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Reformers Make Headway In County Judicial Races

A bid to reshape Allegheny County’s approach to justice appeared to make real headway on Tuesday evening.

Nine seats were up for grabs on the County’s Common Pleas Court, and unofficial early results showed a reform-minded set of hopefuls were poised to capture five of them. They were: Allegheny County Controller Chelsea Wagner; attorney and former Magistrate Judge Wrenna Watson; local attorney Nicola Henry-Taylor, defense attorney and former District Attorney candidate Lisa Middleman, and Duquesne University clinical law professor Tiffany Sizemore.

The other four top Democratic vote-getters were Sabrina Korbel, Elliot Howsie, Bruce Beemer, and Jessel Costa.

"The people of Allegheny County are ready for big change in the judicial system,” said Middleman. “There are a lot of progressive people that want to see the system be fair and equitable to all people, and I think that's what this election showed.”

Two-thirds of the top nine Democrats were women, and four are Black, a fact that Middleman said “demonstrates that people recognize that people who have been traditionally disenfranchised need to have a voice. … These are people who have not had a voice in how our system operates."

Judicial candidates are allowed to cross-file with both parties, and Beemer, Korbel and Middleman all finished in the top tier of Republican candidates as well. The rest of the GOP field included Joseph Parick Murphy, Anthony DeLuca, Daniel J. Konieczka, Jr., William Caye, Chuck Porter and Mark Patrick Flaherty.

The sheer number of candidates on the ballot — 39 — both suggested how much was up for grabs this year, and how difficult it was for voters to make sense of it. The nine seats available on the county’s bench represent roughly a quarter of the county’s judgeships — a rare opportunity to alter, or reaffirm, the county’s approach to criminal justice.

A handful of progressive activist groups sought to seize the moment by advancing a “Slate of 8,” a roster of candidates committed to criminal-justice reforms that include opposing the use of cash bail and finding more ways to divert defendants away from the criminal system when possible.

To some extent, that slate was an effort to provide a base of support to serve as an alternative to the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. The committee's picks, made by party insiders, have been controversial in previous years, when they have been faulted for overlooking progressive candidates and candidates of color. But the party endorsement has long been seen as key for low-wattage races like judicial contests.

Both slates performed well, compared to the overall field. Wagner and Watson were endorsed by both the party and the Slate of 8. In all, 6 out of 9 Democrat-endorsed candidates finished in the top tier — roughly on par with the Slate of 8's performance. And the party charges an endorsement fee which runs into the high four-digits.

The rise of a slate of judges campaigning explicitly on their philosophical beliefs is unusual: Judicial races often are run on little more than candidates’ resumes. But Duquesne University law professor Joe Mistick said it was no surprise to hear candidates speaking openly about such beliefs this year. “Running as ‘a law-and-order judge’ meant certain things. It was a code-phrase,” he said..

“But winning campaigns reflect changing times,” he said. “Students of the law have been talking about these issues for some time,” he said. “We’ve all seen the lack of equity in the system, and when you get some lightning strikes like George Floyd [whose death at the hands of Minneapolis Police sparked nationwide protests], those ideas begin to take form.”

And while the next class of incoming judges won’t be established until November, reformers say Tuesday night’s results have already opened up chances for reform.

Voters “want to see the change we’ve been talking about,” said Henry-Taylor. “They want to see diversity of thought and diversity of experience and diversity of lived experience The electorate wants to see not all people who look the same so that when you walk into court, you see someone that looks like you."

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With nearly 40 candidates running for nine open seats on the Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County, this election cycle offers a paramount opportunity to remake the county’s criminal justice system. Common Pleas Judges are responsible for overseeing trials for criminal, civil, and family cases and delivering sentencing. They can also be a part of doling out, or withholding, cash bail. Their discretion can reform the court. Pittsburgh City Paperhas chosen to highlight four different categories of endorsements and/or rankings for this year’s judicial candidates: legal, political, reform, and LGBTQ.

The legal rankings come from the Allegheny County Bar Association and have four different results: highly recommended, recommended, not recommended at this time (which means candidates could be recommended later, but aren’t currently), and unqualified.

Political endorsements are from two large Democratic Party groups, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and the Young Democrats of Allegheny County, since many more candidates are filing as Democrats than as Republicans.

A new criminal justice reform coalition, formed earlier this year, is providing endorsements for reform-minded candidates. Members include police-reform group Alliance for Police Accountability, Black-led political group 1Hood Power, statewide prison abolition group Straight Ahead, and UNITE PAC, a political action committee working to get elected progressive candidates. According to the coalition, these candidates have demonstrated a commitment to equitable justice.

