Pennsylvania's appellate judges should be selected on merit, not by political party and not by geography
The LNP Editorial Board
Pennsylvania Sen. Ryan Aument, of Landisville, wants appellate judges in the state Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts to run for their seats in specific regions rather than in statewide races. His proposal would see the state carved into seven “judicial districts,” each “as nearly equal in population as practicable.” Aument told LNP’s Sam Janesch that the change would “diversify” the courts by electing more judges from outside the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. “It’s important in ensuring that all Pennsylvanians are represented on our courts,” Aument said.
In our experience, Aument has been an effective and reform-minded lawmaker in a state Capitol that badly needs effectiveness and reform.
But he’s lost us on his latest proposal.
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