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Pennsylvania Superior Court Grants Orie Melvin's Motion to Consolidate Appeals

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has granted former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s motion to consolidate the appeals of her criminal conviction and stay of sentence. 

May 7, 2014

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has granted former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s motion to consolidate the appeals of her criminal conviction and stay of sentence.  Orie Melvin was criminally convicted on six counts for

The Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition released a report detailing the growing gap in civil legal access for low-income

The Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition released a report detailing the growing gap in civil legal access for low-income Pennsylvanians and the negative effects this has on litigants and the state.

May 7, 2014

The Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition released a report detailing the growing gap in civil legal access for low-income Pennsylvanians and the negative effects this has on litigants and the state.

Developer Sentenced for Role in "Kids for Cash" Scandal

Robert Mericle, a builder of for-profit youth detention centers, was sentenced to a year in prison, fined $250,000, and ordered to serve one hundred hours of community service by U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik for his role in Luzerne County’s disgraceful “Kids for Cash” scandal.

May 5, 2014

Robert Mericle, a builder of for-profit youth detention centers, was sentenced to a year in prison, fined $250,000, and ordered to serve one hundred hours of community service by U.S.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Mandatory Retirement Age for Pennsylvania Judges

In a four-page opinion Tuesday, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Pennsylvania's mandatory retirement age for judges.

May 2, 2014

In a four-page opinion Tuesday, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Pennsylvania's mandatory retirement age for judges.

Traffic Court Judge Seeks to Remove Wiretap Evidence

On Monday, pre-trial hearings were held in preparation for next month’s trial of Philadelphia Traffic Court judges on federal charges related to ticket fixing and favoritism. Trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 19, 2014 in front of United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Robert E. Kelly.

April 29, 2014

On Monday, pre-trial hearings were held in preparation for next month’s trial of Philadelphia Traffic Court judges on federal charges related to ticket fixing and favoritism. Trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 19, 2014 in front of United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Robert E. Kelly.

Pennsylvania Judicial Ethics Committee Finds Anti-Nepotism Provision Not to Be Retroactive

In confidential opinions to judges with relatives working for them, the Pennsylvania Judicial Ethics Committee found the anti-nepotism provision contained in the revised Code of Judicial Conduct, which takes effect July 1, were not retroactive.

April 21, 2014

In confidential opinions to judges with relatives working for them, the Pennsylvania Judicial Ethics Committee found the anti-nepotism provision contained in the revised Code of Judicial Conduct, which takes effect July 1, were not retroactive.  The revised code, adopte

Policymakers Support Expansion of Veterans Courts

Although the signs of success are mostly anecdotal, lawmakers and judicial officials are looking to expand Pennsylvania’s special courts for veterans.

April 21,2014

Although the signs of success are mostly anecdotal, lawmakers and judicial officials are looking to expand Pennsylvania’s special courts for veterans.

Phila. DA Creates Unit to Review Wrongful-Conviction Claims

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced on Tuesday the creation of a new unit tasked to investigate ‘legitimate’ post-conviction claims of innocence.

April 17, 2014

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced on Tuesday the creation of a new unit tasked to investigate ‘legitimate’ post-conviction claims of innocence.

Pennsylvania Superior Court to Hear Orie Melvin's Appeal Next Month

Pennsylvania Superior Court sitting in Lawrence County next month will hear former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s appeal from her 2013 conviction.

April 14, 2014

Pennsylvania Superior Court sitting in Lawrence County next month will hear former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s appeal from her 2013 conviction.  Orie Melvin was criminally convicted on six counts for using

First Judicial District to Reassign Judges to Address Family Court Backlog

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently approved a recommendation to temporarily reassign judges within the First Judicial District.

April 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently approved a recommendation to temporarily reassign judges within the First Judicial District. Judges will be reassigned from the trial division to the family division, in order to deal with the current backlog of child custody cases.