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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Pennsylvania

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 7 of Pennsylvania's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates should not:

  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.
  • Make statements that commit them with respect to cases or controversies likely to come before them.
  • Misrepresent their identity, qualifications, present position, or other fact.
  • Personally solicit or accept campaign funds or solicit publicly stated support.

Candidates may establish committees to secure and manage campaign funds and to obtain public statements of support for the candidates. Candidate committees may not solicit contributions earlier than thirty days prior to the first day for filing nominating petitions or the last day for filing a declaration of intention to seek retention.

In November 2002, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Canon 7 to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002), substituting the "commit clause" for the "announce clause" held unconstitutional in White.