Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

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Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Established1968
JurisdictionPennsylvania cases which involve decisions of governmental agencies; public sector legal questions; actions to which the Commonwealth is a party other than criminal cases; or actions to which a not-for-profit, private corporation is a party.
LocationHarrisburg (headquarters)
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Composition methodStatewide partisan election with possible retention at term expiration. Vacancies are filled via appointment by the Governor.
Authorized byPenn. Const. Art. V § 3
42 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 541-44
Appeals toSupreme Court of Pennsylvania
Appeals fromCourt of Common Pleas
Superior Court
Judge term length10 years
Number of positions9
WebsiteCommonwealth Court
President Judge
CurrentlyTBD
Since2022
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Harrisburg
Harrisburg
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, with jurisdiction over administrative and civil public law. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania is the other intermediate appellate court in the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System, having jurisdiction over criminal and private civil cases.

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 75.

The Commonwealth Court publishes its precedential opinions in the Atlantic Reporter 3d series. From 1970 to 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 The Court's precedential and non-precedential ("unreported") opinions are posted online.

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

Judges[edit]

as of January 3, 2022:

Name Born Elected Party when first elected Retained Year of next retention election Reaches age 75 Location Prior positions and education

Renée Cohn Jubelirer[1]

(1957-05-25) May 25, 1957 (age 65) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2001 Republican 2011, 2021 2031 May 25, 2032 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).

Patricia A. McCullough[2]

(1956-11-15) November 15, 1956 (age 65) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009 Republican 2019 2029 November 15, 2031 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[3]

(1959-11-04) November 4, 1959 (age 62) in Wilmington, Delaware 2011 Republican 2021 2031 November 4, 2034 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).

Michael Wojcik[4]

(1964-09-24) September 24, 1964 (age 57) in Windber, Pennsylvania 2015 Democratic First term 2025 September 24, 2039 Pittsburgh Private Practice (2012–2016); Solicitor, Allegheny County (2004–2012); Private Practice (1989–2004); J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1989); B.A., Juniata College (1986).

Ellen H. Ceisler[5]

(1957-09-11) September 11, 1957 (age 64) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2017 Democratic First term 2027 September 11, 2032 Philadelphia Judge, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (2007–2017); Director, Special Investigations & Fraud Unit, Philadelphia City Controller's Office (2006); consultant, Philadelphia School District (2005–2006); Deputy Director/Director, Philadelphia Police Department Integrity & Accountability Office (1997–2005); special advisor to the Sheriff, Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia (1992–1994); private practice (1990–1992); Investigative Producer, WCAU (1988–1990); Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia County District Attorney's Office (1986–1988); J.D., Temple University School of Law (1986); B.A., Temple University (1979); A.A., Montgomery County Community College (1977).

Christine Fizzano Cannon[6]

(1969-10-08) October 8, 1969 (age 52) in Media, Pennsylvania 2017 Republican First term 2027 October 8, 2044 Media Judge, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas (2012–2017); private practice (1994–2011); J.D., Widener University School of Law (1994); B.A., University of Arizona (1991).

Lori Dumas

(1967-12-02) December 2, 1967 (age 54) 2021 Democratic First term 2031 December 2, 2042 Philadelphia

Stacy Marie Wallace

(1971-03-21) March 21, 1971 (age 51) 2021[7] Republican First term 2031 March 21, 2046

Vacant [note 1]

Senior judges[edit]

  • Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter[8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A vacancy was created when President Judge P. Kevin Brobson was elevated to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on January 3, 2022.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  2. ^ "Judge Patricia A. McCullough | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "Judge Anne E. Covey | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  4. ^ "Judge Michael H. Wojcik | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  5. ^ "Judge Ellen Ceisler | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  6. ^ "Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  7. ^ "Stacy Wallace Sworn in as Newest Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge | News | News & Statistics | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  8. ^ "President Judge Emerita Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter | Commonwealth Court Judges | Commonwealth Court | Courts | Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania". www.pacourts.us. Retrieved January 17, 2022.

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