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Parents > United States > Pennsylvania > Referenda > 2016 Referenda > Abolish Philadelphia Traffic Court
OfficeReferendum
Type Referendum
Filing Deadline January 01, 2016 - 07:00pm Central
Polls Open April 26, 2016 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close April 26, 2016 - 07:00pm Central
Term Start April 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Term End December 31, 9999 - 12:00pm
Turnout 29.72% Registered 19.36% Total Population
ContributorMr. Matt
Last ModifiedMr. Matt May 19, 2021 06:01pm
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Ballot question:
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to abolish the Philadelphia Traffic Court?

Plain English statement:
The purpose of the ballot question is to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to abolish the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia.

Presently, the Pennsylvania Constitution provides for the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia as part of the unified judicial system. If the ballot question were to be approved, the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia would be abolished by removing all references to the Traffic Court and the judges of the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia from the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Legislation enacted in 2013 transferred the functions performed by the Traffic Court to the Philadelphia Municipal Court. As a result, violations of the Vehicle Code previously adjudicated by the Traffic Court are presently being adjudicated by the Philadelphia Municipal Court. The proposed amendment would officially abolish the Traffic Court by removing all references to the Traffic Court and its judges from the Pennsylvania Constitution.

This ballot question is limited to whether the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia should be abolished. The ballot question would not amend any other provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution beyond the removal of all references to the Traffic Court and its judges.

The effect of the ballot question would be to abolish the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia.

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