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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Administration of Justice, Crime & Law, Government & Public Administration

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

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC is a fantastic organization that advocates for the most important issues that you probably haven't considered. State courts play a pivotal role in everyone's daily lives, and PMC is working tirelessly to make those courts better. The staff is dedicated to the mission. Nothing speaks more highly of this organization than the retention rate of volunteers. Once you walk through the doors at PMC, you are a member of the family...for life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a fantastic organization and I am lucky to be a part of it. Their single minded focus on issues of access to justice and fair courts has made a real impact in Pennsylvania.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC provides the public with important and current updates on the PA court system. My experiences with PMC have taught me so much about the PA judicial system and what it takes to succeed as a non profit. Its mission, fair and impartial courts, is a goal that all should strive to achieve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a lot of respect for PMC’s tireless work on reforming the judicial selection process in Pennsylvania. PMC has an exceptionally dedicated staff, and they work very hard to ensure that not partisan politics but candidate’s qualifications guide who is entrusted with serving on the bench. One can especially appreciate how important PMC’s advocacy of merit selection is in light of a recent Supreme Court decision in Caperton v. Massey that stressed that judicial election campaign contributions can create appearance of partiality – “a serious risk of actual bias.” PMC’s work on improving the judicial discipline system, on eliminating bias from the court system, on educating the public about using Pennsylvania courts, and on the jury system is equally important.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC is a great tool for people to understand and effectively use Pennsylvania's courts. In addition, they are a great watchdog for the state and are extremely effective at disseminating and keeping the public informed about court justice.

Heather A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC offers accessible, timely information about the state of judicial elections in Pennsylvania, as well as workable solutions to address its flaws. I particularly recommend its website and knowledgeable staff as resources for questions about reforming judicial elections and improving jury participation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.


Sarah H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMC consistently amazes me because they are able to do so much with so little. Resources are limited and the staff is small. Yet their results are impressive. They look at all issues related to court reform: from judicial selection based on merit to improving our jury system to addressing bias in the courts to judicial discipline concerns.