Pennsylvania Courts Collect $483 million in 2018

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania courts collected over $483 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2018, including a record $130 million paid online through PAePay®, more than a 14 percent increase over the previous year.  PAePay® allows people to conveniently make payments via the Internet with a debit or credit card.

 

The state received $239.2 million of the total $483.4 million collected by the courts. Counties received $158.4 million and municipalities $42.6 million to support local government programs. Crime victims received a total of $39.3 million in restitution, and various entities such as airports, parking authorities and libraries, received $3.9 million. (See Financial Dashboards for more information.)

 

Over the past 10 years, the judiciary has collected nearly $4.65 billion. Most recently, the judiciary’s case management computer systems have helped the courts improve collections by:

 

  • Sharing information electronically with PennDOT for suspension of the driver’s licenses of defendants failing to pay court costs related to traffic violations;
  • Working with the Department of Revenue to recoup outstanding court-ordered obligations by intercepting tax refunds over $25, and lottery winnings over $2,500; and
  • Facilitating a statewide, collection agency contract for counties and providing case financial data directly to outside collection agencies, which are currently used by 44 counties.

 

In addition, magisterial district courts, criminal divisions of the Common Pleas Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court collect money from fees, fines, costs and restitution to help support government programs and crime victims.

Wendy Ullman endorses Dianne Magee

We are pleased to announce that State Representative, Wendy Ullman, has endorsed the candidacy of Dianne Magee for Judge of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.

 

 

“Dianne Magee is highly accomplished woman with an extensive background in elder law and community commitment with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bucks County.

I am confident she will execute her judicial responsibilities with legal acumen, compassion, and wisdom.  Bucks County needs people of her caliber as Judge of Common Pleas, and I support her candidacy.

Wendy
Wendy Ullman”

 

Open Family Master Position

Master in Family Law

 Click for job description – Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is looking to fill one Master in Family Law position.  This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.  The salary is commensurate with experience.  The ideal candidate will be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and have 3 -5 years of Family Law experience, particularly in the areas of child custody and equitable distribution.  Applicants should submit, via mail or email, a letter of interest and resume to: Stephen G. Heckman, Esquire, Court Administrator, 100 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Doylestown, PA  18901, sgheckman@buckscounty.org by close of business on Friday, March 1, 2019.

 

Bucks County Elected Officials Endorse Jordan Yeager for Judge

Doylestown, PA—February 25, 2019. Bucks County row officers have joined the growing list of state and local leaders endorsing Jordan Yeager for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County. Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson, Prothonotary Judi Reiss, Controller Neale Dougherty, and Sheriff Milt Warrell are all supporting Yeager in recognition of his experience, temperament, and deep commitment to justice for all.

 

“Jordan has fought for the people of Bucks County. He’s won landmark victories fighting for environmental rights and defended the Constitution to ensure justice for citizens of the Commonwealth. I am honored to support his candidacy for judge on the Court of Common Pleas,” said Bucks County Controller Neale Dougherty.

 

Robin Robinson, Bucks County Recorder of Deeds, voiced her support: “Jordan Yeager has the right temperament, the experience, the knowledge, and the desire to serve the people of Bucks County. Bucks County needs Jordan Yeager as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.”

 

Bucks County Prothonotary Judi Reiss stated: “To be an excellent judge, experience and temperament count. Jordan’s breadth of experience, the pursuit of justice that has marked his entire career, his absolute commitment to fairness for all, and his keen ability to listen to and hear others are some of the many reasons I enthusiastically endorse Jordan Yeager for Judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. It is an honor for me to do so.”

 

“I am running for the Court of Common Pleas to ensure justice and fairness for all. I look forward to working with these hardworking and dedicated county officials to serve all the people of Bucks County, and I very much appreciate their endorsements,” said Yeager.

 

Yeager declared his candidacy in December. In January, Yeager received endorsements from State Senators Steve Santarsiero and Maria Collett, and State Representatives Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman, and Perry Warren. Ensuring equal rights and justice for all is a main pillar of his campaign and a hallmark of 26 years of experience fighting to protect the Constitution’s guaranteed freedoms. Yeager’s 2013 landmark victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was the first case in history declaring a state law unconstitutional because it violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians.

 

You can find more information on Yeager at his campaign website: yeagerforjudge.com.

Dianne Magee Highly Recommended by the Bar Association

We are proud to announce that Dianne Magee is the highest rated Democratic Judicial Candidate for the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.  Dianne received the most total votes rated Highly Recommended and Recommended from the Bucks County Bar Association.

The full Bar Association ratings are available here:
https://bucksbar.org/judicial-candidate-questionnaires/

Dianne responded, “Thank you to the Bar Association and my legal peers on the Merit Selection Committee for their confidence in me.  If elected, I will proudly serve all of the citizens of Bucks County with honesty, integrity and compassion.”

Show that you agree with the Bar Association and Highly Recommend Dianne Magee for Judge by making a donation to her campaign today.
https://diannemageeforjudge.com/donate/

Bucks County Bar Association Members “Highly Recommend” Jordan Yeager for Common Pleas Court Judge

Doylestown, PA—February 22, 2019. The Bucks County Bar Association today released ratings of candidates for the three open seats on the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, and Jordan Yeager received the largest number of “Highly Recommended” ratings of all 6 Democratic candidates.

Yeager responded to the news saying, “I am honored to be recognized by my peers in the legal community for having the qualifications, experience, and commitment to fairness that are so important for judges. It is very gratifying to have their trust and confidence.”

Members of the Bar Association recognize that integrity, intellect, work ethic, broad experience, an open mind, and an ability to listen are essential traits for judges. A large majority voted to “Recommend” and “Highly Recommend” Jordan for a seat on the Court.

