News

  • September 19, 2019 - Harrisburg: The Commission’s Quarterly Meeting took place. Mark Bergstrom, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, and Dr. Randal Pinkett and Pete York of BCT Partners provided presentations on risk assessment tools.
  • October 3, 2019 - Philadelphia: Executive Director McCormick spoke at the PBA Minority Attorney Conference on jury diversity and use of Batson challenges.
  • October 23, 2019 - Harrisburg: The Commission held a meeting with its Work Group on Implicit Bias Training for Law School Faculty and Students.
  • October 24, 2019 - Hershey: Executive Director McCormick presented on sexual harassment training for the PACLE Board and CLE providers.
  • November 1, 2019 - Bedford Springs: Executive Director McCormick attended the PBA Women in the Profession retreat focused on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

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Upcoming Events

  • February 21, 2020 - Washington, PA: Executive Director McCormick will present a training on sexual harassment for the Washington County Bar Association.
  • March 19, 2020 - Harrisburg: The Commission will hold its next Quarterly Meeting.

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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.

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