Pa. Sen. Introduces Merit Selection Bill For Appeals Judges

Law360, Philadelphia (January 24, 2013, 3:44 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, on Wednesday introduced legislation that would implement merit selection for the state’s appellate court judges, marking a break from more than 160 years of judicial elections.

Under the senator’s plan, judges for the state’s Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts would be appointed by the governor, who would chose his selections from a list of candidates generated by an independent, bipartisan commission. Lower court judges would continue to be elected.

"As citizens, we have to have utmost confidence in our judiciary, and...
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