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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 2119 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE 

NO. 242
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 14th day of April, 2014, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 2119 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 705.1, Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 454, and Proposed Revisions to the Comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 455 and 704

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopt new Rule 705.1 (Restitution), amend Rule 454 (Trial in Summary Cases), and revise the Comments to Rules 455 (Trial in Defendant’s Absence) and 704 (Procedure at Time of Sentencing) to standardize the procedures by which restitution is awarded in criminal cases. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee’s considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee’s Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee’s Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.

The text of the proposed amendments to the rules precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.

We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, May 30, 2014.

April 9, 2014
BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Thomas P. Rogers, Chair
Jeffrey M. Wasileski
Counsel

 

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES

RECOMMENDATION 126

REPUBLICATION

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to recommend that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to domestic relations matters as set forth herein. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Notes and explanatory comments which appear with proposed amendments have been inserted by the committee for the convenience of those using the rules. Reports, notes and comments will not constitute part of the rules and will not be officially adopted or promulgated by the Supreme Court.

The committee solicits and welcomes comments and suggestions from all interested persons prior to submission of this proposal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Please submit written comments no later than Friday, August 1, 2014 directed to:

Patricia A. Miles, Esquire
Counsel, Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717 231-9531
E-mail:  domesticrules@pacourts.us

Deleted material is bold and [bracketed].  New material is bold and underlined.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee

Carol S. Mills McCarthy, Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes to recommend amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 1513. This proposal is being submitted for public comments, suggestions, and concerns prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Proposed new material is underlined and in bold face type and deleted material is bracketed and in bold face type.

All communications in reference to the proposed amendment should be sent no later than May 16, 2014 to:

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-2635
or Fax to
717-231-9551
or E-Mail to
appellaterules@pacourts.us

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendment and has been inserted by this Committee for the convenience of the bench and bar.  It will not constitute part of the rule nor will it be officially adopted or promulgated.

By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

Honorable Renée Cohn Jubelirer
Chair

 

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1925 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 241
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 18th day of March, 2014, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of justice:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1925 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective April 18, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

THE DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA [204 PA. CODE]



Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING COMMENT TO RULE 120 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 632
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of March, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3); and an Explanatory Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to the comment to Rule 120 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are approved in the attached form.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 3111, 3129.3, AND 3135 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 593
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of March, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 6130 (September 29, 2012):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 3111, 3129.3, and 3135 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended in the attached form.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective April 7, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 214 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT 

NO. 124 
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of March, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of justice pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 214 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING A NOTE TO RULE 1930.4(c) OF THE  PENNSYLVANIA  RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 592 
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of March, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Note to Rule 1930.4(c) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on April 3, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: Promulgation of Rules of Judicial Administration 250, 251, and 252 

Reasonable Accommodations Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act 

No. 422
Judicial Administration Docket

ORDER 

PER CURIAM:
AND NOW, this 3rd day of March, 2014, the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of justice and efficient administration, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration 250, 251, and 252 are promulgated.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b) and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISION TO THE COMMENT TO PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF EVIDENCE 802

NO. 631
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of February, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules of Evidence; the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa. B. 210 (January 12, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 802 is revised.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective April 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULE 574 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 

NO. 446
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of February, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 210 (January 12, 2013),and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 574 is adopted. 

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective April 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 528 and 535

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rule 528 (Monetary Condition for Release of Bail) and Rule 535 (Receipt for Deposit; Return of Deposit) to provide (1) procedures for applying bail monies that would be returnable to the defendant after full and final disposition of the case to the defendant’s outstanding restitution, court fees, fine, and costs in the current case and (2) notice to depositors to warn of the possibility of the loss of security deposited. This Supplemental Report explains the proposed changes to the original proposal that were made in response to communications to the Committee from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania after publication of our original explanatory Report. This revised proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The following explanatory Supplemental Report highlights the Committee's considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee's Supplemental Report should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also, note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee's Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.

The text of the proposed amendments to the rules precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.

We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.
January 29, 2014

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Thomas P. Rogers, Chair

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 1036,

Proposed Amendment to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 105, 1000, 1031-1035, and 1037, and Proposed Revision of the Comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 103, 140, 141, 431, 441, 462 1001, 1002, and 1030

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopt new Rule 1036, amend Rules 105, 1000, 1031-1035, and 1037 and revise the Comments to Rules 103, 140, 141, 431, 441, 462 1001, 1002, and 1030 to accommodate the transfer of functions from the Philadelphia Traffic Court to the Philadelphia Municipal Court Traffic Division. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee’s considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee’s Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee’s Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.

The text of the proposed amendments to the rules precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.

