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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  • July 29, 2015

    Philadelphia Common Please Judge Paul Panepinto has announced that he has collected the required number of signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot as an independent in the race for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

  • 7/28/2015

    Comfort dogs—animals who, unlike traditional service dogs, are trained to provide emotional support--were first used during World War II to help soldiers recover from the trauma of battle. Now, they’re being used to help children navigate a different sort of battlefield: dependency court.

  • July 27, 2015

    U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced former Philadelphia Traffic Court Administrative Judge Fortunato Perri to two years probation after pleading guilty in 2013 to charges related to ticket fixing and “consideration” in Philadelphia Traffic Court.

  • July 27, 2015

    Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Robert Jennings III was indicted last week on charges relating to his demands that constables working in his court donate to his 2009 campaign for re-election.

 

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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