Pennsylvania Superior Court
|Pennsylvania Superior Court|
|Method:||partisan election of judges|
James J. Fitzgerald • Kate Ford Elliott • John Bender • Mary Jane Bowes • Susan Peikes Gantman • Jack Panella • Christine Donohue • Jacqueline Shogan • Cheryl Lynn Allen • Stephen McEwen • Robert Colville • Sallie Mundy • Judith Olson • Paula Ott • Anne Lazarus • William H. Platt • Eugene B. Strassburger, III •
The Pennsylvania Superior Court is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts, the other being the Commonwealth Court. The Superior Court was established in 1895. It reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the Courts of Common Pleas in the state's 67 counties. The court's judges also review and decide on wiretapping applications presented by the state's Attorney General and district attorneys under Pennsylvania's Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act.
The Superior Court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms (beginning the January after their election and ending on the first Monday of the January ten years later - only on even-numbered years). Additionally, senior judges are appointed to serve on the court from time-to-time by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The president judge of the court is elected to a five-year term by his or her colleagues.
|Senior Judge James J. Fitzgerald||2008-present|
|Judge Kate Ford Elliott||1989-2019|
|Judge John Bender||2002-2021|
|Judge Mary Jane Bowes||2002-2021|
|Judge Susan Peikes Gantman||2004-2023||Republican|
|Judge Jack Panella||1993-2023||Democratic|
|Judge Christine Donohue||2008-2017|
|Judge Jacqueline Shogan||2008-2017|
|Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen||2008-2017||Republican|
|Senior Judge Stephen McEwen||1981-2011|
|Senior Judge Robert Colville||2006-present|
|Judge Sallie Mundy||2009-2019|
|Judge Judith Olson||2010-2019|
|Judge Paula Ott||2009-2019|
|Judge Anne Lazarus||2009-2019|
|Senior Judge William H. Platt||2011-present|
|Senior Judge Eugene B. Strassburger, III||1978-2011|
In Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the Superior Court had a budget deficit of $5.3 million, according to a "State of the Courts" report prepared by Chief Justice Ronald Castille of the Supreme Court. Castille said that the deficit "threatens to diminish historic excellence in thoughtful and expeditious case management. Continued under-funding of Superior Court will have lasting consequences in its ability to manage its substantial caseload."
When the court was formed in 1895, it included seven judges who sat together to hear each case that came in front of the court. In 1978, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the court to begin hearing cases in panels of three judges, citing the "exceedingly heavy volume of appeals coming to the Superior Court".
Judges are both elected and appointed to the court. Seniority is attained according to the length of continuous service on the court, but elected judges receive seniority over appointed judges.
The court provided these statistics in 2008 to indicate the number of appeals that were filed with the court, versus those that were pending and resolved in 2007.
|Appeals pending, January 1, 2007||6,464||2,073||4,391|
|New appeals in 2007||7,979||3,402||4,577|
|Appeals concluded in 2007||8,156||3,394||4,762|
|Appeals pending, January 1, 2008||6,287||2,081||4,206|
- Official website of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
- Description of Pennsylvania Superior Court, on Pennsylvania's statewide courts website.
- philly.com, "Hometown appeal of judicial candidates", May 31, 2013
- See also: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2013
|Judge||Retention vote||Retention Vote %|
|Susan Peikes Gantman||69.2%|
|Candidate||Incumbency||Party||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Jack McVay, Jr.||No||Democratic||55.4%||48.3%|
|Joseph C. Waters, Jr.||No||Democratic||44.6%|
|Robert C. Wyda||No||Republican||Withdrew%|
- See also: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2011
|Candidate||Incumbency||District||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Paula A. Patrick||No||34.6%|
|Mary Jane Bowes||Yes||73.5%|
|David N. Wecht||No||100%||54.6%|