More News

Further Cuts to Court Budget Possible

Funding for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the First Judicial District, and the District Attorney’s Office may be on the chopping block if Philadelphia is forced to make further cuts in order to balance the budget.

August 10, 2012

Jury Commissioners Appeal to Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners has appealed the decision of the Commonwealth Court granting counties the right to abolish the elected jury commissioner positions.

August 9, 2012

Attorneys Seeking Separate Trials for Orie Sisters

Attorneys for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin are seeking separate trials for the justice and her sister, Janine Orie.

August 9, 2012

Judge Leadbetter on the Judicial Election Process

Former Commonwealth Court President Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter recently expressed her support for the appointive process in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s quarterly publication, the Philadelphia Lawyer.

August 7, 2012

Former Commonwealth Court President Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter recently answered ten questions in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s quarterly publication, the Philadelphia Lawyer.  She was asked, “As a judge who was first appointed and then elected and retained to Commonwealth Court, do you believe that Pennsylvania should continue to elect judges?”&n

Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania Issues 2011 Annual Report

On August 6, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania issued its 2011 Annual Report. The Board received 711 complaints during 2011.

August 7, 2012

PCN to Broadcast Redistricting Arguments

An August 6 media advisory from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced that the Pennsylvania Cable Network will televise the oral arguments on the state’s redistricting plan.

August 6, 2012

An August 6 media advisory from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced that the Pennsylvania Cable Network will televise the oral arguments on the state’s redistricting plan. The proceedings will be broadcast live. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m.

Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties to Reduce Number of Senior Judges

According to an article in the Legal Intelligencer (subscription required), both Allegheny and Philadelphia counties will be reducing the number of active senior judges by the same number of judges recently confirmed to fill vacancies in Allegheny and Philadelphia.

August 6, 2012

According to an article in the Legal Intelligencer (subscription required), both Allegheny and Philadelphia counties will be reducing the number of active senior judges by the same number of judges recently confirmed to fill vacancies in Allegheny and Philadelphia.

Justice Orie Melvin to Stand Trial for Seven Counts

Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s preliminary hearing ended yesterday. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, she will stand trial for 7 counts.

August 1, 2012

Justice Joan Orie Melvin's Preliminary Hearing

State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s preliminary hearing before District Judge James Hanley in Pittsburgh Municipal Court started yesterday.

July 31, 2012

National Center for State Courts' Survey of Judicial Salaries for 2012

Every year, the National Center for State Courts (“NCSC”) compiles a national survey of judicial compensation.

July 27, 2012