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Pennsylvania

Scott Douglas Gerber

in A Distinct Judicial Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896875 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765874.003.0025
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This chapter traces the history of judicial independence in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Constitution of 1790 provided well for an independent judiciary: the judiciary was made a separate branch of government; judicial tenure was for life during good behavior; and judicial salaries were to be “adequate,” and they could not be diminished during a judge's time in office. Indeed, again with the exception of the provision for removal by address, the 1790 Pennsylvania Constitution mirrored the 1787 federal Constitution in its treatment of the judiciary.

Keywords: Pennsylvania Constitution; independent judiciary; judicial power; removal by address

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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