State jury commissioner debate heads back to court

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 3, 2013 3:59 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A state court in Harrisburg is trying to determine how to proceed now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out a law that let counties abolish the office of jury commissioner. 

A hearing has been scheduled for this morning in Commonwealth Court about what to do regarding the May 21 primary election.

The justices ruled March 14 that the 2011 law violated the state constitution's requirement that laws pertain to a single subject.

A court filing by the Department of State this week says 42 of the 56 counties that had jury commissioners abolished them after passage of the law.

The issue may become moot as state lawmakers are considering passing the law a second time.

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