Q&A: Supreme Court Candidate P. Kevin Brobson on the 2020 Election and the Need for Judicial Independence

Headshot of Commonwealth Court Judge P. Kevin Brobson


The Legal Intelligencer

On Nov. 2, Pennsylvanians are set to decide which candidate will join the ranks of the state Supreme Court. To get a better understanding of each candidate’s background and judicial philosophy, The Legal has asked each to respond to a questionnaire touching on a variety of topics important to the legal community.

Responses to the questionnaires are set to be published in the weeks leading up to the general election. The first installment comes from candidate P. Kevin Brobson, president judge of the Commonwealth Court.

The following has been lightly edited for style.

The Legal: How would you describe your judicial philosophy?

Brobson: I will approach every case that comes before me with an open mind and without bias. The role of judges is to apply precedent faithfully to the facts of the cases before them, to strictly apply the law as written, and to leave personal bias and political whim out of the courtroom. In a broad sense, this is what all Pennsylvanians desire of their judges.

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