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Magisterial District Judge replacement process

March 31, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The vacancy created by the death Wednesday of Magisterial District Judge Larry K. Meminger will be filled through an appointment by the governor, according to the Constitution of Pennsylvania.

The constitution states Gov. Ed Rendell's appointment must be approved by a majority of the state Senate.

Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said the person appointed will serve a two-year term. Although Meminger's term would have expired at the end of 2009, the office will now be up for election in 2007 for a full six-year term, Byers said.

Art Heinz of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts said Meminger's caseload can either be divided among the county's six other district judges, or a retired senior district judge can serve on a temporary basis.

District Judge Larry Pentz of Waynesboro, Pa., said the other judges will take turns running the office until a senior judge is sent by the state.

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