Lastly, two of the largest LGBTQ political organizations handed out endorsements for several candidates this cycle. The groups are the Steel City Stonewall Democrats and the Gertrude Stein Club of Greater Pittsburgh.

Voters will be able to select up to nine of the following candidates on the ballot.

Bruce Beemer -Incumbent Common Pleas Judge, Bradford Woods

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Dean A. Birdy - Attorney, North Side

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Pauline Calabrese - Mayor of Penn Hills, Attorney, Penn Hills

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Tom Caulfield - Magisterial District Judge, Forest Hills

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

William Bill Caye - Attorney, South Fayette

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Jason J. Cervone - Attorney, North Side

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Jessel Costa - Attorney, South Side

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Unqualified
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Alyssa Cowan - Attorney, Hampton

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Rosemary Crawford - Attorney, Hampton

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Marc Daffner - Attorney, Greentree

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Anthony DeLuca - Attorney, Mt. Lebanon

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Richard Thomas Ernsberger - Attorney, Oakland

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Brian D. Flaherty - Attorney, Forest Hills

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Unqualified
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Mark Patrick Flaherty - Attorney, Mt. Lebanon

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Ryan O. Hemminger - Attorney, Elizabeth Township

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Nicola Henry-Taylor - Attorney, Ross

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Endorsed

George Heym - Attorney, Squirrel Hill

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Rick Hosking - Attorney, Upper St. Clair

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Elliot Howsie - Incumbent Common Pleas Judge, Churchill

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- HIghly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/ Recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Clint Kelley - Attorney, Mt. Lebanon

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended • Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed • Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Daniel J. Konieczka, Jr. - Magisterial District Judge, Shaler

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended • Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Sabrina Korbel - Attorney, Ross

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/ Recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Endorsed

Brian Samuel Malkin - Attorney, Franklin Park

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Endorsed

Lisa Middleman - Attorney, Franklin Park

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Endorsed

Joseph Patrick Murphy - Attorney, Pine

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Mik Pappas - Magisterial District Judge, Highland Park

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/ Recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/ Endorsed

Chuck Porter - Attorney, Shaler

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Zeke Rediker - Attorney, Squirrel Hill

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/ Recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Matt Rogers - Attorney, Mt. Lebanon

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Giuseppe Rosselli - Attorney, Bell Acres

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Endorsed

Jimmy Sheets - Attorney, Bethel Park

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Beth Tarasi Sinatra - Attorney, Bell Acres

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time • Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended • Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed • Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Tiffany Sizemore - Attorney, Churchill

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Patrick A. Sweeney - Attorney, North Side

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Endorsed

Andy Szefi - Attorney, Mt. Lebanon

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Highly Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Albert Veverka - Attorney, Mt. Lebanon

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Chelsa Wagner - Allegheny County Controller, Point Breeze

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Not recommended at this time
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Endorsed/ Endorsed

Wrenna Watson - Attorney, Hill District

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed

Ilan Zur - Prosecutor, Squirrel Hill

Allegheny County Bar Association rating- Recommended
Allegheny County Dem Committee/Young Dems of Allegheny County- Not Endorsed/Not recommended
Criminal Justice Reform Coalition- Not endorsed
Steel City Stonewall Dems/Gertrude Stein Club of Pittsburgh- Not Endorsed/Not Endorsed
* This story has been updated on Wed., May 5 at p.m. with a correction to reflect that Tom Caufield and and Patrick A. Sweeney have both been endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, and at p.m. to correct that Patrick A. Sweeney currently lives in the North Side, not South Side. Pittsburgh City Paper apologizes for the errors.
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Meet Judge David Spurgeon –

Judge David Spurgeon has served in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas since Assigned to the Family Division, he handles all matters involving children and families. He has been recognized as a national expert on domestic violence and has been named a Judicial Fellow by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for his judicial leadership. Judge Spurgeon regularly participates as a panelist and contributor in various local, state, and national forums addressing intimate partner violence. He currently serves as the Chair of the Family Violence Work Group for the 5th Judicial District. Recently, Judge Spurgeon appeared as a guest legal expert on Court TV discussing the impact of the COVID pandemic on family violence.

