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

  • September 19, 2014

    On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced changes to the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for Magisterial District Judges (MDJs).

  • September 19, 2014

    A group of 52 jurors who failed to report for jury duty twice, were summoned to appear in Juror Scofflaw Court before Judge Jeffrey Minehart.

  • September 12, 2014

    On September 11, 2014, Judge Dwight K. Shaner, a magisterial district judge in Fayette County, PA from 1986 to 2013, was charged with perjury, a third degree felony, and obstruction of law or other governmental function, a second degree misdemeanor. Judge Shaner retired at the end of 2013 in compliance with the mandatory judicial retirement provisions of the Pennsylvania constitution.

  • September 10, 2014

    A Community Accountability Program, which helps low-level, nonviolent offenders avoid a criminal record has successfully launched in Bucks County. It utilizes alternative forms of prosecution as means for these first time, low-level offenders to atone for their offenses. The program consists a panels of local volunteers to hear cases and recommend sanctions.

 

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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