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Pennsylvania State Representative Introduces Bill Requiring Judges To Reveal Party In Retention Elections

On Monday, Representative Ted Harhai, D-Fayette/Westmoreland introduced a bill to require judges running for retention to reveal their party affiliation on the ballot.

January 30, 2014

On Monday, Representative Ted Harhai, D-Fayette/Westmoreland introduced a bill to require judges running for retention to reveal their party affiliation on the ballot. Currently, judges standing for retention are listed on the ballot by name only, with no party affiliation.

Rules Committee Proposes Changes to Judicial Code on Collateral Rules

From 2011 to the middle of December 2013, Montgomery County Judge Francis Lawrence has sent people to jail 228 times, for “failure to pay collateral.”

January 29, 2014

From 2011 to the middle of December 2013, Montgomery County Judge Francis Lawrence has sent people to jail 228 times, for “failure to pay collateral.” Collateral is money paid in advance of a plea, similar to bail, to ensure that defendants contesting their violations show up for their hearings.

Judge Stresses Team Approach to Juveniles

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge William H. Amesbury, who took over as administrator of Luzerne County juvenile court at the beginning of the year, and juvenile court Judge Jennifer L. Rogers convened a meeting of 30 delegates from 14 different agencies that provide services to juveniles to discuss how the judiciary can better work with organizations across the county to serve the needs

January 29, 2014

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge William H. Amesbury, who took over as administrator of Luzerne County juvenile court at the beginning of the year, and juvenile court Judge Jennifer L.

Former Traffic Court Administrator Hird Pleads Guilty in Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Scandal

Former Philadelphia Traffic Court administrator, William Hird, pled guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and various counts of wire and mail fraud, as well as making false statements to the FBI.

January 28, 2014

Former Philadelphia Traffic Court administrator, William Hird, pled guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and various counts of wire and mail fraud, as well as making false statements to the FBI.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina Transferred to Civil Division

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was transferred from the criminal division to the civil division after her request to be transferred to the civil division was approved by Judge John W. Herron, Administrative Judge of the court's civil trial division.

January 28, 2014

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was transferred from the criminal division to the civil division after her request to be transferred to the civil division was approved by Judge John W.

Efforts to 'Right Size' Pa. Trial Judges Are on the Horizon

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, in partnership with the National Center for States Courts, has begun a comprehensive study of trial judge workloads to determine how best to deploy the court system’s limited resources.

January 24, 2014

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, in partnership with the National Center for States Courts, has begun a comprehensive study of trial judge workloads to determine how best to deploy the court system’s limited resources.

Pa. disciplinary panel orders reprimand for Erie judge who waved handgun at another motorist

The Court of Judicial Discipline has unanimously ordered a reprimand for Judge Thomas Carney in relation to a 2009 incident in which Carney waved a handgun at a fellow motorist.

January 24, 2014

The Court of Judicial Discipline has unanimously ordered a reprimand for Judge Thomas Carney in relation to a 2009 incident in which Carney waved a handgun at a fellow motorist.

Gantman Aims to Make Superior Court More Accessible as PJ

The election of Judge Susan Peikes Gantman as the Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge.

January 14, 2014

Judge Susan Peikes Gantman has been elected to become the new Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge. Her election was received favorably as court officials consider her a strong advocate in granting greater public accessibility to the courts.

Join PCCP, Lynn Marks, and Judge Phyllis W. Beck for a discussion on the future of merit selection

The Philadelphia Committee on City Policy will host a discussion on the future of merit selection in Pennsylvania on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

January 15, 2014

The Philadelphia Committee on city Policy will host a discussion on the future of merit selection in Pennsylvania on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Supreme Court Adopts New Judicial Code of Conduct

The Supreme Court has adopted a newly updated Judicial Code of Conduct.

January 9, 2014

The Supreme Court has adopted a newly updated Judicial Code of Conduct. This is the first comprehensive update in nearly forty years and is the culmination of two years of study and deliberation by a commission chaired by Judge Anne Lazarus as well as a committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.