On Nov. 5, vote yes to keep our qualified local judges

Welcome to the Judicial Vote 2017 website, sponsored by the Judicial Excellence Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. We have the obligation to provide the citizens of Allegheny County with as much information as possible to help voters make informed choices when they select candidates for Allegheny County's judiciary and when they are asked to vote to retain judges who are currently on the bench.


The election for new judges will be held on May 16, 2017.

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 County.

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.