The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is aided by select boards, committees, commissions and councils consisting of more than 180 appointed volunteers – most, but not all, are lawyers and judges.
The panels have a wide range of responsibilities and functions. Some make recommendations to the Court for amendments, revisions or simplification of court procedural rules. Others regulate the practice of law, oversee continuing legal education for lawyers and administer funds to assist individuals unable to pay for legal services. Still others advise on keeping the courts free of bias and discrimination and on long-range planning.
There are currently two vacancies on these panels:
- Criminal Rules Committee – Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure and are experienced in state criminal practice in Pennsylvania.
- Orphans’ Court Rules Committee – Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Orphans' Court rules and experienced in orphans' court practice in Pennsylvania.
Application information may be found on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website. Applications are due by October 31, 2019.