In some sense, all of our efforts at PMC are intended to ensure access to justice.
Ensuring that judges are selected based on merit and not on how much money they can raise from individuals who will appear before them creates greater access to justice for average citizens.
Ensuring that every citizen in the state has the same understanding of the judicial system and the knowledge to navigate it levels the playing field and creates greater access to justice. As PMC in the Community™ programming evolves, we hope to foster a stronger bond between communities and the courts.
Increasing participation on juries and doing everything possible to ensure a diverse jury pool so that everyone may have a jury of his or her peers creates greater access to justice. With regard to ensuring greater diversity in the judiciary and on juries, PMC is:
Continuing to advocate for racial, geographic and experiential diversity in the state’s judiciary and its jury pools;
Advocating for a juror donation program, a type of hardship fund, to supplement the income of jurors whose employers do not provide compensation for time served on a jury;
Exploring partnerships to provide reliable transportation options for jurors in need.
PMC also supports, partners and highlights the important work of other organizations do in amplifying this critical need.
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