By Zack Needles
Of the Legal Staff
In addition to the announcement of its plan to begin posting memorandum decisions, state Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens said the court has also begun updating its website to provide easily accessible information on high-profile cases.
According to Stevens, AOPC communications manager Jim Koval first approached him with the idea and the court began seriously considering it after the Centre County Court of Common Pleas began doing something similar with the Jerry Sandusky case.
Stevens said the court will let both common sense and demand dictate which cases are highlighted.
If the prothonotary's office notices an influx of calls about a particular case, for example, the court will make all court documents related to the matter readily available on its website, according to Stevens.
The court will not be responsible for redacting any information from those documents, however, Stevens said.
Carl A. Solano, co-chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis' appellate practice group in Philadelphia, said that while this procedure is more likely to benefit the press and the public than it is attorneys, "any time the court gives out more information, it's a good thing."