U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Court Unification as Constitutional Law: The Pennsylvania Experience

NCJ Number
Justice System Journal Volume: 16 Issue: 1 Dated: (1992) Pages: 123-135
J P Nase
Date Published
13 pages
Three Pennsylvania cases are examined to determine the implications of pursuing court unification through constitutional revision: County of Allegheny v. Commonwealth, Goodheart v. Casey, and Klein v. State Employees' Retirement System.
The decisions in three recent Pennsylvania cases demonstrate that a constitutional provision can have a considerable impact on substantive law. The case of Goodheart v. Casey, for example, shows that other constitutional provisions now will be construed in light of the unification clause and possibly alter their meaning in significant ways. Further, the unification provision itself can give rise to a body of substantive law. Additionally, these decisions demonstrate that a constitutional provision on unification allows a wide range of judicial administration concerns to be transformed into constitutional issues. 4 footnotes and 23 references