Gavel Grab

Proposal to Reduce Size of Pennsylvania High Court Advances

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be reduced from seven to five justices under a resolution that won approval by the Senate State Government Committee this week.

The committee also voted to shrink the size of the state House and the state Senate, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer article. Senate President Joe Scarnati offered the amendment approved by the committee that would reduce the judiciary and also the office of the lieutenant governor, for cost-saving purposes.

Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts, said the state Superior Court would be reduced from 15 to 11 judges. The National Center is a JAS partner organization.

According to Legal Intelligencer, a publication excerpted by Gavel to Gavel, “Pennsylvania attorneys and political watchers expressed shock and disapproval over a state Senate committee’s recent passage of an amended resolution seeking to reduce the number of state Supreme Court justices and Superior Court judges.”


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