Judicial Independence Benefit 2021

Help PMC honor Robert C. Heim: PMC Board Chair, revered attorney, U.S. Navy veteran, and steadfast advocate for judicial independence.

Stop Judicial Redistricting; Protect the Independence of Our Judiciary

In the 2019 - 2020 legislative session, the PA General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment that would empower our state legislature to create judicial districts for Pennsylvania's higher courts. If the amendment passes again in the new legislative session, it could go to a public vote as soon as the 2021 primary election. This amendment would undermine constitutional checks and balances among our branches of state government, destroy judicial independence in PA, and politicize the courts. 

Equal Access to Justice for All

As confidence in so many of our government institutions and agencies is crumbling, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts continues to believe that the judiciary can serve as the bulwark against despair in our democratic experiment. We remain ever committed to a Pennsylvania judicial system in which everyone who participates is assured impartiality, fairness, accessibility and respect. We recognize that there is important work to be done to make this version of the judicial system a reality and pledge to continue to work for an equitable justice system where everyone, regardless of race, color, sex, gender, religion, or disability, can expect full protection under the law. To achieve our vision, we will continue to work tirelessly to educate all Pennsylvanians about how to navigate our courts with confidence, and we vigorously advocate for judicial reforms that promote the rule of law, access to justice, and an inclusive and highly qualified judiciary.

 

It's time to change how judges get their jobs

In this op-ed, PMC's Board Chair, Robert Heim, and former PA Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ronald Castille, discuss the negative effects of judicial elections - especially the regional election system proposed in HB 38 - and the need for an appointive merit selection system. 

COVID-19 Updates

Amid the spread of COVID-19, PMC is postponing a number of upcoming programs and events, in order to protect the health and safety of everyone we serve. We have also provided a link to information about changes to court procedures in each county.

We work to support an ethical, fair, and independent judiciary in Pennsylvania

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Advocate for Fair Courts

Judicial selection is too important at this critical time in our country's history to give in or give up. With your help, we will be successful.
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Learn about the PA's Courts

When it comes to our courts, knowledge is power. PMC has developed a number of self-help resources to familiarize Pennsylvanians with the courts.
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The first step in making our courts fair is making them accessible to all. Learn more about our judiciary, or provide people with the tools they need to navigate the court system.

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