We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.
January 29, 2014

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Thomas P. Rogers, Chair

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 514(a) AND 514(b) OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

NO. 123
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of January, 2014, upon submission by the Board of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security; the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa.B. 4967 (August 31, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 514(a) and 514(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days for claims currently pending with the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security, claims filed with the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security on or after the above date and, awards approved by the Board of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security after the effective date of this Order.

Mr. Chief Justice Castille files a dissenting statement.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 108 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES FOR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

NO. 626
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of January, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 108 of the Pennsylvania Rules for Continuing Legal Education  is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b).  These amendments apply to the one-year compliance period beginning on May 1, 2014, and to all compliance periods commencing thereafter.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ELECTRONIC FILING SYSTEM IN THE APPELLATE COURTS 

NO. 418
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 6th day of January, 2014, the Order dated October 24, 2012, is amended:

AND NOW, this 24th day of October, 2012, electronic filing of appellate court filings through the PACFile appellate court electronic filing system is hereby authorized.  The use of the PACFile system shall not affect the form or content of documents to be filed. The applicable general rules of court and court policies that implement the rules shall continue to apply to all filings regardless of the method of filing.  After experience is gained with electronic filing, the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure shall be amended to incorporate, where needed and as appropriate, procedures relating specifically to electronic filing and service of documents.  In the interim, electronic filing and service shall be governed by this Order.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

Proposed Recommendation No. 259

Proposed Amendment of Rule 234.1 Governing Subpoenas to Attend and Testify

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposes that Rule of Civil Procedure 234.1 governing subpoenas to attend and testify be amended as set forth herein.  The proposed recommendation is being submitted to the bench and bar for comments and suggestions prior to its submission to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.All communications in reference to the proposed recommendation should be sent no later than February 28, 2014 to:

Karla M. Shultz
Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX 717-231-9526
civilrules@pacourts.us


To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes to amend Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 120, 121, 907, 1112, 1311, and 3304.  The amendment is being submitted to the bench and bar for comments and suggestions prior to its submission to the Supreme Court.

Proposed new material is underlined while deleted material is bracketed.

All communications in reference to the proposed amendment should be sent no later than February 24, 2014 to:

Dean R. Phillips, Chief Counsel
D. Alicia Hickok, Deputy Counsel
Scot Withers, Deputy Counsel
Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-2635
or Fax to
717-231-9551
or E-Mail to
appellaterules@pacourts.us

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendment and has been inserted by this Committee for the convenience of the bench and bar.  It will not constitute part of the rule nor will it be officially adopted or promulgated.

By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 771  
Comment Revision to Pa.R.Crim. 471 

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopt new Rule 771 (Disposition Report to the Department of Transportation) to require that the court case dispositions required by 75 Pa.C.S. §6323 to be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation be done so electronically and revise the Comment to Rule 471 (Disposition Report) to remove an archaic provision. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee’s considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee’s Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee’s Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.

The text of the proposed amendments to the rule precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.

We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: 717-231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.
January 10, 2014

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL
RULES COMMITTEE:
Thomas P. Rogers, Chair

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 431, 452, 456, and 461

INTRODUCTION 

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rules 431 (Procedures When Defendant Arrested with Warrant), 452 (Collateral), and 461 (Stays) to provide guidance for the setting of collateral in summary cases and to amend Rule 456 (Default Procedures: Restitution, Fines, and Costs) to set a time limit for when a payment determination hearing must be held. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee’s considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee’s Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee’s Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.

The text of the proposed amendments to the rules precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.

We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.
January 21, 2014

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL
RULES COMMITTEE:
Thomas P. Rogers, Chair

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING THE AMENDMENT TO RULE 550 AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO RULE 591 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 

NO. 445
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 6th day of January, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 4210 (July 27, 2013), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 68), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

 IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 550 is adopted and the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 591 is approved. 

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective March 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE
Proposed Recommendation No. 257 
Proposed Amendment of Rule 229

Governing Discontinuances

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposes that Rule of Civil Procedure 229 governing discontinuances be amended as set forth herein. The proposed recommendation is being submitted to the bench and bar for comments and suggestions prior to its submission to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

All communications in reference to the proposed recommendation should be sent no later than February 28, 2014 to:

Karla M. Shultz
Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg PA 17106-2635
FAX 717-231-9526
civilrules@pacourts.us

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

Proposed Recommendation No. 258 
Proposed Rescission of Rule 211
Governing Oral Argument

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposes that Rule of Civil Procedure 211 governing oral argument be rescinded as set forth herein. The proposed recommendation is being submitted to the bench and bar for comments and suggestions prior to its submission to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

All communications in reference to the proposed recommendation should be sent no later than February 28, 2014 to:

Karla M. Shultz
Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg PA 17106-2635
FAX 717-231-9526
civilrules@pacourts.us

To view a copy of the proposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: RESCISSION OF FORMER CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT AND ADOPTION OF CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT OF 2014 

NO. 419
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 8th day of January, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the existing provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct are rescinded effective July 1, 2014, and new Canons 1 through 4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 and the corresponding Rules are adopted.

