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Bill Pays for Lawyers to Help Pennsylvania Poor

Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill to help provide criminal defense lawyers to the poor by establishing the Pennsylvania Center for Effective Indigent Defense Legal Representation.

April 9, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill to help provide criminal defense lawyers to the poor by establishing the Pennsylvania Center for Effective Indigent Defense Legal Representation.

What Does McCutcheon Mean For Judicial Races

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), striking down aggregate limits on contributions to political candidates and party committees.

April 8, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), striking down aggregate limits on contributions to political candidates and party committees. Although the focus of this ruling was on federal election law, it has serious implications of state campaigns as well, particularly state judicial campaigns.

Greene County Courthouse Implements New Security Measures

The Greene County Courthouse has implemented new full-time security measures to help curb incidents of violence.

April 7, 2014

The Greene County Courthouse has implemented new full-time security measures to help curb incidents of violence.  Having recognized a need for increased security, the courthouse security committee developed a plan to make security measures previously in place for high-profile trials permanent.  

Chief Justice Castille Asks Lawyers to Support Access to Justice for All

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille made a formal plea to Pennsylvania lawyers to “support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.”

April 4, 2014

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D.

Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Establish Center for Effective Defense Legal Representation

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing in Harrisburg to discuss Senate Bill 979, which would establish the Pennsylvania Center for Effective Indigent Defense Legal Representation. 

April 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing in Harrisburg to discuss Sena

Two New Judges Confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania

Northampton County Judge Edward Smith and Gerald A. McHugh Jr., two nominees for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, were confirmed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate.

March 28, 2014

Northampton County Judge Edward Smith and Gerald A. McHugh Jr., two nominees for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, were confirmed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate.

PA Supreme Court justice, wife sue Inquirer

Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife, Lise Rapaport, are suing The Philadelphia Inquirer for defamation.

March 27, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife, Lise Rapaport, are suing The Philadelphia Inquirer for defamation.

Interbranch Commission on Fairness Releases New Report: Creating a Diverse Bench

The Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness recently released a report entitled: Creating a Diverse Bench.

March 27, 2014

The Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness recently released a report entitled: Creating a Diverse Bench. The report is intended to serve as a guidebook for individuals looking to become a judge and individuals looking to improve the diversity of Pennsylvania's courts.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ends Litigation Over Lawyers’ Pay in Death Penalty Cases

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, dismissed litigation on Friday, to reform the way Philadelphia reimburses lawyers appointed to defend indigent clients facing the death penalty.

March 25, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, dismissed litigation on Friday, to reform the way Philadelphia reimburses lawyers appointed to defend indigent clients facing the death penalty. The litigation was based on a petition filed by the Philadelphia based Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, which called for the court to address funding issues for lawyers appointed to capital cases.

Update: Philadelphia Court System to Address Low Juror Turnout With 'Scofflaw Court'

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge John. W. Herron has announced the planned return of ‘scofflaw courts’ for the Philadelphia court system.

March 17, 2014

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge John W. Herron has announced the planned return of ‘scofflaw courts’ for the Philadelphia court system.