News

  • October 4, 2019 - Harrisburg: Executive Director McCormick will serve as a panelist on “Best Practices Regarding Batson Challenges and other Jury Diversity Issues” during the PBA Minority Attorney Conference.
  • August 22, 2019 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director McCormick will conduct a presentation on “Cultural Competence/and Implicit Bias in the Justice System” at Duquesne University Law School’s Orientation Program for incoming first-year law students.
  • June 7, 2019 - Harrisburg: Executive Director McCormick conducted a presentation on ‘Implicit Bias in the Criminal Justice System” at the PBI Criminal Justice Symposium.
  • June 3, 2019: the Interbranch Commission submitted Comments to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Evidence in support of the Committee’s proposal to add a new comment to Rule 401 of the PA Rules of Evidence, indicating that evidence of a person’s immigration status, among other characteristics, is irrelevant and inadmissible.
  • May 20, 2019 - Miami, Florida: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Courts, Executive Director McCormick presented the Pennsylvania State Report on Racial and Ethnic Fairness Initiatives at the Annual Conference of the National Consortium for Racial and Ethnic Fairness
  • May 16-17, 2019: On behalf of the Civil and Equal Rights Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), Executive Director McCormick presented a Resolution to the PBA’s House of Delegates and Board of Governors. More >>
  • April 4-5, 2019 - Philadelphia: Executive Director Lisette McCormick moderated a panel presentation on “Protecting Your Non-Citizen Clients’ Rights in the Courtroom” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) Civil Rights Symposium.

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Upcoming Events

  • September 19, 2019 - Harrisburg: The Interbranch Commission will hold its 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.

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