Cutler Merit Selection Legislation Subject of House Judiciary Committee Public Hearing

WHAT: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing about two proposals put forth by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) to provide for merit selection, rather than election, of judges. 

  • House Bill 1815 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow the governor to appoint judges to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court, subject to the approval of the state Senate.
  • House Bill 1816 would create an Appellate Court Nominating Commission to review candidates for appellate court vacancies and present a list of the most qualified candidates to the governor for final selection. 

WHO: Cutler; Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; other members of the committee; Eric A. Tilles, Esq., president of the DELVACCA chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel; Kathleen D. Wilkinson, chancellor-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association; representatives from Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and PMCAction; K.O. Myers, director of research and programs for the American Judicature Society; Bishop Mary Floyd Palmer of the Samaritan Temple; Matthew Berg, director of state affairs for Justice at Stake; Charlotte Glauser, judicial specialist with the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania; and the Honorable Phyllis W. Beck, retired judge.

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kirby Auditorium of the National Constitution Center, located at 500 Arch St., Independence Mall in Philadelphia

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: A live webstream will be available at

Media contact: Nicole Wamsley, 717.783.8063,

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