Pa. Senate to move on judge appointments

Greg Gross
  • Thirty people were nominated to fill 30 court vacancies across the state.
  • Christy Fawcett and Kathleen Prendergast were nominated to fill two vacancies in York County.

The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to quickly confirm more than two dozen nominees to fill statewide judge vacancies, including two in York County.

York City attorney Kathleen Prendergast and federal prosecutor Christy Fawcett were nominated to fill the two vacancies on the York County Court of Common Pleas bench, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Senate leadership announced last week.

Kathleen Prendergast

"I would suspect this could be concluded within the next 30 days," said Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township.

In March, Wolf put out an open call for applicants to come forward to fill the state's 30 open seats for county Court of Common Pleas, magisterial district court, state Supreme Court, state Superior Court and state Commonwealth Court.

Prendergast and Fawcett were selected after a regional advisory commission reviewed qualifications of all the candidates and presented their findings to Wolf, a Democrat from York County.

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The pair, along with the 28 other nominees for judge seats across the state, need to be confirmed by the Senate. Unlike the procedure to fill open seats on the U.S. Supreme Court, in the state process, the Senate doesn't have to hold hearings for appointees.

If Prendergast, 53, and Fawcett, 63, are confirmed by the Senate, they'd only serve through the end of 2017, the remainder of the unfilled terms. The posts will appear on the 2017 ballot.

Wagner said he's supportive of Prendergast and Fawcett filling the vacancies.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.