All courts shall be open; and every man for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law, without sale, denial or delay. – Pennsylvania Constitution

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Treatment Courts Eyed as Weapon in War on Drugs

Court representatives address House committee
Court representatives address House committee

State lawmakers looking for ways to curb drug-related crime heard representatives of the Pennsylvania court system offer possible solutions.

A panel of judges, administrators and former offenders explained how a shift over the last decade in the way some drug defendants are handled in the courts has produced promising results for communities and individuals. More than 50 people were on hand at the state Capitol to hear the presentation to the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on crime and corrections.

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Chief Justice Castille Asks Lawyers to Support Access to Justice for All

During his final year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is making his last formal plea to lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.

In a letter to Pennsylvania’s approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice joined with Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) President Forest N. Myers in calling on attorneys to make a personal commitment to provide pro bono service. The reminder of their ethical duty to provide public service is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and PBA.

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