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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

Winter Storms Causing Scheduling Problems for Pennsylvania Courts

This winter’s staggered snow and ice storms are causing a logistical nightmare for courts across Pennsylvania.

March 5, 2014

This winter’s staggered snow and ice storms are causing a logistical nightmare for courts across Pennsylvania.  The season’s barrage of inclement weather has caused numerous court closings, delayed openings, and postponed proceedings in jurisdict

Judge Anne E. Lazarus Elected Chairwoman of Judicial Conduct Board

Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, has been unanimously elected as the new chair of the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board.

March 4, 2014

Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, has been unanimously elected as the new chair of the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. She will replace outgoing chairman James E. McErlane, who served in the position since 2012.

New Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct Rule Bars Judges From Hearing Major Donors' Cases

In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the adoption of a revised Code of Judicial Conduct which will go into effect July of this year.

March 3, 2014

In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the adoption of a revised Code of Judicial Conduct which will go into effect July of this year.  One major area affected by the revised rules revolves around campaign contributions to judicial candidates.  Under the new

Legal Documents Now Come in Six New Languages in Philadelphia Courts

Life is now a little bit easier for non-english speakers in Philadelphia courts.

February 28, 2014

Life is now a little bit easier for non-english speakers in Philadelphia courts. This month, the Philadelphia court system released six new translations of some of its most frequently used documents, in Family Court and Municipal Court. The documents were translated into: Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Online Payments Help Pennsylvania Courts Collect and Distribute Over $455 million in 2013

Pennsylvania Courts collected a record $62 million from online payments in 2013.

February 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Courts collected a record $62 million from online payments in 2013. This record total contributed to the over $455 million that Pennsylvania courts collected and distributed in the same year. The online payments were facilitated through the Pennsylvania court system’s PAePay application, which allows defendants to conveniently make online payments using a debit or credit card.

New Hearing Officers Hired to Traffic Division

Five new hearing officers have been hired to adjudicate cases in the Traffic Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court starting this summer.

February 24, 2014

Five new hearing officers have been hired to adjudicate cases in the Traffic Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court starting this summer.  Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court during the i

Help May Be on the Way for Indigent Defendants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s City Council recently approved legislation that would affect the city’s plan to establish a conflict counsel entity to represent indigent defendants.

February 24, 2014

Philadelphia’s City Council recently approved legislation that would affect the city’s plan to establish a conflict counsel entity to represent indigent defendants.

Family Court to Be Transformed into Luxury Hotel

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced this week that 1801 Vine Street, the current location of the Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will be transformed into a luxury Kimpton Hotel.

February 20, 2014

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced this week that 1801 Vine Street, the current location of the Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will be transformed into a luxury

FJD Leader Aims to Increase Accessibility, Transparency

First Judicial District Court President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has begun initiatives to increase transparency and improve access to court resources.

February 20, 2014

First Judicial District Court President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has begun initiatives to increase transparency and improve access to court resources