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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 8, 2021 09:36 AM
From: Representative Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
Subject: Supreme Court Term Limits
When we return to session, I will introduce a joint resolution to amend Article V (the Judiciary) of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Specifically, I will amend Section 15 (relating to tenure of justices, judges and justices of the peace); and, Section 16 (relating to compensation and retirement of justices , judges and justices of the peace).

Under the existing provisions of the Constitution, judges and justices are not subject to term limits, do not state for re-election (rather, they undergo a “retention” vote) and may hold office until the end of the year in which such judge or justice turns 75 years of age. 

My amendment would limit a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serving two 10-year terms.  This language also takes into consideration justices who may have already served two terms in office by allowing them to complete the current term. 

If you have any questions, please contact my assistant, Lily Guthrie, at lguthrie@pahousegop.com or 783-1815.

Introduced as HB1880