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Western District of Pennsylvania Introduces Pilot Program for Expedited Litigation

Cindy Pham
On August 30th, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania introduced a new Pilot Program designed to expedite civil cases filed in that district. Modeled loosely on the Northern District of California's program, the Pennsylvania District's Pilot Program is aimed at relatively simple civil cases...

Pennsylvania: Preliminary hearing in the case against Justice Joan Orie Melvin began July 30

Alli Gerkman
The preliminary hearing in the criminal case against Justice Joan Orie Melvin began on July 30. Melvin faces charges that she violated state law by using court staff to assist in her 2003 and 2009 supreme court campaigns. Two staffers testified that they were uncomfortable with the political work they were asked to do...

Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Committee Tabled a Measure Calling for Merit Selection

Alli Gerkman
The house judiciary committee tabled by a 13-12 vote a measure calling for merit selection of the state’s appellate judges, and it is unlikely that it will come up again before the legislature’s summer recess. Supporters credit trial lawyers and anti-abortion activists who oppose the measure with blocking its...

Pennsylvania: Governor nominates 6 as judges, ignoring request for delay

Alli Gerkman
Although Chief Justice Castille requested in early May that Governor Corbett hold off making any judicial appointments until 2013 for budget reasons, Corbett announced six nominees for county and municipal court vacancies . Several days earlier, the governor had nominated his chief of staff to another judicial vacancy.