Members of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hold Local Forum to Recognize The Supreme Court at 300
December 09, 2022
Focused on educating the public about the work and role of the courts, members of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today gathered in Tioga County for a panel discussion as part the continued recognition of the Court’s 300th anniversary.
On behalf of the Court, Justice Sallie Mundy conceptualized today’s panel discussion as a way to bring the Court to the community.
“The work and opinions of this court impact residents in all corners of Pennsylvania,” Supreme Court Justice Sallie Mundy said. Through these public forums, we’re giving an opportunity for residents to meet the Court in the parts of the state where they call home, rather than just watching argument on tv or reading about a case in the news.
“By giving people, especially children and law students the chance to learn more and understand how the Court operates, we’re opening the door to new discussions and laying a foundation for the next generation of professionals and jurists.”
Justice Mundy was joined on today’s panel by Justice Emeritus Tom Saylor, Justices Kevin Dougherty and Kevin Brobson as well as Geoff Moulton, state court administrator and Terry Sachs, counsel to the Court.
Today’s panel discussion is being presented in three parts and will cover the Court’s history, contributions to the legal system, relationship between state and federal courts and the increased use of specialty courts and new initiatives focused on providing access to justice for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.
The event which is open to the public in the historic Tioga County Courthouse, is also being streamed live as an opportunity for law schools and school districts statewide to bring the courts into their classrooms:
Pa Courts YouTube -- https://youtu.be/bBHCRZW7EXQ
Pa Courts Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniacourts
Created by the Judiciary Act of 1722, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the oldest appellate court in North America, predating even the Supreme Court of the United States by nearly 70 years and for which it served as a model as the federal appellate court was established.
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