PMC’s founders were motivated to create a new organization by a 1988 report from the Pennsylvania Judicial Reform Commission.
Governor Robert Casey (right) commissioned this blue-ribbon panel of civic leaders, public officials, legal professionals, and members of the judiciary. PMC Treasurer, and then a Judge on Pennsylvania's Superior Court, Judge Phyllis W. Beck chaired the committee.
This, combined with several scandals in the late 1980s involving Pennsylvania judges, led our founders to determine that a non-profit, non-partisan organization was needed to fill the vacuum of judicial oversight and be a herald for judicial ethics.
Since, PMC has vigorously advocated for a number of judicial reforms—the merit selection of appellate judges the most noteworthy among them. PMC continues to push to select competent jurists based on merit, rather than through partisan political elections, an effort supported by Pennsylvania's five most recent governors.
In addition to ongoing work as court monitors, advocates, engaging and educating communities on court processes and procedures, jury education, and equal access to justice.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts with confidence that they will be heard by qualified, fair, and impartial judges