Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews

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Location: 1601 Cherry Street Three Parkway - Suite 1320 Philadelphia PA 19102 USA

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania has fair and impartial courts that serve all Pennsylvanians.
Results: Most recently, we released our Report and Recommendations on Improving Pennsylvania's Judicial Discipline Process.
Target demographics: All Pennsylvanians
Direct beneficiaries per year: Court users
Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania
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(215) 569-1150
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Rating: 5 stars  

The information I get from from PMC is up to date and very informative!

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Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts may be primarily known for it advocacy for merit selection of judges. Lesser is known for its many other important activities, such as:

1. Participation in continuing legal education programs related to judicial independence and ethics
2. Involvement in a challenge to federal campaign finance laws
3. Efforts to improve the jury system, increase the number and diversity of citizens reporting for jury duty, and enhance the juror experience.
4. Advocacy for a new Family Court facility in Philadelphia.

The the above are only some of PMC's activities to increase public faith in our judicial system.

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when I spent a full day at the jury selection.

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encourage others to support it.

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Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts advocates for the integrity of our judicial system and increases public awareness of this important issue. They do it in a way that helps the public understand the complexity of such a critical issue -- as well as the results of a non-merit based selection system. I echo the sentiments of prior-commenter Dave -- the Luzerne County court scandal sheds light on the need for system for reform. PMC is leading the charge.

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Becoming an informed member of the public via PMC advocacy efforts.

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Support their work in Harrisburg to bring about reform. Increase their funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts cares about the integrity of our justice system. They advocate on behalf of all Pa citizens in working to keeep our judiciary fair and balanced. It's abuot understanding and embracing the judicial branch of government for fairness and equality for all.

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As a member of the legal community, it is important that the public understands how the judiciary is elected

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Get them on television more so that the general public could truly understand their role in judicial elections and appointments

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is important for the public to be properly educated on this subject. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts provides a balanced, well thought out position for those of us who need to be kept informed on this matter.

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By reading their editorials and information

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I would give them a greater voice

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Rating: 5 stars  

PMC is educating the public on the ramifications of an elected judiciary and is effectively promoting a solution where the public has a voice but the objectivity of judges is not called into question. Between their insightful posts on their blog, their position papers and their involvement in the community, the leadership of PMC is educating all of us on what are the consequences of electing judges and what are the possibilities for a fair and impartial judiciary.

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Reading their materials and getting educated.

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Raise their visibility even more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a former co-op student, intern, and public interest fellow with Pennsylvanians For Modern Courts, and I recently accepted a position with a national judicial policy group. With a small staff and limited resources, PMC educates and informs the public on a number of important issues about judges, judicial selection, and the court system. They do great work on topics that are important to the Pennsylvania judiciary, and the staff is extremely dedicated to their work.

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They've worked with state legislators to design bills calling for judicial selection reform, and made excellent recommendations for reform to the disciplinary procedures for Pennsylania's judges.

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Find additional sources of funding or this valuable work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had worked for PMC for years and have always respected the organization for its hard work, determination, and social justice focus. PMC is so passionate about the judicial causes it champions, which is amazing. I know the staff and organization work so hard to make the judicial system better, and they do make it better. I am proud to have worked for PMC and to still know the organization and its staff. They do so much for Pennsylvania and stay so well informed, educated, and positive in bettering the judicial process/system.

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that I directly worked with the staff and people who encountered the benefits of the organization. It was amazing to see the judicial system in such a light and be a part of working to reform things.

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ask people to give PMC more funding. It does so much with the little resources it does have.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at PMC are Pennsylvania's foremost advocates for court reform. They are so passionate about what they do, and as Sarah H. mentioned, they accomplish so much with so little. Judicial reform is, unfortunately, a pretty unglamorous issue to most citizens around the state, which is sad considering what a huge impact the court has on our daily lives. PMC works hard every day to bring this issue to life for the average Pennsylvanian.

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They have single-handedly driven the conversation about judicial reform in Pennsylvania for years.

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Give them a bigger budget!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Given the recent judicial scandal in Luzerne County, it's vital that we in Pennsylvania work to reform our courts and PMC has been a voice for change. PMC advocates for merit selection, making courts more accountable, improving access to the court and a host of other court-related issues. They do important work and we can only hope that those in Harrisburg take heed of what PMC is saying.


I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning more about our state court system.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the organization, if possible.

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