted judges. The Minor Judiciary Education Board, the body that administers the examination, said it would comply with the subpoena, but requested a protective order.