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The Judicial Branch
09/23/2020
The Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch

Students will learn about the federal and state courts and what they do. They will explore the courts’ role in fairly settling disputes and administering justice, and the unique role of the U.S. Supreme Court in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.Check out this quick video on the Judicial Branch o...

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
09/21/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

“The VTF has always been an important funding resource for organizations that help Pennsylvania #veterans and their families, but this year while we work through the fallout from the pandemic this program is more important than ever before,” said Gov. Wolf. “Without the VTF, Pennsylvania’s heroes would be at risk of not having shelter, an outlet for getting food, the ability to learn a job skill, help navigating our criminal justice system and so much more.”

Learn more about Pennsylvania's Veterans' Trust Fund at www.vtf.pa.gov.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
09/21/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

On roads divided by a painted line, traffic must stop in both directions when a school bus is loading or unloading. More school bus safety tips ➡️ http://bit.ly/PASchoolBusSafety

National Association for Court Management
09/21/2020

National Association for Court Management

Register for this weeks virtual education sessions at https://buff.ly/3iwl9P8

September 24, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Pre-Recorded
Core Competency: Educational Development-Part A: Virtual Education- What You Need to Know
Dana Bartocci
Margaret Allen
Juli Edwards-McDaniel

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Pre-Recorded
Core Competency: Educational Development – Part B: Training the Next Generation of Case Management
Jarrett Perlow
Kenneth Sheain

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SIG: Access to Justice in the Pandemic
*Limited to 25 participants*

National Center for State Courts
09/21/2020

National Center for State Courts

During our next RRT webinar on Wednesday, September 23 at 1 pm ET, we'll hear from judges, a guardian & an attorney who help manage guardianship cases. They'll discuss how to monitor these sorts of cases; how to decide on virtual vs. in-person hearings; and outline best practices in virtual hearings in such cases. Register here: http://ow.ly/RaUv50BtZUc

American Bar Association
09/21/2020
American Bar Association

American Bar Association

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, was previously denied a clerkship with the very same Court upon her graduation from law school because Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter was uncomfortable with the thought of having a female in his chambers.

Years later, Justice Ginsburg shared with her law clerks that this experience caused her to become interested in the role of women in the eyes of the law. Explore the life and legacy of the “Notorious R.B.G.”

Pennsylvania Department of Aging
09/21/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Support for Kinship Families

Kinship families are grandparents, relatives or close family friends who step in to raise children when their parents are not able to care for them. This is often a difficult time for all and finding support and resources is crucial.

The newly released KinConnector website helps kinship care families understand and access resources that are available to help them.

The new KinConnector website can be found by visiting www.kinconnector.org.

Statements from the U.S. Supreme Court Regarding the Death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
09/21/2020
Press Releases

Statements from the U.S. Supreme Court Regarding the Death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today's PA Supreme Court afternoon argument session is being live-streamed and can be watched here.
09/16/2020
September 16, 2020 Supreme Court Afternoon Session

Today's PA Supreme Court afternoon argument session is being live-streamed and can be watched here.

12 EAP 2020 - Gussom, R., Aplt. v. Teagle, M. 44 & 45 EAP 2019 - Chester Water Auth, Aplt. v. PA. DCED Recording during this oral argument by videoconference...

09/15/2020
Voices of Reform: Tim W.

Tim is a combat veteran who served his country honorably. When he came home, he struggled to re-engage as a civilian. Learn how a Pennsylvania veterans treatment court saved his life and gave him a path to continue his service helping other veterans. We salute him this #NationalRecoveryMonth.

Tim is a combat veteran who served his country honorably. When he came home, he struggled to re-engage as a civilian. Learn how a veterans treatment court sa...

Mental Health Resources for Pennsylvanians
09/15/2020
Mental Health Resources for Pennsylvanians

Mental Health Resources for Pennsylvanians

Your mental health matters. Use this guide to find resources in Pennsylvania. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 911.

09/11/2020
Office of Victim Advocate
09/11/2020

Office of Victim Advocate

This week, the PA Senate approved a bill sponsored by Senator Langerholc that would allow expert witnesses in cases of domestic violence and human trafficking.

Senate Bill 1170 amends the Judicial Code to permit the Commonwealth to call expert witnesses in court cases involving domestic violence and human trafficking in order to provide a clearer picture of the crime, how it impacts victims, and the effects of trauma. (Expert witnesses can already be called for cases of sexual violence.)

