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Upcoming Events

  • July 18, 2017 - Executive Director Lisette McCormick will speak as part of a panel presentation on implicit bias during the PBI’s Civil Rights Symposium.
  • September 14, 2017 - The Commission will hold its quarterly meeting in Harrisburg.
  • October 16, 2017 - The Commission is co-sponsoring a special event in honor of Retired Judge Doris Smith-Ribner, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. The program, entitled “Trailblazers from Allegheny County: Honoring Judge Doris Smith-Ribner and Her Contributions to the Legal Profession,” will feature presentations on the intersection of race and gender and the special challenges facing women of color in the legal profession.

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The Interbranch Commission implements recommendations from the Report of The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in The Justice System. View the Report

Welcome

Established in January 2005, the 24-member Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness is responsible for addressing inequities and securing fairness and equal justice in Pennsylvania's court system. 

There is a variety of information on this site, ranging from our reports on subjects such as the availability of interpreter services in administrative agency proceedings and improving courthouse safety in domestic violence cases, to a blueprint for how to diversify a county court system or a private law firm.  You can also download Pamphlets offering suggestions for judges and lawyers on how to avoid biased conduct in a courtroom and safety tips for victims of domestic.  One of our most significant achievements, the Supreme Court's Policy on Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity, is available on the site as well, along with complaint procedures for violations of the policy. 

This site is designed to appeal to a wide range of users, including judges and other members of the legal community who wish to replicate the best practices offered in reports, as well as members of the public, and in particular, our diverse communities, who are entitled to know about our efforts to promote equity in Pennsylvania's justice system.

We hope that our website provides you with the information you seek and we urge you to contact us with questions or suggestions for how we can help to make the courts more responsive to the needs of all of the Commonwealth's residents.

Learn more about the Commission | Download the Supreme Court Committee Report