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Lancaster Deals with Unused Juror Problem

Lancaster’s Intelligencer-Journal reports that its county courts are streamlining their jury selection system, hoping to improve on a state-worst juror use rate which left 66% of jurors unused at trial after they reported for duty in 2010.

March 14, 2012

Smartphones, Social Media Wreaking Havoc on Modern Juries

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the serious disruptive effects of modern cellular communication technology and social media on contemporary juries.

March 8, 2012

Merit Selection Discussed on Public Radio

Essential Public Radio 90.5 hosted a discussion over the weekend about the Merit Selection bills (HB 1815 and 1816) currently pending in the Pennsylvania legislature.

March 7, 2012

Essential Public Radio 90.5 hosted a discussion over the weekend about the Merit Selection bills (HB 1815 and 1816) currently pending in the Penns

Traffic Court Judge Resigns Position, Faces Misconduct Charges

Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie F. Singletary, who was suspended last December for showing naked photos of himself to a Traffic Court cashier, recently resigned his position and now faces charges before Pennsylvania’s Judicial Conduct Board.

March 7, 2012

Philadelphia Courts Unveil New Policy on Flawed Forfeiture Collections

In response to complaints that Philadelphia residents are receiving erroneously-issued forfeiture collection notices for unpaid court fees between 1971 and 2006, the First Judicial District in Philadelphia has announced that it will stop requiring these defendants to pay a $12.50 petition fee to appeal their determinations.

March 5, 2012

In response to complaints that Philadelphia residents are receiving erroneously-issued forfeiture collection notices for unpaid court fees between 1971 and 2006, the First Judicial District in Philadelphia has announced that it will stop requiring these defendants to pay a $12.50 petition fee to appeal their determinations.&nbs

Philadelphia Newspapers Call for Merit Selection

In the wake of Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings on Merit Selection for the appellate courts, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News have each published editorials calling for Merit Selection.

March 5, 2012

In the wake of Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings on Merit Selection for the appellate courts, the Philadelphia Inquirer and

Inquirer On-line Poll Asks if it's Time For Merit Selection

Following today's pro-Merit Selection editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer is a poll asking whether it's time for Merit Selection. We hope you will vote YES.

March 2, 2012

Following today’s Philadelphia Inquirer pro-Merit Selection editorial, is an on-line SAy What Poll asking whether it’s time to change to Merit Selection. (You have to scroll to the bottom of the page).

Groups Ask PA House Judiciary Committee for Merit Selection

Members from Pennsylvania House’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony yesterday from a wide spectrum of organizations on bills introducing a Merit Selection system for appellate judges, as supporters provided evidence in the form of statistics and personal experiences to demonstrate the proposed system's advantages over the current system of partisan elections.

March 2, 2012

Members from Pennsylvania House’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony yesterday from a wide spectrum of organizations on bills introducing a Merit Selection system for appellate judges, as supporters provided evidence in the form of statistics and personal experiences to demo

PRESS RELEASE: House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Merit Selection of Judges in Philadelphia Today

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today on legislation to replace the partisan election of appellate judges with a Merit Selection system. The hearing will take place from 1:30 to-3:30 pm at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia.

March 1, 2012

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today on legislation to replace the partisan election of appellate judges with a Merit Selection system. The hearing will take place from 1:30 to-3:30 pm at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia.

Public Hearing on Merit Selection in Pennsylvania

A Public Hearing on Merit Selection bills HB 1815 and 1816 will be held by the PA House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 1st from 1:30-3:30 pm, at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

Februrary 28, 2012

A Public Hearing on Merit Selection bills HB 1815 and 1816 will be held by the PA House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 1st from 1:30-3:30 pm, at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia.  Please consider attending.