Following is a listing of judicial action for the week of November 26. Members of the General Assembly are set to begin the new legislative session January 1, 2013.
The Allegheny County Commission on Juvenile Justice issued a report that scrutinizes the county’s juvenile justice practices and analyzes how they compare to recommendations made in the 2010 final report of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice (ICJJ), which investigated the juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County, according to a statement from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
The commission was chaired by Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, who presides over juvenile and family matters in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Woodruff also served on the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission.Woodruff said one of the most significant immediate results of the commission’s report recommendations was a unanimous decision by family and juvenile judges to voluntarily complete 12 hours of continuing legal education annually, including one ethics credit.
Influenced in part by the ICJJ recommendations and following the lead of the family court bench, which handles juvenile adjudications, the entire Board of Judges of the Fifth Judicial District subsequently adopted the same continuing education standards by unanimous vote.