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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Daniel A. Cirucci
Phone: (215) 238-6340
The resolution expresses support for increased public accountability about funding and resources allocation in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. It also supports increased funding, personnel and resources; the provision of assistance and information for pro se litigants; improved facilities, security, scheduling and timeliness; and the fulfillment of the constitutional mandate of open court.
Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project, told the Board the resolution follows several years of work by many interested parties. Earlier this year the Women's Law Project published its findings and recommendations in a report titled Justice in the Domestic Relations Division of Family Court: A Report to the Community. The report is available on the group's web site.
"The administration we're working with in Family Court is the most responsive we've worked with," Tracy told the Board, adding that the Court is dealing with significant under-funding and inadequate facilities and security. "There are people working very hard in Family Court," Tracy told the Association's governing body. "They just don't have the resources they need." Tracy said it was important to receive the Association's support for the report's major recommendations.
The resolution supports: