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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What's New

  • October 30, 2014

    Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, convicted last year on public corruption charges, has dropped the appeal of her sentence and submitted a draft of the apology letter she is required to send to judges in the state as part of that sentence.

  • October 27, 2014

    Embattled Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has announced his intention to retire, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Justice McCaffery reportedly informed friends and family this morning and sent a letter to Governor Corbett announcing his intention to retire.

  • October 24, 2014

    After a grand jury investigation, former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge Thomasine Tynes has been charged with bribery, conspiracy, and conflict of interest.

  • October 21, 2014

    We commend the Supreme Court for taking swift action in turning the case over to the JCB, the constitutionally created body that deals with judicial discipline in Pennsylvania.


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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