Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

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Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Harrisburg
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Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Court locations

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania is one of Pennsylvania's two intermediate appellate courts. The Commonwealth Court's headquarters is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania is the other intermediate appellate court in the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System. The jurisdiction of the nine-judge Commonwealth Court is limited to appeals from final orders of certain state agencies and certain designated cases from the Courts of Common Pleas involving public sector legal questions and government regulation. The Commonwealth Court also functions as a trial court in some civil actions by or against the Commonwealth government and cases regarding statewide elections (42 Pa.C.S. §§ 761-764).

Article V, section 4 of the 1968 Pennsylvania Constitution created the Commonwealth Court. Acts enacted in 1970 set up the court. Judges are elected to 10-year terms, and must retire at the age of 70.

The Commonwealth Court publishes its precedential opinions in the Atlantic Reporter 2d series. From 1970-1995, the court maintained an official reporter, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Reports, volumes 1-168 (1970-1995). The Court's precedential and non-precedential ("unreported") opinions are posted on the Internet.

Appeals from Commonwealth Court decisions go to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Judges[edit]

Name Born Elected Party When First Elected Year of Next Retention Election Reaches Age 70 Location Prior Positions and Education

Dan R. Pellegrini (President Judge)

(1945-09-15) September 15, 1945 (age 69) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1989 (retained in 1999 and 2009) Democratic None - final term September 15, 2015 Pittsburgh City Solicitor of Pittsburgh (1982-1989); Deputy City Solicitor of Pittsburgh (1978-1982); First Assistant City Solicitor of Pittsburgh (1977-1978); Assistant City Solicitor of Pittsburgh (1973-1977); First Lieutenant, United States Army (1971-1973); J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1970); B.A., Duquesne University (1967).

Bernard L. McGinley II

(1946-01-07) January 7, 1946 (age 68) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1987 (retained in 1997 and 2007) Democratic None - final term January 7, 2016 Pittsburgh Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (1981-1987); Private Practice (1975-1981); Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office (1971-1974); Law Clerk, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (1970-1971); J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1970); B.S., John Carroll University (1967).

Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter

(1947-02-19) February 19, 1947 (age 67) in Houston, Texas 1997 (appointed in 1996, retained in 2007) Republican None - final term February 19, 2017 Blue Bell Private Practice (1990-2006, 1981-1989); In-House Counsel, Mutual Fire Marine and Inland Insurance Company (1989-1990); Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1976-1981); Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia County District Attorney's Office (1971-1976); J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1971); B.A., Rice University (1968).

Renée Cohn Jubelirer

(1957-05-25) May 25, 1957 (age 57) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2001 (retained in 2011) Republican 2021 May 25, 2027 State College In-House Counsel, ATX Telecommunications Services (1997-2001); Assistant Solicitor, Lehigh County (1997-1999); Deputy Solicitor, Lehigh County (1996-1997); Private Practice (1984-1996); Assistant Professor, DePaul University College of Law (1985-1987); Teaching Fellow, Stanford Law School (1983-1984); J.D., Northwestern University School of Law (1983); B.A., Pennsylvania State University (1978).

Robert "Robin" Simpson

(1951-10-17) October 17, 1951 (age 62) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 2001 (retained in 2011) Republican None - final term October 17, 2021 Nazareth Judge, Northampton County Court of Common Pleas (1989-2001); Private Practice (1979-1989); Law Clerk, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (1976-1978); J.D., Dickinson School of Law (1976); B.A., Dickinson College (1973).

Mary Hannah Leavitt

(1947-03-17) March 17, 1947 (age 67) in Cleveland, Ohio 2001 (retained in 2011) Republican None - final term March 17, 2017 Harrisburg Private Practice (1987-2001); Assistant Counsel, Chief of Litigation, and Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Insurance (1978-1987); J.D., Dickinson School of Law (1978); M.A., University of Pennsylvania (1972); B.A., Connecticut College (1969).

P. Kevin Brobson

(1970-11-26) November 26, 1970 (age 43) in Mountoursville, Pennsylvania 2009 Republican 2019 November 26, 2040 Harrisburg Private Practice (1996-2009); Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1995-1996); J.D., Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg Campus (1995); B.A., Lycoming College (1992).

Patricia A. McCullough

(1956-11-15) November 15, 1956 (age 57) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009 Republican 2019 November 15, 2026 Pittsburgh Private Practice (2008-2009, 1991-2004); Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (2006-2007); Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (2005-2006); Assistant General Counsel, University of Pittsburgh Office of General Counsel (1983-1991); Law Clerk, Washington County Court of Common Pleas (1981-1983); J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1981); B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1978).

Anne E. Covey

(1959-11-04) November 4, 1959 (age 54) in Wilmington, Delaware 2011 Republican 2021 November 4, 2029 New Hope Private Practice (1987-2011); Member, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (2002-2011); Law Clerk, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (1985-1987); Assistant Counsel, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (1984-1985); J.D., Widener University School of Law, Wilmington Campus (1984); B.A., University of Delaware (1981).


  • James Gardner Colins, Senior Judge
  • Rochelle Friedman, Senior Judge
  • Keith Quigley, Senior Judge
  • J. Wesley Oler, Jr., Senior Judge

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