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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UPDATED: Senators seek to slow down bills increasing mandatory judicial retirement age

As two bills that would increase Pennsylvania’s mandatory judicial retirement age took another step to completion Tuesday, some senators called for the process to be slowed down.

House Bill 90 is a constitutional amendment that would increase the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75. House Bill 89 is the statutory fix to align current statutory language with the constitutional provision once the amendment is approved by the voters.

Both bills moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee in a Tuesday meeting, with only Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) voting in the negative.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Exact path of mandatory judicial retirement age change remains murky

Monday, the House of Representatives gave second consideration to two pieces of legislation introduced by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) that would increase the mandatory retirement age of judges from age 70 to 75.

However, the exact route this or other similar legislation will take to final passage is still yet to be seen.

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bills increasing mandatory retirement age for judges advance

Bills increasing mandatory retirement age for judges advance

Two bills that would increase the current mandatory retirement age for judges—currently set at 70—moved through the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 90 is a constitutional amendment that would increase the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75. House Bill 89 is the statutory fix to bring the law enacting the constitutional provision up to date once the amendment is approved by the voters.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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McCaffery retirement leaves open unanswered appointment question

Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery announced his retirement Monday, effective immediately. As of now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not yet decided whether to appoint a replacement.

Any such appointment could raise interesting questions depending on the outcome of next Tuesday’s gubernatorial election.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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