PA takes first step in changing how appellate judges are selected

PA takes first step in changing how appellate judges are selected

Not without controversy, a constitutional amendment that would change how Pennsylvania’s appellate judges are selected took its first step Tuesday by clearing the House Judiciary Committee by a 16-11 vote.

House Bill 1336 by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) would create a merit selection system for members of Pennsylvania’s intermediate courts and supreme court, allowing a commission of 13 members appointed by the governor and members of the legislature to make recommendations to the governor as to who should become appellate judges when vacancies arise.

Under the bill, the commission would send three names to the governor, who would pick one to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate.

Rep. Cutler introduced similar legislation last session that was ultimately pulled from the committee’s agenda before it could be brought up for a vote.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill to end statewide judicial elections scheduled for Tuesday committee vote

Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1848, by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), which would end statewide appellate court judicial elections in Pennsylvania and replace it with a system of merit selection.

As drafted, the legislation would do away with the current statewide system of appellate judge elections while maintaining judicial elections for the courts of common pleas and magisterial district courts. 

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Friday, June 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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