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Pennsylvania Record covers PA Merit Selection Hearing

The Pennsylvania Record has reported on the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee's Merit Selection hearing earlier this month.

March 19, 2012

The Pennsylvania Record has reported on the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Merit Selection hearing earlier this month.

NY Times Editorial Praises Effort to Implement Merit Selection in PA

An editorial in the New York Times entitled "No Way To Choose A Judge" urges Merit Selection as a good solution for Pennsylvania.

March 16, 2012

An editorial in the New York Times entitled "No Way To Choose A Judge" urges Merit Selection as a good solution for Pennsylvania.  The editorial recounts recent judicial election news in Alabama and the ongoing investigation into the us

Testimony from 2012 PA Merit Selection Hearing Now Available

A report on the March 1, 2012 hearing of the PA House Judiciary Committee in Philadelphia is now available online.

March 15, 2012

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).