To the extent that notice of proposed rulemaking would otherwise be required by Pa.R.J.A. No. 103, the immediate promulgation of the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 is found to be in the interests of justice and efficient administration.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 shall be effective on July 1, 2014.  A person to whom the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 becomes applicable shall comply with all provisions of that Code by July 1, 2014 except for Rules 3.4, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.11;  such persons shall comply with Rules 3.4, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.11 as soon as reasonably possible and shall do so in any event by July 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ADOPTION OF RULE 1910 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 

NO. 420
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 8th day of January, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1910 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration is adopted.

To the extent that notice of proposed rulemaking may be required by Pa.R.J.A. No. 103, the immediate promulgation of Pa.R.J.A. No. 1910 is found to be in the interest of efficient administration.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on July 1, 2014.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes to recommend amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 311 and 341, and the notes of Pa.R.A.P. 311 and 904.  This proposal is being submitted for public comments, suggestions and concerns prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Proposed new material is underlined and in bold face type and deleted material is bracketed and in bold face type.

All communications in reference to the proposed amendment should be sent no later than February 14, 2014 to:

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-2635
or Fax to
(717) 231-9551
or E-Mail to
appellaterules@pacourts.us

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendment and has been inserted by this Committee for the convenience of the bench and bar.  It will not constitute part of the rule nor will it be officially adopted or promulgated.

By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

Honorable Renée Cohn Jubelirer
Chair

To view a copy of the purposed rule change click here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 313, 506 AND 507 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 367
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET
AMENDED ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 20th day of December, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa.B. 3470 (June 29, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 313, 506 and 507 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Actions and Proceedings Before Magisterial District Judges are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on February 20, 2014.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1033 AND RULE 2232 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 591
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 20th day of December, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published at 42 Pa.B. 6244 (October 6, 2012):


IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1033 and Rule 2232 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective January 23, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULE 513.1, AMENDING RULE 513 AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENTS TO RULES 540 AND 547 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 

NO. 443
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of December, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 37 Pa.B. 4178 (August 4, 2007), 37 Pa.B. 6392 (December 8, 2007), and 38 Pa.B. 5747 (October 18, 2008), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vols. 926, 934, and 955), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that new Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 513.1 is promulgated, the amendments to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 513 are adopted, and the revisions to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 540 and 547 are approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective March 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 125 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 240
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW
, this 20th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 125 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 506, 818, 820, 1016, 1018 AND THE OFFICIAL NOTE TO RULE 1019, AND ADOPTING RULE 519.1 OF THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 366
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 20th day of December, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa.B. 3085 (June 8, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 506, 818, 820, 1016, and 1018 of the Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Actions and Proceedings Before Magisterial District Judges are amended, the Official Note to Rule 1019 is amended, and Rule 519.1 is adopted.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on February 20, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 301 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ADMISSION RULES

NO. 618
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED,pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 301 of the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING THE COMMENTS TO RULES 150 AND 1150 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 619
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED,pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Comments to Rules 150 and 1150 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING THE NOTE TO RULE 3.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ORPHANS’ COURT RULES

NO. 620
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED,pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Note to Rule 3.1 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING THE NOTE TO RULE 120 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 239
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Note to Rule 120 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 207 OF THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES 

NO. 365
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 207 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Actions and Proceedings Before Magisterial District Judges is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING THE COMMENTS TO RULES 120 AND 801 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 442
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration, and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that amendments of the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 120 and 801 are approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1012.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 590
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 38 Pa.B. 5591 (October 11, 2008):

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1012.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 10, 2014.

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Commonwealth Court

Revised Internal Operating Procedures of the Commonwealth Court


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 205 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ADMISSION RULES

NO. 617
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 20th day of November, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Board of Law Examiners, the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 1699 (March 30, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 205 of the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments shall be effective 30 days from the date of this Order.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO RULE 645 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 441
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of November, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 2304 (April 27, 2013), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 645 is adopted.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective January 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1973 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 238
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of November, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of justice and efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1973 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective December 20, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULES 4001 THROUGH 4007 AND AMENDING RULE 1925 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 237
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 15th day of November, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 1700 (March 30, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that
(1) new Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 4001 through 4007 are adopted; and
(2) Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1925 is amended.

