News

  • February 18, 2020 - Pittsburgh: The Commission released a public statement condemning the racially-derogatory remarks Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark V. Tranquilli allegedly made to the prosecutor and defense attorney following an acquittal of an African-American defendant in a criminal drug prosecution. He berated the prosecutor for not striking from the jury a young African-American woman, whom her referred to as “Aunt Jemima”, and stated that after completion of her jury service, she would return home to her “baby daddy” who is “probably slinging heroin too.” The full public statement may be found here.
  • February 18, 2020 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director McCormick received the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania.

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  • March 19, 2020 - Harrisburg: The Commission will hold its next Quarterly Meeting.

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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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