Candidate Ratings (For Potential New Judges)
The first type of election is for new judges. Members of the general public often are not equipped to know whether various judicial candidates are qualified to be judge. That’s why the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee has interviewed and rated those 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 in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania court and whose judicial offices are located in Allegheny County.
The primary election for new judges will be held on Tuesday, May 21.
Click here to view the ratings for the 2019 candidates.
Judicial Retention Ratings (Election to be held during the general election in November)
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 every-other November.
To help voters make educated, informed decisions at the polls, the ACBA surveys all of its members – attorneys who practice in front of these judges – asking them whether they believe each judge should remain on the bench. Those informed opinions are then accumualated into an overall ACBA “recommended” or “not recommended” rating for each retention candidate. These ratings will be available later this year.