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How are judges elected in Pennsylvania?

PA Courts InfoShare

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June 19, 2017

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. 

The infographic below highlights information about Pennsylvania’s judicial districts, terms, elections and retention votes. Download a high-resolution version of the graphic. 

How are judges elected in Pennsylvania?

PA Courts InfoShare is a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited. 

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