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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.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Nocella Appeal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nocella’s appeal of the decision by the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline (CJD) to permanently bar him from holding judicial office within the state. 

March 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nocella’s appeal of the decision by the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline (CJD) to per

Cambria County Officials Face Possible Court-Related Cutbacks

Cambria County’s steady and continuous decline in its population over the last half-century has officials concerned over how it will impact the ability of their courts to function.

March 12, 2014

Cambria County’s steady and continuous decline in its population over the last half-century has officials concerned over how it will impact the ability of their courts to function.  The 2010 census, listed Cambria County’s population at just under 144,000 and has the county facing a downgrade i

Counties are supporting e-storage of documents

A bill introduced in 2013 aimed at upgrading county storage of court records is back in the spotlight.

March 11, 2014

A bill introduced in 2013 aimed at upgrading county storage of court records is back in the spotlight.

Increased Security Incidents Reported in 2013 Due to Improved Electronic Reporting System

A recent Pennsylvania state court report shows the number of security incidents in courtrooms across the state rose from 75 in 2009 to 238 in 2013.

March 10, 2014

A recent Pennsylvania state court report shows the number of security incidents in courtrooms across the state rose from 75 in 2009 to 238 in 2013. Similarly, the report showed an increase in the number of security incidents in magisterial district courts, rising from 130 in 2010 to 160 in 2013.

Court Revenue Key to Municipal Budgets

Municipalities across the Commonwealth depend on court revenue as additional income to support daily government functions.

March 10, 2014

Municipalities, across the Commonwealth, depend on court revenue as additional income to support daily government functions. However this support can be shaky, as court revenue is generally unpredictable.

Proposed Mental Health System in Northampton County

Earlier this year, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli advocated for the creation of a mental health court aimed at improving the lives of the mentally ill in Northampton County, while unclogging the judicial system from repeat offenders.

March 6, 2014

Earlier this year, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli advocated for the creation of a mental health court aimed at improving the lives of the mentally ill in Northampton County, while unclogging the judicial system from repeat offenders.  Under his proposal,  m