Courtroom visitors at the Westmoreland County Courthouse will continue to have access to cellphones even though the devices are barred from use during court proceedings.
As counties throughout Pennsylvania have adopted new policies in the last year to confiscate and lockup up cellphones to ensure no calls or recordings can be made during court sessions, Westmoreland County officials said Wednesday there are no local plans to further tighten restrictions on those devices.
Read more in The Tribune-Review.
Six years after his conviction in the "Kids for Cash" case, one of Pennsylvania's worst corruption scandals, a disgraced judge is getting another chance to try to escape what could be a life prison sentence.
Former Luzerne County President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. will get that opportunity in September when he appears before U.S. Middle District Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg.
Read more in The Patriot-News.
Soon all judges in Pennsylvania will be required to take 12 credit hours of continuing judicial education each year, including a minimum of three hours in ethics instruction.
The recent mandate from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court marks the first time that more than 600 judges in Pennsylvania courts will be required to have ongoing legal education, similar to the 12 credit hours of training a year now required for lawyers.
Read more from Philly.com.
Fissures in the foundation can signal critical structural issues. That fact is as true for institutions as it is for real property. If the fundamentals of choosing and disciplining the individuals who serve as pillars of an institution are shaky, the institution will be vulnerable to seismic events.
Looking at Pennsylvania's judiciary, there is currently much to commend. But how can citizens have full faith in the courts if they continue to produce headlines of judicial misconduct and untoward behavior? Every new allegation suggests that something is not as structurally sound as it needs to be.
Read more from The Legal Intelligencer.
Judge Michael Barrasse to Chair the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) announced President Judge Michael J. Barrasse of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas has been unanimously chosen by the board of directors to serve as its chairman. Judge Barrasse will serve a term of two years.
Read more in The Abington Journal.
Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Thomas J. Elliott, a native of Girardville, as a member of the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania, it was announced in a press release Friday.
A senior shareholder and vice president of the Elliott Greenleaf law firm, Elliott is a former member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Read more in the Republican-Herald.
It is an issue that human resources professionals frequently face. An employee is discharged. The employee, or the employee's attorney, demands the opportunity to inspect the employee's personnel file to determine whether the file contains documentation supporting the reason for the employee's discharge. Do you, as a human resources professional, have a legal obligation to allow the former employee, or his or her representative, to review the employee's personnel file?
Read more in JD Supra.
Both Justice Sallie Mundy and Judge Dwayne Woodruff had uncontested primaries, allowing them to build their war chests for the general election.
Mundy ended the second quarter with a large cash advantage, bringing forward $250,666.25 cash on hand. Woodruff ended the quarter with $21,041.49. Part of the disparity between the two candidates came from Mundy’s raising $56,100, and bringing forward $194,566.25 from her cycle 2 report. Woodruff raised $42,815 and brought forward $26,959.67 from cycle 2.
Read more in PoliticsPA.
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A judge accused of viewing pornographic material on a computer in his chambers could face removal from office as a result.
Dozens of judges, prosecutors and other state officials were caught up in the scandal over lewd and offensive emails exchanged across state email servers in recent years, culminating in a heavily redacted report commissioned by ex-Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had legal troubles of her own.
Click here to read the full story from Penn Live.
At least five people are expected to compete for the position of interim district attorney in Philadelphia, serving out the last 5½ months of Seth Williams’ second term while Williams awaits sentencing in a federal corruption case.
Former Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto, 68, who retired from the bench March 3 after 26 years, said he has applied for the position.
Applicants have until 2 p.m. Friday to submit a letter of interest, resumé, and certificate of good standing issued by the prothonotary of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Click here for the full story from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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