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Appearance of Nepotism Weakens System

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported on April 21, 2012 that jury room supervisor Lindsay Hildenbrand recently received a raise of approximately 11 percent. The raise comes nearly four months after Hildenbrand was promoted from her positio

Disciplinary Complaint Filed Against Former District Judge

Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board filed a formal disciplinary complaint on Friday against former Allegheny County Magisterial District Judge Ross C. Cioppa.

No Contempt if Voluntarily Surrender

Certain criminal defendants have received a brief respite from the new First Judicial District fugitive rules. For the first two weeks of the program, criminal defendants who surrender voluntarily on bench warrants will not face contempt proceedings. Defendants who are involuntarily picked up, however, will face potential contempt proceedings immediately.

Pennsylvanians Deserve the Facts

The Sunday Currents Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer features a letter to the editor (scroll to the bottom) from PMC.

Philly Courts Crack Down on “No-Show” Defendants

Responding to a “toxic culture” of fugitive defendants and missed court appearances, Philadelphia’s courts are pinning their hopes on a new strategy of private bail and harsher consequences for violators.

PMC Submits Comments on Proposed “Smartphone” Ban in Courts

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts has submitted comments on the PA Criminal Procedural Rules Committee’s proposed rule changes regarding the use of personal communications device

New Philadelphia Family Courthouse Expected to Open in 2014

The Legal Intelligencer's blog reports that the new courthouse for Philadelphia’s family court should open by the summer of 2014.

Keystone Progress Releases Report on Philadelphia Courts

Keystone Progress, a Pennsylvania liberal advocacy group, released a positive report on the state of the First Judicial District courts.