The Supreme Court 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.
The Supreme Court welcomes interest from members of the public in serving on its advisory boards and independent agencies within the judiciary. The Supreme Court is committed to ensuring diversity in its appointments. Available positions are featured in the chart below and are updated at the beginning of each month as vacancies occur. The number of vacancies per year varies, but usually there are about 20. Mid-term vacancies will be posted. Click on the committee, board or commission to learn more about it.
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|The Court of Judicial Discipline||June 30, 2017||
The open position is for a judge-member. The applicant cannot be registered in the Republican party, in order to maintain the constitutional requirement that no more than two members appointed by the Supreme Court may be registered in the same political party. more information
Membership terms usually require a two-, three- or four-year commitment, with a possibility for reappointment for a second term for some bodies.
The time commitment varies by entity. For example, most Rules Committees meet three-to-four times a year at locations throughout the state. Meetings generally last from one to one and one-half days.
If you would like to be considered to serve on a board, committee, advisory group or related independent entity, email the application, cover letter, resume and other pertinent information expressing your reasons of interest to the email address listed to the right. It can also be found on the application. If you are unable to email documents, send them to Diane Bowser at the address listed to the right.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania appreciates your desire to participate in this service. There is no compensation for service. All inquiries will receive thoughtful and careful consideration based on the need for specific experience and expertise.
Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
Advisory Board Membership
Attn: Diane Bowser
1515 Market St., Suite 1414
Philadelphia, PA 19102