A Local Chamber of Commerce Renews Backing for Merit Selection

54e7781eaab6d.imageThe Lancaster (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce board of directors has renewed its backing for the merit selection of top judges in Pennsylvania, saying such a system “would promote stability and impartiality in our courts,” and make the commonwealth more attractive to businesses.

LancasterOnline.com reported the development. The state legislature is weighing a switch to the merit-based, appointive-and-retention-election system for choosing top judges, and the issue has drawn a higher profile in the wake of recent court scandals (see Gavel Grab). A costly election for the state Supreme Court in 2015 also has given supporters of merit selection more ammunition for their effort.