About PMC

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to ensure that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts for justice with confidence that the most qualified, fair, and impartial judges will preside over their cases. Read More>>

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  • November 24, 2014

    PMC Executive Director Lynn Marks will discuss the current state of the Pennyslvania Supreme Court following the scandals of the last month Nov. 24th at 7pm on CNN-WFMZ-TV. She will be joined by professor Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, former Pennsylvania U.S. District Chief Judge Edward Cahn and The Legal's editor-in-chief, Hank Grezlak.

  • November 21, 2014

    Wendy Beetlestone, an attorney at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, was confirmed by voice vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday and will join the bench in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia.

  • November 14, 2014

    The Judicial Conduct Board (JCB) filed formal charges against Magisterial District Judge Robert Jennings III today, alleging seven counts of judicial misconduct. The allegations include violations of the magisterial district judge’s standards of conduct and of the Pennsylvania constitution.

  • November 14, 2014

    Five judges from the Washington County Court of Common Pleas noted in a news release yesterday that they reached out for the PA Supreme Court for help in relieving President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca of her administrative duties.

 

Using the Courts

Being in court can be confusing and overwhelming. PMC provides information and resources to help you better understand and navigate the court system.
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Choosing Judges

Only the most qualified individuals – based on legal skill, experience, temperament and reputation for fairness, impartiality and independence – should become judges. The process of selecting judges is extremely important in ensuring that such people reach the bench. PMC works to bring Pennsylvania a judicial selection system that can achieve this goal.
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The Jury System

The jury is the cornerstone of the American Justice System. PMC works to keep the jury system strong, by increasing the numbers of citizens who serve, expanding the diversity of our jury pools and working with the courts to make jury duty a satisfying experience.
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Eliminating Bias

Bias in the justice system remains a persistent problem. PMC works with local, state and national partners to eliminate all forms of bias from our courts.
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