Traffic Court prospects face legal challenges

Posted: March 21, 2013

IT'S a go-big-or-go-home campaign year for Philadelphia Traffic Court, with 23 of the 39 candidates for three open seats now facing legal challenges to their nomination petitions or financial-disclosure forms.

Candidates had to file petitions with at least 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the city by March 12.

The deadline to challenge those documents in Common Pleas Court was Tuesday at 5 p.m. A list of the challenged candidates can be found at

The Philadelphia City Commission on Wednesday will select ballot positions for the candidates, with a top position often the easiest path to victory.

Hearings on the legal challenges begin Friday.

Also on Friday, the state House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on two pieces of legislation approved last month by the state Senate to abolish Traffic Court. The first bill would eliminate the three vacant seats. The second bill would change the state Constitution to fold Traffic Court's duties into the city's Municipal Court.

The Senate acted two weeks after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against nine current or former Traffic Court judges in a massive ticket-fixing scheme.

Three of the judges have pleaded guilty.

" @ChrisBrennanDN


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