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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Court data confirms: number of dependent Pennsylvania children safely remaining in their homes or with family continues to increase

Children under the supervision of Pennsylvania’s courts and child welfare system are safely remaining at home or being placed more often with family members, which   eliminates time otherwise spent in foster care, saves taxpayer dollars and reduces potential emotional trauma.    

“Safely keeping children in their homes or with relatives greatly improves their chances to succeed,” said state Supreme Court Justice Max Baer. “And our data shows we are doing that.”

 

Justice Baer is a former administrative judge of family court in Allegheny County and guides the Supreme Courts’ Office of Children and Family in the Courts.

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Elder Law Task Force delivers report with recommendations to aid Supreme Court in protecting elders from abuse and neglect

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has a plan to improve the way Pennsylvania elders interact with the court system and are protected from abuse and neglect.

The court’s 38-member Elder Law Task Force, which was appointed by the Supreme Court in 2013 and chaired by Justice Debra Todd, delivered a comprehensive 284-page report detailing 130 specific recommendations to help lay the foundation for improvements in tackling issues in the courts and by other government entities involving guardianship, elder abuse and neglect, and overall access to justice.

“If societies are judged on how they help their most vulnerable, then now is the time to craft solutions as older Pennsylvanians increasingly face life-altering, physical, emotional and financial abuses by those who take advantage of our elders,” said Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille.

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