Pennsylvania’s constitution gives the state Supreme Court vast power over every aspect of the state’s courts, endowing it with “general supervisory and administrative authority over all the courts and justices of the peace.”

Usually, it zealously guards that power and the judicial branch’s independence. It has decreed that it, rather than the legislative or executive branches, has jurisdiction over lobbyists who also are lawyers, for example. And it regularly issues an array of rules covering judicial administration and policy from the district magisterial courts through the appellate level.

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