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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 30, 2014 03:48 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Senior Judges' Retirement
I plan on re-introducing legislation increasing the retirement age for judges in the Commonwealth in the near future, and I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Once a judge retires in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court can assign a former or retired justice to serve in their capacity until the vacancy is filled. This is a cause for concern, due to the fact that there is no public involvement in the appointment of a retired judge’s extended period of service. Also, my bill would save the Commonwealth taxpayer dollars associated with the costs of paying per diems for senior or retired judges’ extended judicial assignments.

Therefore, it is my intent to reintroduce legislation amending the Constitution of Pennsylvania to require judges to continue serving out their term until the age of 75.

This is a reintroduction of SB 368 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: FONTANA, BREWSTER, MENSCH and ALLOWAY.

Introduced as SB337