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Supreme Court Lets Political Parties Decide Candidates For Jury Commissioner Posts

April 19, 2013

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that political parties may chose the candidates for any fall elections for county jury commissioners.

The ruling upheld a Commonwealth Court decision which rejected a request by the Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners to expedite a schedule for the May 21 primary elections in which there is no provision for voting for the office.  That appeal followed a March ruling by the Supreme Court that threw out a 2011 Pennsylvania law allowing counties to eliminate the positions.  Since the law became effective, 42 of the Pennsylvania counties that had jury commissioner posts have moved to get rid of them.

The earlier Supreme Court decision was based on a state constitutional requirement restricting laws to a single subject.  Meanwhile, the state Senate this week passed and sent on to the state House a replacement bill.  The House, though, may not consider the matter before the primaries.

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