JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
The Superior Court was established in 1895. It is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts. The Superior Court is often the final arbiter of legal disputes. The Supreme Court may grant a petition to review a decision of the Superior Court, but most petitions are denied and the ruling of the Superior Court stands. Cases are usually heard by panels of three judges sitting in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh, but may also be heard
by nine judges. The Superior Court often travels to locations throughout Pennsylvania to hear cases and is responsible for: Appeals in criminal and most civil cases from the Courts of Common Pleas Appeals on matters involving children and families The Superior Court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge of Superior Court is elected to a five-year term by his or her colleagues.
Term: 10 years
Salary: $188,337 (Vote for 1)
Victor P. Stabile (Republican)
Home address: Carlisle, PA Campaign Website: vicstabile.com Date of Birth: September 14, 1957 Candidate for: Superior Court of PA EDUCATION:1982, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Law Review 1979, SUNY Stonybrook,
B.A. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Partner and managing member
Dilworth Paxson LLP, Harrisburg, PA QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE: Over 30 years of significant trial and appellate experience, former Appellate Judicial Clerk, Former Deputy Attorney General, recognized for exemplary community and pro bono work.
Because of some public concern about the amount of money being spent on statewide judicial elections, would you support an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution changing the method of selecting statewide judges to a merit selection process? Why or why not?
I have been involved in both the election and merit selection of judges. While election may depend heavily on funding, merit selection may eliminate qualified candidates for political reasons. Neither system is a panacea. Some combination of the best parts of each system that enables the best qualified candidates to be selected by the citizens of Pennsylvania and provides a method for fair and accessible competition would, in my opinion, improve the current system of judicial selection.
Jack McVay, Jr. (Democrat)
, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 Business address: Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Pittsburgh, PA Email address email@example.com Date of Birth: June 28, 1956 Candidate for: Superior Court Judge EDUCATION: Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Science 1980 University of Pittsburgh
summer classes Duquesne University School of Law - Juris Doctorate 1984 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge, Family Division