Court appoints Panella to the Court of Judicial Discipline
September 24, 2013
HARRISBURG — The Supreme
Court of Pennsylvania has announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge
Jack A. Panella to the Court of Judicial Discipline.
Judge Panella, who has served on
the Superior Court since 2004, was appointed to a four-year term on the Court
of Judicial Discipline. Judge Panella previously served on the Court of
Judicial Discipline from 1997 to 2001, including one year as its president
judge. He then was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Judicial Conduct Board
and later was elected board chair.
He is the only judge to have
served as both president judge of the Court of Judicial Discipline, and chair
of the Judicial Conduct Board. Judge Panella also is the only jurist to serve
two terms on the Court of Judicial Discipline.
Judge Panella’s election to
Superior Court followed 12 years as a trial judge in Northampton County.
“Jack has served the people of
Northampton County and the state of Pennsylvania well for several years and
will be an outstanding addition to the Court of Judicial Discipline,” Chief
Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said. “He is a proven leader with
outstanding credentials to serve in Pennsylvania’s judiciary disciplinary
The Court of Judicial Discipline and the Judicial Conduct
Board were created by constitutional amendment in 1993 as independent state
agencies. The Conduct Board receives
and investigates complaints of misconduct concerning Pennsylvania’s jurists. If
the board determines that probable cause exists, it then files formal charges
against a jurist with the Court of Judicial Discipline.
The court has authority to impose sanctions ranging from
reprimand to removal from office if the formal charges are sustained. It
consists of eight members, four of whom are appointed by the Supreme Court and
four of whom are appointed by the governor. Members serve four-year