Committees, Boards & Advisory Groups
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.
How to Get Involved
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. While most positions require legal training and experience, there are positions designated for non-attorneys as well. For attorney positions, the Court ordinarily considers applicants with at least seven years of relevant experience. 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.
|Committee, Board or Advisory Group||Deadline for Application||Membership Requirements|
|There are three vacancies on the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee.||Oct. 31, 2020||Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure and experienced in state criminal practice in Pennsylvania. One of these vacancies must be filled by a magisterial district judge who is also an attorney. more information|
|There is one vacancy on the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee.||Oct. 31, 2020||Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules and experienced in Orphans’ court practice in Pennsylvania. more information|
|There is one vacancy on the Continuing Legal Education Board.||Oct. 31, 2020||Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar with their primary residency in Pennsylvania. In addition, applicants should be knowledgeable about legal practice and procedures in Pennsylvania state or federal courts. more information|
Membership terms usually require a two-, four- or six-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 SCApplications@pacourts.us. If you are unable to email documents, send them to Diane Bowser at the address listed at the top right of this page.
All applications will be retained for two years. In the event that additional positions become open on the committee or board for which an application was submitted, those retained applications will be considered for those openings within the two-year period.
The application requires applicants to answer whether criminal charges or formal charges of professional misconduct have ever been filed against the applicant. Applicants must inform the Court if there are any changes to that answer during the two-year retention period. Applicants should submit that information through the same address used to file the application.
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.