The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Alumni Auditorium on the Widener University campus in the city of Chester.
The special session offers an opportunity for Widener students — as well as members of the public — to learn about the service of the judiciary to all Pennsylvanians.
Serving on the special session panel are Judges Jack A. Panella, Alice Beck Dubow, and James J. Fitzgerald. Judge Panella maintains chambers in Northampton County, while Judges Dubow and Fitzgerald maintain chambers in Philadelphia.
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The Supreme Court has approved a new public access policy for case records filed in and maintained by the appellate and trial courts. The policy's adoption marks the Court's continued commitment to making case records open and accessible to the public while safeguarding sensitive, private information contained in those records. The policy becomes effective January 6, 2018, allowing a one-year implementation period for the courts, lawyers and court users to prepare for the transition.
The Court's policy, explanatory report, and a chart entitled Limits on Public Access to the Unified Judicial System of Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts (listing restrictions imposed by existing legal authority) are available on the UJS website.
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Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Jack Panella has stepped down as chief judge of the state's Court of Judicial Discipline ahead of his four-year term on that court ending in September.
Panella, a Palmer Township resident, gave up the post, which he held for more than a year, because his tenure was nearly over and the court had a scheduled meeting at which the change could be made, he said Thursday morning.
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