Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts with confidence that they will be heard by qualified, fair, and impartial judges. PMC functions as a court watchdog. We identify and speak out on issues that impact the public's confidence in our courts, and then we work proactively, constructively, and cooperatively to reform and modernize the judiciary. We serve as a highly respected information hub for the public, policymakers, the legal community, the courts, and the media. We are a champion of the elimination of bias in Pennsylvania’s courts in all its forms.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts works to achieve its mission through three main areas of focus: Civic Education and Engagement, Equal Access to Justice, and Judicial Modernization and Reform.
Community Education & Engagement
A crucial part of PMC's mission is to serve as an information hub for the public, policymakers, the legal community, the courts and the media, and we are highly respected in that role. PMC responds to hundreds of inquiries from court users, including witnesses, litigants and jurors, seeking resources necessary to navigate our complicated and often confusing judicial system.
Equal Access to Justice
Eliminating bias in Pennsylvania's courts is a core component of PMC's mission. PMC was a leader in the Access to Justice Movement in Pennsylvania, working with a coalition of organizations and policymakers accross the state to increase visibility of the issue and needed reforms in the justice system and in collaboration with civil and legal communites to improve the jury process and experience.
Judicial Modernization & Reform
Merit Selection is the judicial selection system that best ensures that qualified individuals will reach the bench without the problematic influence of money on the selection process.