2010-05-20 / Local & State

Pa. To Save Money By Keeping Judge Jobs Vacant

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Ed Rendell has agreed to a cost-saving request from the state’s chief justice to stop appointing interim judges.

Rendell spokesman Gary Tuma says the governor will agree to the request that came in a letter last month from Chief Justice Ronald Castille.

Castille asked Rendell to leave openings vacant until next year’s elections because the court system is $30 million over budget for this year. Rendell agreed on the condition that he can appoint a judge if the county court convinces Castille it’s necessary.

There are currently 28 openings across the state. The confirmation process will continue for six nominees already seeking approval.

Tuma says the court will reconsider the request once next year’s budget is settled.

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