WHO JUDGES the judge when he or she gets into trouble?
In Pennsylvania, judges at every level of the courts can face action from the state Supreme Court or the state Judicial Conduct Board, a separate court set up by the state Constitution.
They can also be impeached by the state House in a trial that requires a two-thirds vote of approval by the state Senate to remove the judge.
Chief Justice Ron Castille said his court has oversight of all courts and can suspend a judge with or without pay.
The Judicial Conduct Board's staff can also investigate the actions of judges, first with a preliminary inquiry based on a complaint and then with a full investigation if warranted. The board can file charges and then hold a hearing to consider them.
- Chris Brennan