HARRISBURG – Tioga County Rep. Clint Owlett has introduced a bill aimed at empowering voters and ensuring greater accountability among the state’s jurists. House Bill 1898 would amend the state Constitution to provide consistency in the terms of office for PA judges by establishing a uniform six-year term for all levels of jurists. Currently, magisterial district judges and other minor court judges are elected to six-year terms, while judges in the Courts of Common Pleas, Commonwealth and Superior Courts, and the PA Supreme Court serve 10-year terms. Because the measure requires an amendment to the Constitution, the measure will have to be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions and then be put before the voters in a referendum.

REP. CLINT OWLETT