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PMC Announces Press Event with Reps. Cutler and Sims to Announce Merit Selection Push

PMC is proud to join Reps. Bryan Cutler and Brian Sims: Cutler and Sims in pushing for changes to how PA selects statewide judges.

November 8, 2013

PMC is proud to join Reps. Bryan Cutler and Brian Sims: Cutler and Sims in pushing for changes to how PA selects statewide judges.

WHAT: Reps. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster County) and Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) will introduce legislation introducing a merit based system for naming statewide judges.

PA Superior Court Stays Apology Writing Portion of Joan Orie Melvin's Sentence

The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an order on November 6 staying the apology portion of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's criminal sentence.

November 7, 2013

Judical Election Results

Judicial election results from around Pennsylvania.

November 6, 2013

Full coverage of the judicial election results is available at

Judicial Elections: Nov. 5

On Tuesday, November 5, Pennsylvanians will go to the polls and vote for judges. Below are links to recent media coverage of the election and the judicial candidates.

November 5, 2013

On Tuesday, November 5, Pennsylvanians will go to the polls and vote for judges. Below are links to recent media coverage of the election and the judicial candidates. For more information check out PMC's Judicial Election Page. DISCLAIMER: PMC does not endorse any candidates for election or retention.

Back Pay Ordered for Indicted Traffic Court Judge

In an October 25 decision, Pennsylvania's Court of Judicial Discipline ordered that former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry be suspended with pay.

October 30, 2013

In an October 25

Chief Justice Castille Wants 1 More Year Running Court

There is some debate surrounding the retention election of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille.

October 30, 2013

PMC Executive Director: Why Merit Selection is Better than Elections

Lynn Marks, Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, recently appeared on WITF’s “Smart Talk” radio program to discuss why Pennsylvania should pick judges through merit selection.

October 25, 2013

Lynn Marks, Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, recently appeared on WITF’s “

The Case for Merit Selection

An editorial in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal points out the craziness of the judicial selection system in Pennsylvania.

October 24, 2013

PA Supreme Court OK's Jury Commissioner Elimination

In an opinion released on October 18, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined that the law allowing counties to abolish jury commissioner offices is constitutional.

October 24, 2013

Chief Justice Castille Invited to Meeting of Largest Funder of Civil Legal Aid for Low-Income Americans

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille participated in a forum of court leaders from neighboring states to discuss how courts are dealing with the gap between the need for legal services and the courts' ability to meet those needs.

October 22, 2013