“These types of expert witnesses have been crucial to helping jurors understand the tremendous trauma that a sexual assault can have on a victim and how that trauma can affect their behavior and their overall health,” Langerholc said.

“This is a big win for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. This week, the Senate told these survivors that their experiences and their trauma matters, and that they deserve to understood and represented thoroughly,” shared PA Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm.

In the last 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died from domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania. In 2019, 112 victims lost their lives to domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

“The Office of Victim Advocate wholeheartedly supports this measure and encourages swift signing,” said Storm.

National Center for State Courts
09/09/2020

National Center for State Courts

Here are 12 steps to tackle backlogs in your #family court docket: http://ow.ly/Xniu50BaSQs #RRTResource #COVIDandtheCourts

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
09/09/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

It's National Recovery Month! Join us all month as we reinforce the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

List of events: bit.ly/2020recoverymonth

"Researchers at UPenn’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice concluded that a mental health court wou...
09/04/2020
Mental health court would benefit Bucks County, mentally ill defendants, report says

"Researchers at UPenn’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice concluded that a mental health court would provide a pathway for treatment and recovery, aim to reduce the recidivism rates and improve the quality of life for participants."

More than 20 Pennsylvania counties have mental health courts, which keep people with persistent mental illness out of the criminal justice system.

09/04/2020
Justice For Vets

Justice For Vets

For years, Allison Janney has been an incredible champion for treatment courts. This September, to honor National Recovery Month, she wanted to share a special message of support and encouragement. Check it out and then head to twitter to thank her at @AllisonBJanney

"As of two weeks ago, people in Allegheny County like Mr. Allen who are in jeopardy of losing their homes to foreclosure...
09/03/2020
In a court meant to stave off foreclosures, hearings move to phones, video. And they may stay that way.

"As of two weeks ago, people in Allegheny County like Mr. Allen who are in jeopardy of losing their homes to foreclosure have a system in place to remotely attend conferences with their mortgage lenders by using any communication device available, be it the latest iPhone or an old-fashioned landline."

Richard Allen appeared before an Allegheny County judge last week to ask for more time to save his Penn Hills home from foreclosure. His request was granted....

09/02/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
08/31/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

When a school bus is loading or unloading at an intersection, all traffic must stop. This is true even when the intersection is not marked with a stop sign. Learn more at http://bit.ly/PASchoolBusSafety.

08/24/2020
#DYK - In Pennsylvania, there was a 32% increase in school-zone traffic violations from 2018-2019.Pennsylvania Departmen...
08/20/2020

#DYK - In Pennsylvania, there was a 32% increase in school-zone traffic violations from 2018-2019.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

08/20/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Do you know how to properly stop for school buses? Before the school year begins, review the laws and safety tips at http://bit.ly/PASchoolBusSafety. #BeSafePA

If convicted, the penalty for violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law include: a $250 fine, five points on your driving record, and a 60-day license suspension.

08/17/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
08/11/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Happy Sons and Daughters Day! Did you know Pennsylvania has more than 2,500 children who are waiting to be adopted by their forever family?

Interested in foster care or adoption in Pennsylvania? Learn more at http://adoptpakids.org, or call our helpline at 1-800-585-7926 for more information.

08/07/2020
Bar Exam Dates

Recent reporting has incorrectly referenced the dates for this year's rescheduled Pa bar exam.

To clarify, the exam will be held remotely on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 as noted on the PA Board of Law Examiners website-

Dates of upcoming bar examinations

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
08/03/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

There are misconceptions around child abuse and we’re sharing some facts:

👫 Abusers can be any household member over the age of 14, either male or female.
🏘 Child abuse can happen anywhere regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or religion.
☎️ Child abuse doesn’t always mean physical abuse. There are different forms of abuse, and all can be reported to ChildLine.

If you suspect child abuse, report it 24/7 to Childline: 1-800-932-0313

ALL RISE
08/02/2020
ALL RISE

ALL RISE

How a Pennsylvania treatment court helped this semi-pro football player go from homeless and addicted to life in recovery, playing the sport he loves.

“'I’m the old man on the team,' said Updyke, who lines up at both center and linebacker. 'I told them I wanted to be the equipment manager, but they wouldn’t let me.' Instead, they named him a captain – an unexpected honor for a guy who was down to 165 pounds just a few years earlier."

