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Around the world, the idea that a judge could be elected seems rather perplexing. Typically, most nations utilize an appointment system that is akin to the procedures used in selecting federal judges in the United States.

With the Support of the Pittsburgh Foundation, PMC has created a handbook to guide landlords and tenants through conflicts. In creating the handbook, we found that there were few existing resources that provide this information. Therefore, our Handbook on Rules and Procedures for Landlord-Tenant

Through PMC Shares™, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts goes into communities to hold workshops on a variety of court-related issues. The first step in increasing access to justice is helping people understand how the courts function.

This workshop on Court Basics was held at Chestnut Hill

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts 30th Anniversary Gala - Keynote Address

Judge Timothy K. Lewis - October 25, 2018

It's an honor to be here for the 30th anniversary of PMC.

As Maida noted recently, it's take three decades of hard work and coalition-building to arrive at the precipice of a

What kinds of cases will I hear as a juror?

Jurors hear either criminal or civil cases.

In criminal cases, a district attorney acting on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania prosecutes a case against an individual or an entity accused of a crime. The district attorney is also referred to as

Philadelphia Bail Watch Report

Findings and Recommendations based on 611 Bail Hearings

Presented by the Philadelphia Bail Fund & Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

October 15, 2018

The Philadelphia Bail Fund and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts launched Philadelphia Bail Watch in April

All of Pennsylvania's courts are part of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. There are three basic levels to the Pennsylvania Court System: minor courts, Courts of Common Pleas, and statewide intermediate appellate courts, which are called the Commonwealth Court and the Superior Court. The

Federal courts only hear two types of cases. The rest must be heard in state courts.

  1. Cases involving federal law
  2. Both Plaintiff and Defendant are from different states AND the case is for more than $75,000

United States District Courts

The United States District Courts are the lowest level

What is the difference between state court and federal court?

Pennsylvania's state courts decide cases involving child custody, divorce, most crimes, contract disputes, and traffic violations just to name a few! These courts can also hear cases that are appeals from state or local agencies.

The jury system must be preserved if our American justice system is to thrive. The whole notion of a jury a group of randomly selected citizen decision makers is a reflection of our communal trust in democracy. It embodies our historic reluctance to centralize power in any one source. The jury