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Melvin’s Bench Peer Not Required to Testify

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning ruled that State Supreme Court Justice Max Baer, Common Pleas Judge Kevin G. Sasinoski and four court administrators will not have to testify at Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s hearing on July 30.

July 26, 2012

Hawaii State Judiciary Requests Public Feedback on the Courtroom Experience

The Hawaii State Judiciary has created a way to receive user feedback, a 15-minute anonymous online survey.

July 26, 2012

The Hawaii State Judiciary has created a way to receive user feedback, a 15-minute anonymous online survey.  This is part of Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald’s October, 2011 creation of the Judiciary Strategic Planning Committee.  The Committee is tasked with “envision[ing] the role and ope

The Court of Judicial Discipline Sanctions 2 Magisterial District Judges

The Judicial Conduct Board issued 2 press releases today, regarding Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold and former Magisterial District Judge Ross C. Cioppa.

July 25, 2012

The Judicial Conduct Board issued 2 press releases today. 
 

Court Brings Reform to Parking Authority

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reported on an order from Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker changing the process for determining the legitimacy of Philadelphia parking tickets.

July 19, 2012

 

Orie Melvin Recusal Request Denied

According to the Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order denying a petition from Justice Joan Orie Melvin for the recusal of entire Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas from hearing the criminal case against her.

July 17, 2012

PMC Points Out Difference Between Complaining about Judicial Behavior and Complaing About Judicial Rulings

Last week, the Fraternal Order of Police in Pittsburgh announced a new complaint procedure for addressing concerns about magisterial district judges. In a letter to the editor, PMC explains the critical difference between complaining about a judge's demeanor and behavior in court and his/her judicial rulings.

July 14, 2012

Last week, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Fraternal Order of Police in Pittsburgh announced a new complaint procedure for addressing concerns about magisterial district judges.

New Website Provides Access to "Cases of Important Public Interest"

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (“APOC”) launched a new website to make state Superior Court “cases of important public interest” accessible online.

July 11, 2012

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (“APOC”) launched a new website to make state Superior Court “cases of important public interest” accessible online.  This effort to increas

"Judge-itis" Hurts Integrity of Judicial System

A column in the PA Law Weekly by legal ethics expert Samuel C. Stretton argues that “judge-itis” or “black robe disease” undermines the integrity of the judicial system by eroding the mutual trust between lawyers, litigants, and judges.

July 10, 2012

A column in the PA Law Weekly by legal ethics expert Samuel C.

Report on Lackawanna County Guardian Ad Litem System Released

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts released its report on the Lackawanna County court guardian ad litem program.

July 10, 2012

Pennsylvanians are Sending a Message

Democratic committeeperson, Karen Bojar, says that the least enjoyable part of her job is recommending judicial candidates.

July 6, 2012

Democratic committeeperson, Karen Bojar, says that the least enjoyable part of her job is recommending judicial candidates.