Bipartisan State Reps. Push For Judicial Merit Selection In Pa.

Law360, Philadelphia (November 12, 2013, 5:35 PM EST) -- A bipartisan pair of Pennsylvania state representatives on Tuesday introduced legislation to establish a merit-based system for appointing statewide judges, who are currently chosen through partisan elections.

The bill put forward by state Reps. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster; and Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, would amend the state’s constitution to establish a hybrid elective-appointive system for the judges on the state’s two intermediate appellate courts and its high court.

"The people have shown year after year that most of them aren't that attached to electing judges —the turnout in...
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