Pa. high court upholds jury commissioner decision

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says races for the county offices of jury commissioner won’t appear on the primary ballot, allowing parties to decide who will be candidates in the fall election.

The high court’s one-sentence order Thursday upheld a Commonwealth Court judge who two weeks ago rejected a request by the jury commissioners’ organization to establish an expedited schedule for primary races.

The legal issue arose after the Supreme Court threw out a 2011 law that had let counties eliminate the office. Forty-two counties did so, but then the justices said the law violated a state constitutional provision restricting laws to a single subject.

This week the state Senate passed a replacement jury commissioner elimination bill. It’s pending in the House of Representatives.

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