QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURTS:
PMC Listens™ Helpline, reachable at (267) 834-5256 is a dedicated voice mail box, where callers can request information about court processes and procedures as well as report any barriers they may feel are impeding their participation. A guaranteed response will be delivered within 24 hours, providing personalized assistance by a team of trained volunteer law students, lawyers, and other interested community members. These volunteers will not provide legal advice and will refer callers to other resources, when necessary.
As PMC looks to the next 30 years, it will take all of us to build a more just, more engaged citizenry and stronger judiciary.
Making it easier to learn about who is running for judge.
Every two years (on the odd number year) Pennsylvania voters are asked to fill judicial vancancies from local courts all the way up to the state supreme court at the ballot box. Most voters show up at the polls on Election Day and have no idea who is running for judge. This website provides a tool for voters to understand who is running, and who they should choose to serve them on the bench.
Pa. Courts http://www.pacourts.us
The Supreme Court is aided by select boards, committees, commissions and councils consisting of more than 180 appointed volunteers — most, but not all, are lawyers and judges.
The panels have a wide range of responsibilities and functions. Some make recommendations to the court for amendments, revisions or simplification of court procedural rules. Others regulate the practice of law, oversee continuing legal education for lawyers and administer funds to assist individuals unable to pay for legal services. Still others advise on keeping the courts free of bias and discrimination and on long-range planning.
How to Get Involved
The Supreme Court welcomes interest from members of the public in serving on its advisory boards and independent agencies within the judiciary. The Supreme Court is committed to ensuring diversity in its appointments. While most positions require legal training and experience, there are positions designated for non-attorneys as well. For attorney positions, the Court ordinarily considers applicants with at least seven years of relevant experience. Available positions are featured in the chart below and are updated at the beginning of each month as vacancies occur. The number of vacancies per year varies, but usually there are about 20. Mid-term vacancies will be posted. Click on the committee, board or commission to learn more about it. http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/committees/
Philadelphia Judicial Telephone Directory http://www.philacourts.us/directory/cp/default.aspx?page=3
Human Rights Coalition http://www.hrccoalition.org
The Prison Society https://www.prisonsociety.org
Up Against The Law Legal Collective http://www.upagainstthelaw.org
Need assistance with a pardon? Wayne Jacobs, Co-Founder and Executive Director of X-Offenders for Community Empowerment is hosting a workshop to get you started with the pardon application. Mr. Jacobs hosts his clinic at 2227 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 every 2nd Monday from 6-7pm. For more details, please call 215-668-8477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participatory Defense Hubs
Philadelphia’s participatory defense hubs use a process-oriented model to prepare and empower people navigating the criminal justice system and offer community support to help clients achieve just outcomes. In 2018, the city’s first three participatory defense hubs began hosting weekly meetings. The hubs help clients achieve better outcomes in coordination with attorneys and informed, engaged volunteers.
Participatory defense received national acclaim in 2018. Raj Jayadev, creator of program who currently works with the Defender Association as a Stoneleigh fellow, received a MacArthur Genius fellowship to expand participatory defense to cities across the nation. Jayadev believes Philadelphia’s efforts to create a community of hubs will serve as a national model.
The work of Philly’s participatory defense hubs is supported by the Malinda R. Farrow Fund of the Philadelphia Foundationand the
R.K. Mellon Family Foundation.
For information on how you or your organization can support this important work,
contact Kavita Goyal: email@example.com
Best Outcomes Hub
Tuesdays: 5:30-8:00 PM
Mothers in Charge
520 Delaware Ave #302
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Info: (215) 228-1718