News

  • October 20, 2016 - Harrisburg: The Commission and Executive Director Lisette McCormick presented its program “Pathway to a More Inclusive Bench” during the PBA Diversity Summit. More >>
  • October 14, 2016 - Philadelphia: Executive Director Lisette McCormick spoke on Judicial Diversity in Pennsylvania at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The presentation was part of a program sponsored by the American Constitution Society and Penn Law, in association with the publication of the Society’s new report, The Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgement on State Courts? Read the full report here.
  • October 12, 2016: The GLBT Rights Committee was joined by Anthony Kreis, one of the authors of a new report from Lambda Legal entitled Justice Out of Balance: An Empirical Examination of Support for LGBT Rights Claims in State High Courts, to discuss some issues that GLBT Americans face in bringing cases in various state courts. Read the full Lambda Legal report here.

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - The Commission’s Committee on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking Stakeholders’ Meeting in Pittsburgh.
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 - The full Commission will hold its Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 - The full Commission will hold its Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg
  • Thursday, June 8, 2017 - The full Commission will hold its Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 - The full Commission will hold its Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg

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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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