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Philadelphia Family Court Judge Kevin M. Dougherty named Administrative Judge of Trial Division

A supervisory judge whose 10-year career on the bench has been distinguished by his service to strengthening Pennsylvania children and families will manage the Philadelphia court system’s trial division.

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille announced today that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Philadelphia Judge Kevin M. Dougherty to the post of administrative judge of the trial division of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District (FJD).

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Pennsylvania Courts reduce backlog of civil cases by 19 percent

A two-year data review by Pennsylvania’s courts has reduced the backlog of civil cases by 19 percent and has required that all civil cases in Pennsylvania courts be addressed and disposed of in a timely manner.

 

The overall guideline is that most civil cases should be disposed of within two years of filing as recommended by the American Bar Association, unless the case is highly complex or there are extenuating circumstances.

 

“Too many civil cases had been on the docket for too long,” said Chief Justice Castille. “Some of that was due to certain court rules that made it difficult for inactive cases to be purged, some of it was due to lack of a case management system that could help staff understand the gravity of how many very old cases were lingering on the docket and some was due to local culture that allowed attorneys to dictate the pace of litigation, not the court and its judicial officers.”

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