The Family Court Controversy

The mess controversy over development of a new $200 million Family Court building in Philadelphia has been a complicated affair. It's involved the credibility of the state's Supreme Court, it's touches many of the city's best known lawyers and law firms, and it affects all of the thousands of people who  use the Family Court every day.

Seventy urges Chief Justice Castille to release report (November 2, 2011)

Following reports that documents gathered during a still-under-wraps investigation will be used in a legal malpractice lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille on behalf of the First Judicial District over the Family Court Building project in Philadelphia, the Committee of Seventy urged Castille to release the investigation's findings to the public. The report, which Castille ordered in June 2010, cost $780,540. The investigator hired by Castille, William Chadwick, pledged full transparency and public scrutiny of the results when he was hired to conduct the investigation.


With continuing questions about how and why the state Supreme Court's Chief Justice handled the project to replace Philadelphia's aging Family Court facilities, the Committee of Seventy uses its IN THE KNOW feature to untangle the complex story so the public can understand what's at stake.

Committee of Seventy Urges Immediate Halt to Controversial Family Court Project

The committee of Seventy calls for the court project to be put on hold until investigators can clarify what actually happened in the complicated $12 million effort to find a new site for the courthouse.

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