Fayette County has two new openings on the bench due to the retirement of Judge Ralph Warman and Judge Gerald Solomon.
Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania plans to step down and assume senior judge status, leaving the chief position to U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker, who will be the Eastern District's first woman Chief Judge.
Whichever judge has most seniority takes the top position. Tucker came to the bench in 2000, and is next in line.
Lancaster County is taking steps to reduce the costs of jury service.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's King's Bench petition.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued an order revising its Internal Operating Procedures to "clarify and expand guidelines used to direct jurists, attorneys, and others in proceedings," according to a recent press release from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille plans to run for retention this fall, even though he will hit the mandatory retirement age of 70 next year and will have to leave the bench.
"There's a couple of projects I think I should be here for, at least until 2014," Castille said.