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The structure of the Pennsylvania judicial system is laid out in Article V of the Constitution. The state court system is made up of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and various Courts of limited jurisdiction.


The federal court system is made up of six federal courts, whose appeals are heard by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.


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Pennsylvania counties


There are 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

 

  To see a list of counties in Pennsylvania, please see - Pennsylvania counties



Elections

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Recent election results: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2014
Past election results: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2013

Pennsylvania judicial elections

Judges in Pennsylvania are elected in partisan elections. In the primary, most candidates cross-file with multiple political parties. If a candidate wins both the Republican and Democratic primary, he or she runs unopposed in the general election. Judges face retention elections at the end of their terms. Pennsylvania is the only state which holds all judicial elections in odd-numbered years.

Midterm vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment with the consent of 2/3rds of the Pennsylvania Senate. However, judges appointed in this fashion traditionally do not run for election to a full term, but serve only on an interim basis.

Selection

Judicial selection in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Pennsylvania Superior Court Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Pennsylvania Magisterial Districts
Method

Partisan election of judges

Term - 10 years

Method

Partisan election of judges

Term - 10 years

Method

Partisan election of judges

Term - 10 years

Method

Partisan election of judges

Term - 10 years

Method

Partisan election of judges

Term - 6 years


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