Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judicial Candidates Info. & Ratings

Judicial Candidates' Information 


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Local/Open Seat:

On November 2, 2021, a general election will be held for one open seat on the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County. The candidate for this general election, Marshall J. Piccinini, is listed below. He has provided his resume and answered a questionnaire regarding their background and qualifications, linked below.

The Erie County Bar Association asked its active members to rate the judicial candidate. In order to have a qualified ballot result, more than 50% of the members must cast a ballot. Unfortunately, the independent accounting firm of Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company did not receive the needed number of ballots by the March 31 deadline and as such, the results will not be published.


On November 2, 2021, a general election will be held regarding the retention of sitting Judge John J. Trucilla for an additional 10-year term on the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County.  His photograph along with his judicial biography is below. 

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, Art. 5, Section 15, judges of the Court of Common Pleas face retention elections following their initial 10-year term. After a judge has won an initial election, subsequent terms are attained through retention elections. In retention elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the judge in office for another 10-year term. If the judge receives more yes votes than no votes, he or she is successfully retained. If not, the judge is not retained, and there will be a vacancy in that court upon the expiration of that term. 

In August, the Erie County Bar Association will poll its Active members to receive their views as to whether Judge Trucilla should be retained.  The result will be posted once complete in late August/early September.

Marshall J. Piccinini

M. J. Piccinini Resume_1

M. J. Piccinini Questionnaire


Honorable John J. Trucilla

Judge Trucilla's Retention Statement