An accomplished trial lawyer, Judge Spurgeon began his career in private practice in He joined the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in where he remained until He prosecuted all crime types, including homicide. Judge Spurgeon was promoted to the Domestic Violence Trial Unit, where he tried some of the most heinous cases involving women, children and pets as victims. In , Spurgeon was the youngest person promoted to Deputy District Attorney. An advocate of diversionary courts, he assisted in the creation of Veterans’ Court and supervised the attorneys assigned to Mental Health Court. Spurgeon was integral in the development of the first specialized accountability docket in Pennsylvania to address repeat batterers of violence. He was the County Coordinator for the STOP grant under the Violence Against Women Act and co-chair of the DV Task Force. Spurgeon implemented the first Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Review Team to identify systematic breakdowns and prevent future violence. During his tenure, he was the first prosecutor honored by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation with the O’Connor Fellows Award for his contributions to public service and was recognized as one of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s Top Public Servants by Champion Enterprises.

Judge Spurgeon has served as adjunct faculty at Point Park University and is currently an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law. Judge Spurgeon is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association serving on various committees within the organization, including the Diversity Committee. He was rated “Highly Recommended” by the Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association when he ran for Judge. His community involvement includes past participation on the Board of Directors at the Center for Victims and WomansPlace. He currently is a Board Member at White Oak Animal Safe Haven – a no kill animal shelter, the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center and is a Trustee at the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation. Judge Spurgeon also serves on multiple boards and committees within his family church.

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Honorary Chair:

Treasurer John Weinstein and Senator Jim Brewster

Labor and Unions

  • The Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council
  • Iron Workers Local 3
  • Laborer&#;s District Council of Western PA
  • IAFF- International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local 1
  • Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
  • Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Inc.
  • PA State AFL-CIO
  • Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades
  • Lackawanna County Democratic Committee
  • Bucks County Democratic Committee
  • Allegheny County Democratic Committee
  • Philadelphia FIrefighters and Paramedics Union
  • Teamsters Joint Council No 40
  • Pike County Democratic Committee
  • Democratic Party of Clarion County
  • Montgomery County Democratic Committee
  • Chester County Democratic Committee
  • Chester County Young Democrats

Recommendations:

  • Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council
  • Harrisburg Regional Central Labor Council
  • Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council
  • Philadelphia Central Labor Council
  • Westmoreland Central Labor Council
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Court of Common Pleas

Ballotpedia:Trial Courts

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas is a trial court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Judges

The judges of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas include:

Senior judges

Former judges

See also

External links

See also: Pennsylvania judicial elections

Pennsylvania is one of 43 states that hold elections for judicial positions. To learn more about judicial selection in Pennsylvania, click here. Click on the links below to read detailed election coverage by year.

Selection method

See also: Partisan election of judges

The judges of the court of common pleas are elected to year terms in partisan elections. Candidates may cross-file with both political parties for the partisan primaries, which are followed by general elections where the primary winners from each party compete.[1][2] Judges must run in yes-no retention elections if they wish to continue serving after their first term. A separate part of the ballot is designated for these elections, and judges' names appear without respect to party affiliation.[1][3]

  • The president judge of each Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas is chosen by either peer vote or seniority, depending on the size of the court. Statewide, all courts composed of more than seven individuals must select their chief judge by peer vote. Those with seven or fewer members select their chief by seniority.[1][4]

Qualifications
To serve on an appellate or general jurisdiction court, a judge must:[1]

  • have state residence for at least one year;
  • be a district resident for at least one year (for common pleas judges);
  • be a member of the state bar; and
  • be under the age of

While retirement at 75 is mandatory, judges may apply for senior judge status. Senior judges may serve as such until the last day of the calendar year in which they turn [4]

Election rules

Primary election

Though the state holds partisan elections, most candidates cross-file with the major political parties. If a candidate wins both the Republican and Democratic primary, he or she runs unopposed in the general election.

Retention election

All judges except those of the magisterial districts face retention elections following their initial term. After a judge has won an initial partisan election, subsequent terms are attained through retention elections. In retention elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the justice in office for another term. If the candidate receives more yes votes than no votes, he or she is successfully retained. If not, the candidate is not retained, and there will be a vacancy in that court upon the expiration of that term. This applies to all judges except magisterial district judges, who are always elected in partisan elections.[5][6]

  1. American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: Pennsylvania," archived October 3,
  2. The Morning Call, "Ban Cross-filing As One Step," January 24,
  3. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, "In Re: Nomination Papers of Marakay Rogers, Christina Valente and Carl J. Romanelli," November 7,
  4. The Pennsylvania Code, "Chapter 7. Assignment of Judges," accessed September 3,
  5. Pennsylvania Courts, "How Judges Are Elected," accessed July 22,
  6. Pennsylvania General Assembly, "Constitution of Pennsylvania, Article V, Section 15," accessed April 30,
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