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How are judges elected in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania judges are chosen in elections that occur in odd-numbered years. Some judges serve 10-year terms, while others serve for 6 years. Judges must be Pennsylvania residents and U.S. citizens, be at least 21 years-of-age and must retire no later than age 75. 

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ALERT: PA Supreme Court prothonotary’s office phone number is being used in consumer scam

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Office of the Prothonotary is warning people about a telephone scam being used to get money or personal information. 

The scam begins when the caller ID indicates the incoming call is coming from the PA Courts — (717) 787-6181. That is the prothonotary’s number, however, the identification is being used by scammers. The fraudulent callers may ask for money or personal information. 

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Pennsylvania and Virginia students earn top honors in NCSC’s Civics Education Essay Contest

Two Pennsylvania students took top honors in a National Center for State Courts annual civics education essay contest.

This year’s question was “What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen?” A record number of students nationwide participated — more than 700.

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