Welcome to the website for the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee. This site is designed to provide Pennsylvanians with up to date information about the activities of the committee including meeting and hearing agendas and current legislation. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I work to ensure that we continue to hold public hearings to guide policy responding to critical issues within Pennsylvania’s courts, law enforcement agencies and criminal justice system. My commitment is to ensure the safety and security of all Pennsylvanians and to recommend to the Senate fair and balanced legislation that will deliver justice. I and my fellow committee members seek to uphold Pennsylvania’s long standing tradition of protecting victims of crime, justly prosecuting criminals, and holding our justice system to the highest standards of integrity and fairness. I hope that you will return to this site often to stay informed of the committee’s actions.

Sincerely,

Stewart Greenleaf

Committee Schedule, Votes and Bills

Meetings and Hearings

Proposed State Correctional Institution Closures

Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee - January 23, 2017
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Nomination of Bruce Beemer to serve as Attorney General

Senate Judiciary Committee - August 30, 2016
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House Bill 1948

Senate Judiciary Committee - July 11, 2016Read more

HB 1947

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 28, 2016
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To Consider Judicial Nominations

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 29, 2016
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To consider the following nominations

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 27, 2016
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Senate Bill 1311 and House Bills 123, 869, and 1581

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 22, 2016Read more

HB 1947

Senate Judiciary Committee - June 13, 2016
 
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News

Senate committees to review possible state prison closures

January 11, 2017

HARRISBURG – Three Senate committees will hold a joint public hearing to review the Wolf administration’s decision to potentially close two state prisons....Read More

Media Advisory - Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Civil Asset Forfeiture Legislation

October 15, 2015

State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf has announced a public hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee will be held on SB 869, civil asset forfeiture, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B of the Capitol’s East Wing....Read More

PA Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing on the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction

June 22, 2015

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at the State Capitol on the collateral consequences of criminal conviction....Read More

Media Advisory - Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh will Examine Policing and Investigative Practices

February 10, 2015

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. at the Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to hear testimony on best practices in law enforcement....Read More

Media Advisory - Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition to present report to PA Senate Judiciary Committee on the Legal Needs of Low-Income Pennsylvanians

May 5, 2014

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, will be presented with the report Toward Equal Justice for All: Report of the Civil Legal Justice Coalition on the number of unrepresented low-income civil litigants in the Commonwealth....Read More

Media Advisory - Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing in Philadelphia on Senate Bill 1095 to address Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)

April 21, 2014

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 1095 addressing Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)....Read More

Media Advisory - Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Legislation to Enhance Legal Representation for Criminal Defense

March 28, 2014

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 979 on Tuesday, April 1st beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Hearing Room #1 of the North Office Building of the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The North Office Building is adjacent to the Capitol Building’s East Wing....Read More