As of March 25, twenty of the original sixty candidates running for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas or Municipal Court have dropped out of the race. The number of judicial candidates remaining is still the largest in recent memory.
The Philadelphia Bar Association released its first group of ratings for judicial candidates running for seats on the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in Philadelphia.
There are numerous vacancies for judgeships throughout the state of Pennsylvania this year, and many candidates are vying for the positions as a result. There are currently 18 candidates running for statewide judicial vacancies, 245 candidates running for county-level seats, and dozens more running for magisterial district judge.
Seventeen new panelists were sworn in to Luzerne County’s Youth Aid Panel program this week, which was designed to divert first-time juvenile offenders charged with minor crimes.
On Friday former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky admitted to stealing cocaine evidence, pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charges. Pozonsky, 59, pleaded guilty to theft, obstruction of administration of law, and misapplication of entrusted property. Senior Common Pleas Judge Daniel Howsare of Bedford County will sentence Pozonsky on July 13.
On Wednesday, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the proposed 2015-16 budget for the Unified Judicial System, requesting $347.4 million in state funds to contribute to its total budget of about $460 million. Governor Tom Wolf has allocated $317.4 million to the courts, the amount granted in the last two budgets.
Ballot position for the twelve Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates in the upcoming primary was determined yesterday in a random drawing. Many political observes said that ballot position can have an impact on the outcome of elections, because voters who are unfamiliar with multiple candidates will be more likely to select names from the top of the list.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Colville announced this week that he will not accept contributions for his Democratic primary election campaign for Superior Court.
Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Craig A. Dally is arguing that a judicial conduct rule that will require him to resign from two financial boards by July 1, 2015 violates his constitutional rights. The state Supreme Court rejected his initial application for relief but granted him leave to file a supplemental application for relief.