Judge Appointees Not 'Employees' Under Pa. Records Law

Law360 (February 23, 2021, 3:56 PM EST) -- Judges appointed to fill vacancies in Pennsylvania state courts are not "employees" whose applications are protected from disclosure under the state's open-records law, nor are the applicants who aren't selected, a Commonwealth Court panel ruled Tuesday.

Since judges are not employees of the state, Pennsylvania's Office of General Counsel could not cite exemptions in the state's Right to Know Law for employee records or applications for employment in its appeal of open records requests by a pair of reporters from LNP Media Group concerning applicants for vacancies on the Commonwealth Court and the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas in 2019,...

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