Pennsylvania Superior Court

Job Description: The Superior Court consists of fifteen judges.  The Superior Court has exclusive appellate jurisdiction of all appeals from final orders of the Courts of Common Pleas except such classes of appeals which fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme or Commonwealth Courts. The regular term of office is ten years. Regular sessions of the Superior Court are held in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Minimum Requirements: Prior to the November election, candidates must be
1. A resident of Pennsylvania for at least one year
2. A member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Bar at the time of filing his or her nomination petition for office.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Website

The Committee of Seventy does not endorse candidates.  However, in furtherance of our commitment to provide as much information as possible we will provide information on recommendations from credible sources.  

You can see copies of the candidate's nomination petitions by searching in the Department of State's Candidate Database.  

Official Candidates for the November 5 Election


Jack McVay2013.jpg  Jack McVay Jr. (D)

   Current Job: Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge
   Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
   Education: B.S. Duquesne University, J.D. Duquesne University Law School
   “Recommended” by the PA Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission






Victor Stabile2013.jpg  Victor Stabile (R)- Winner

   Current Job: Attorney, Dilworth Paxson
   Hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
   Education: B.S. State University of New York, J.D. Dickinson School of Law
   “Recommended” by the PA Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission




Note on Retention Elections: After serving an initial term, Pennsylvania judges stand for retention every 10 years (six years for Philadelphia Municipal Court judges) until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Retention elections allow you to choose whether or not a judge should remain on the bench for another term by voting "yes" or "no."

Retention Election

Susan Gantman - Retained
Jack Panella - Retained

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