Yeager, a partner at the Doylestown and Yardley based law firm Curtin & Heefner LLP declared his candidacy in December. Ensuring equal rights and justice for all is a main pillar of his campaign and a hallmark of his 26 years of experience fighting to protect the Constitution’s guaranteed freedoms. Yeager’s 2013 landmark victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was the first case in history declaring a state law unconstitutional because it violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians.

You can find more information on Yeager at his campaign website: yeagerforjudge.com.

Williams Family Law Now Offering Mediation Services

Doylestown, PA – Bucks County law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is now offering customized mediation services in divorce and custody cases through attorney Lynelle A. Gleason, who received accreditation through the Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia.

 

Mediation is a confidential process where the mediator does not take sides, but instead serves as a neutral third party to ensure both sides in a dispute have a voice and together reach a mutually-agreeable solution. Topics that may be effectively addressed by mediation include parenting arrangements, property division, alimony/spousal support, taxes, equitable distribution and other financial concerns.

 

“Mediation can often be less time consuming and less expensive than going to court,” said Williams Family Law founder Jeffrey M. Williams. “We have found that couples who are able to communicate and are willing to work together really benefit from this personalized approach. When that happens, the divorce process is significantly less stressful, because each party is empowered to be part of the solution.”

 

Lynelle Gleason, recognized for her work in Family Law in the 2019 edition of “Best Lawyers,” handles a variety of family law matters, including divorce, child support, alimony, spousal support, equitable distribution and child custody. She is also experienced in estate law, such as the drafting of wills and trusts, and the administration of estates. She is a member of the Attorney Psychologist Group, a select group of child custody evaluators and domestic relations attorneys that focuses on best practices regarding important child custody issues such as the use of a psychologist and therapist during the family law process.

 

Williams Family Law is a premier family law firm that provides individuals with matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal matters. The family law attorneys also provide guidance and representation in alternative dispute resolution forums, handling mediation, arbitration and custody dispute resolution. The practice at Williams Family Law centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. The firm prides itself on leadership within the profession and a strong record of success. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.

Inaugural Philadelphia Bar Association Law Firm Risk Management CLE Scheduled for March 20, 2019

Date and time: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm; Registration and lunch begins at 12:00 noon. To register, go to https://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CLE

Location: Philadelphia Bar Association

Details: Law firm crisis expert and chair of the chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s new Law Firm Risk Management Committee, Gina Rubel, will present a two-hour CLE, Not If, But When: Planning For The Crisis That Will Strike Your Law Firm. Law firms of all sizes will benefit from this program which addresses important law firm practice management issues.

Rubel says, “In life and business, reputation is everything. It only takes one misstep to cause irreparable damage to a law firm and its attorneys. And it’s not if, but when because life happens, mistakes happen and crises happen to law firms of all sizes and areas of practice.”

 

In this program, Rubel will address:

  • Potential crisis situations which can cause serious damage to the firm’s reputation and revenue.
  • The elements needed for a viable crisis communications plan
  • Working through the six stages of a crisis: scenario-style
  • Things the firm can do to manage its reputation before, during and after a crisis

 

An attorney and law firm PR expert, Rubel leads Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., an agency supporting law firm growth through integrated legal marketing, public relations, reputation management, and content marketing. She regularly is called upon by law firm leaders for high-stakes public relations, media training, crisis planning, and incident-response support, including high profile litigation media relations. In addition, she is listed among Lawdragon’s top 100 consultants and strategists to the legal profession, worldwide.

 

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Firm Risk Management Committee is responsible for advising the organization’s members on preparation and management of law firm risks including cybersecurity, behavioral health, mergers and acquisitions, lawsuits, natural disasters, workplace violence and the myriad issues facing law firms and their clients today.

 

Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. is an integrated and strategic law firm marketing, public relations and crisis management agency in the Philadelphia market. The certified woman-owned agency provides strategic planning, marketing, public relations, crisis management, trial publicity, business development, content marketing, and social media services to law firms nationwide. For more information, visit www.furiarubel.com.

Pa IOLTA Board 2018 Annual Report

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

 

The Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board is pleased to share its 2018 Annual Report. Please distribute to your members as appropriate.

 

Since the inception of the Pennsylvania IOLTA program, we have been committed to supporting the delivery of free civil legal aid to low-income Pennsylvanians. In support of our mission, the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board makes annual grants to more than thirty legal aid organizations and each of Pennsylvania’s nine law schools. The full list of grantees begins on page 13.

 

Of special interest to the legal community, the IOLTA Board’s new Unclaimed and Unidentifiable Funds Program is featured on page 8. Additional information about the program may be found on our website at www.paiolta.org/unclaimed-funds/.

 

Thanks to volunteers from the private bar, legal aid is able to accept more clients and change more lives for the better. A special note of appreciation is due to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation for its exceptional administration of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. At a time when increasingly high levels of student loan debt make a commitment to public service extremely difficult, the LRAP makes it possible for legal aid organizations to retain the best and brightest attorneys.

 

Going forward, we will continue to seek out creative and cost efficient partnerships across the legal community that will maximize the impact of our grants. We look forward to exploring ways to continue to support our bar association partners in meeting our shared goal of equal access to justice for all.

 

If you have any questions about the work of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board, please do not hesitate to contact me at Stephanie.Libhart@pacourts.us or 717-238-2001.

 

Sincerely,

Stephanie

 

Stephanie S. Libhart

Executive Director

Pennsylvania IOLTA Board

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

717-238-2002

Stephanie.Libhart@pacourts.us

www.paiolta.org