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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Thomas G. Saylor becomes 56th Chief Justice of Pennsylvania

Thomas G. Saylor of Camp Hill was inducted as Pennsylvania’s 56th chief justice of the Supreme Court. As chief justice, he becomes the administrative head of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System.

Chief Justice Saylor is the first chief justice from southcentral Pennsylvania in a century, the last being Chief Justice J. Hay Brown of Lancaster who assumed office in January 1915.

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Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts surpass century mark

Pennsylvania now has more than 100 problem-solving courts across the Commonwealth — and counting.

During the first few days of January, Cambria and Northampton counties each launched a mental health court and Erie County began a veterans court. The three joined 98 existing problem-solving courts across the Commonwealth. Other counties have programs in the discussion or planning stages.

Problem-solving courts divert nonviolent offenders from jail if they comply with treatment requirements and other fixed benchmarks developed by the programs

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