There’s a good chance that when you arrive at your local courthouse, you won’t see your name on the judge’s name list.
That’s because county judges are not subject to the same requirements that govern the office of a state supreme court judge.
So, as with a state Supreme Court, county judges don’t have to file public financial disclosure forms that would require them to report their income.
Rather, they’re able to do so privately.
But the county court system is different than the state’s judicial system.
As a result, you might not even know that your name is on the county’s public court records, even if your name appears on the list.
That’s because a judge in the county is subject to a different set of requirements than a judge serving on the state supreme or county court.
In addition to not having to file financial disclosure reports, judges must file annual reports with the Pennsylvania Board of Judicial Conduct that detail how they spend their time, what they earn, and how they are paid.
If you know your name was on the court’s public records, you can ask your local county clerk for a copy of that annual report.
But you’ll have to do this at your own expense.
The report is not available online.
If you want to know more about the county courts, there are many resources available on the website of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court.