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Ballot Position for Judicial Candidates Determined in Drawing

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.

Superior Court Candidate says he will not Accept Campaign Donations in Primary

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 Judge Challenges Ban on Judges in Business

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.

Inquirer Reports Justice McCaffery had Role in Referral Fees

The Inquirer published an article this weekend discussing documents they obtained that allegedly reveal that former Justice Seamus McCaffery was involved in referring cases to various law firms for which his wife and judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, received referral fees. According to the article, Rapaport was paid a total of $1.2 million in referral fees for about 15 referrals since 2003.

AOPC: PA Criminal Case Data Now Interactive and Available Online

From any computer with an internet connection members of the public can now view interactive criminal caseload data for each county in Pennsylvania. The new "dashboards", interactive web based data analysis tools, provide a detailed look at statewide criminal caseloads organizing each county’s criminal case activity over the course of a calendar year.

12 Candidates Seek 3 Open PA Supreme Court Seats

Twelve candidates are lined up to compete in the May 19th primary to fill one of the three open spots on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The deadline to file nominating petitions with the Department of State was yesterday.

State Judicial Conduct Board Moves to Sanction two Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges

The state Judicial Conduct board has filed seven ethics counts against Judges Dawn Segal and Joseph O’Neill and has moved to suspend them from their positions. The charges are regarding alleged improper conversations they engaged in with Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. about cases before their courts. The board has also brought a case against Waters.

Indiana County District Judge Charged in Hit-and-Run Violated Judicial Conduct Board Rule

The state Judicial Conduct Board said that Indiana County District Judge Jennifer J. Rega violated the Rules Governing Standards of Magisterial District Judges when she was involved in a hit-in-run accident in September. They have since dismissed complaints against her.

Phila. Bar Association Works to Compile Judicial Ratings in Busy Election Year

Philadelphians will vote to fill 12 Common Pleas and 3 Municipal Court seats in this year’s primary and general elections. The Philadelphia Bar Association is faced with the task of evaluating the 47 candidates seeking seats on the bench.

PA Supreme Court Launches Pilot Program to Increase Availability of Legal Aid for Low Income Individuals

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has launched a pilot program designed to provide low-income clients with legal representation. The program will pair indigent individuals with attorneys who are willing to provide free representation.