Judicial Election for New Judges
The first type of election is for new judges. The Allegheny County Bar Association
Judiciary Committee has interviewed and rated candidates who are running for the PA
Supreme Court, the PA Commonwealth Court, and the Allegheny County Court of Common
Pleas. These ratings are only for candidates who live in Allegheny County, have their
principal place of business in Allegheny County, or are judges of a court of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and whose judicial offices are located in Allegheny
Click here to view the ratings for the 2017 candidates.
Merit Retention Election
The second type of election is a Merit Retention Election. This election is for current, sitting
judges who are required to run to retain their judicial positions every ten years. These
judges are not running against anyone. Rather, voters are being asked whether these
judges should remain on the bench based on their performance, qualifications, and merit. These election are held ever other November.