Susquehanna Service Dogs
07/29/2020

Susquehanna Service Dogs

We celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) #ADA30 anniversary for many reasons including laying the foundation for deinstitutionalization for people with intellectual disabilities in the United States, advocating for community supports, and helping to create the road-map towards inclusive education.

The history of the independent living movement, which was a key component of the ADA's creation, includes the training of service dogs to assist children and adults with disability. Each dog is individually trained based on their partner's needs..

To learn more about how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to service animals. visit https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html.

Image credit: ADA National Network (adata.org)

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To judges on the supreme court. You cannot change election laws. Do not mess with our election. The count should be on Nov. 3. Uphold our constitutional rights.
The supreme court of pa is working for the democrats as far as allowing the mail in votes to be accounted after Tuesday. If trump wins, then the mail in after will be stuff with phoney ballots. Not constitutional. Shame on you.
Gm, please give me, bill coseby a chance to be released back to his wife and family God is good I pray he be release this year 2020 from min warren
Tell your Supreme Court justices.... We'll ALL be watching this one CLOSELY. Don't think for a second they'll be allowed to just sit in Wolf's back pocket and allow him to be a dictator any further. Title 35 is clear. The legislature's CO-EQUAL Power is clear. They absolutely have the right to end the disaster declaration of the Governor. HR836 has every right and expectation to be enforced. We also expect the governor to be held accountable for his delay of signing the executive order ending this as well, not just told he must sign it. THE PUBLIC IS WATCHING. The political party of the justices must be irrelevant to this. There is zero place for that here nor should there ever be. This is about following statutory LAW!
We the citizens of PA will not allow this governor to do an end around the statutes of PA and ignore his statutory obligation to end the emergency declaration in PA due to the passage of HR836. The legislature passed a concurrent resolution. The governor does in which he does not have the right to veto. The language around the emergency declaration is clear. "The governor SHALL sign an executive order ending the state of emergency." Not questionable language. This is not a bill being sent to his desk. The legislature has the power to end this by a concurrent resolution, period. If the state Supreme Court decides to take this up early next week, we expect HR836 to be enforced as it should have been at the beginning as required by law. This belongs in the lower court as Wolf has a pending case. Please ensure your justices understand and do what's right here by the law and either enforce HR836, or allow the lower court to handle the case as they should be. We are all watching. Thank you.
We the citizens of PA will not allow this governor to do an end around the statutes of PA and ignore his statutory obligation to end the emergency declaration in PA due to the passage of HR836. The legislature passed a concurrent resolution. The governor does in which he does not have the right to veto. The language around the emergency declaration is clear. "The governor SHALL sign an executive order ending the state of emergency." Not questionable language. This is not a bill being sent to his desk. The legislature has the power to end this by a concurrent resolution, period. If the state Supreme Court decides to take this up early next week, we expect HR836 to be enforced as it should have been at the beginning as required by law. This belongs in the lower court as Wolf has a pending case. Please ensure your justices understand and do what's right here by the law and either enforce HR836, or allow the lower court to handle the case as they should be. Thank you.
We have been awaiting our ability to initiate probate action regarding the death of a parent that occurred March 24 2020. How do I find out when the relevant Allegheny County court will re-open?
Why can Allegheny county cancel jury duty for next week, but Judge Motto cant???❓
Where is the Court Order published? Also, it was difficult to find the news release. The Court Order should be on the Home Page. Thank you. John Silvestri, PA ID 21479
§ 1. Unified judicial system. The judicial power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a unified judicial system consisting of the Supreme Court, the Superior Court, the Commonwealth Court, courts of common pleas, community courts, municipal courts in the City of Philadelphia, such other courts as may be provided by law and justices of the peace. All courts and justices of the peace and their jurisdiction shall be in this unified judicial system. (Apr. 26, 2016, 2015 P.L.607, J.R.2)
"Rigged" Election in Lancaster County on November 5, 2019. Also, Housing Rules are ILLEGAL against Disabled People speaking about 3x Rent Rule when even Non-Disabled People in skilled positions don't make that much. and the word 'Potential" has to come into play for My Facts & Rights.
Give me a break women bring it on them self start trouble then cry im calling the cops or call the police or put pfa some one just cause they are a women and the piece of sh*t judge believe s them .yea sit there thinking there better than any body .system need to change to make sure theses types of women get put in there place period