News

  • March  25, 2015 - We are now on Twitter!  Follow us at @PaComFairness3
  • March 24, 2015 - Enola, PA -  Executive Director Lisette McCormick attended the Pennsylvania Alliance Against Trafficking in Human – Route 15 Project (“PAATH 15”) meeting in Enola, PA. The YWCA Greater Harrisburg, along with three partnering rape crisis centers  and 4 regional task forces, have formed PAATH 15 - a human trafficking response team that will provide victim services and community education through 12 counties along the Route 15 corridor in Pennsylvania. More information | PAATH on Facebook
  • March 10, 2015 - The Commission welcomes Senator Judith Schwank of Reading, PA  to the Commission.  Senator Schwank was appointed to a two-year term by Senator Jay Costa on March 10, 2015. Read more

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Upcoming Events

  • May 6, 2015 - Pittsburgh - The ACBA Diversity Collaborative will host a unique program on the special challenges facing women of color in the legal profession.  While many women continue to confront obstacles in their effort to advance and succeed in the legal profession, women attorneys of color face a unique double-bind of both race and gender.  Read more
  • May 20, 2015 - Philadelphia - The Pathway to a More Inclusive Bench - This program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.  It will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Read more
  • June 3, 2015 - A meeting of the full Commission will be held in Harrisburg, PA.

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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