This ORDERshall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: Amendment of §81.501(e), §81.501(g) and §81.502(a) of the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Regulations for Pro Hac Vice Admission

NO. 121
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 30th day of October, 2013, IT IS ORDERED that Sections 81.501(e), 81.501(g) and 81.502(a) of the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Regulations (Pennsylvania Code Title 204, Part V, Subpart A, Chapter 81, Subchapter D, Sections 81.501(e) and (g) and Section 81.502(a)) are hereby amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULE 151 AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO RULE 150 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 439
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of October, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 5164 (August 11, 2012), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that new Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 151 is adopted and the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 150 is approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective January 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1013 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 440
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of October, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of justice and efficient administration, and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 1013 is adopted.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 648

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rule 648 (Verdicts) to standardize the practice of requiring juries to make specific verdicts as to essential facts as required under United States v. Alleyne, ___ U.S.___, 133 S.Ct. 2151 (2013). This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee’s considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee’s Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee’s Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.

The text of the proposed amendments to the rules precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.

We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, December 6, 2013.
October 22, 2013
BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Nancy L. Butts, Chair
Jeffrey M. Wasileski
Counsel

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 206.1, 206.4, AND 206.5 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 588
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of October, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 39 Pa.B. 7183 (December 26, 2009):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 206.1, 206.4, and 206.5 are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective November 21, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1120, 1150, 1151, 1200, 1608, 1609, AND 1613, RENUMBERING RULE 1613 TO 1631, AND ADOPTING NEW RULES 1610, 1611, 1634, AND 1635 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 616
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of October, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 7257 (December 1, 2012), in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 54, No. 3, November 30, 2012), and on the Supreme Court’s web-page, and an Explanatory Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rules 1120, 1150, 1151, 1200, 1608, 1609, and 1613; the renumbering of Rule 1613 to Rule 1631; and the adoption of new Rules 1610, 1611, 1634, and 1635 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective December 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: PROMULGATION OF FINANCIAL REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO 42 Pa.C.S. § 3502(a)

No. 414
Judicial Administration Docket

ORDER
PER CURIAM:
And now, this 17th day of October, 2013, it is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10(c) of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and Section 3502(a) of the Judicial Code, 42 Pa.C.S. § 3502(a), that the Court Administrator of Pennsylvania is authorized to promulgate the Financial Regulations. The costs outlined in the Financial Regulations are effective as of January 1, 2014.

To the extent that notice of proposed rule-making may be required by Pa.R.J.A. No.103, the immediate promulgation of the regulations is hereby found to be in the interests of efficient administration.

This Order is to be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b) and is effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: PROMULGATION OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEX PURSUANT TO 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 1725.1(f) and 3571(c)(4)

No. 413
Judicial Administration Docket

ORDER
PER CURIAM:
And now, this 17th day of October, 2013, it is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10(c) of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and Section 3502(a) of the Judicial Code, 42 Pa.C.S. § 3502(a), that the Court Administrator of Pennsylvania is authorized to obtain and publish in the Pennsylvania Bulletin the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for calendar year 2012 as required by Act 96 of 2010, 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 1725.1(f) and 3571(c)(4)(as amended).

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

Publication Notice

With respect to rules regarding adoptions, the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is recommending new Supreme Court Orphans’ Court Rules 15.2, 15.7, 15.9, 15.10, 15.14, 15.15, 15.16, 15.17, 15.18, 15.19, and 15.21, as well as amending and renumbering current Rules 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4, 15.5, 15.6, 15.7, 15.8, and 15.9. Pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration 103(a)(1), these proposed new rules and amendments to current rules are being published for comment.

This is the second publication of proposed new and amended adoption rules. A prior version was published in June of 2011 with a comment period that ended on August 10, 2011. Many comments were received in response to that initial publication. The received comments were carefully reviewed and thoroughly considered, and changes were made to the initial version of proposed new adoption rules. Prior to the Committee submitting this revised proposal to the Supreme Court as a Recommendation, the Committee wanted to publish the revised proposal for additional concerns, comments and suggestions.

Proposed new rule numbers and rule additions are underlined. Proposed new rules are so indicated underneath the rule’s title, rather than having the entire text underlined. Deletions are contained in bolded brackets.

For the convenience of the bench and bar, the Committee has prepared an Explanatory Report which summarizes the proposal. Please note that the Committee’s Explanatory Report should not be confused with the official Explanatory Comments that accompany certain rules. Also be aware that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee’s Explanatory Comments or the contents of the Explanatory Report.

All communications concerning the proposed new and amended adoption rules should be sent no later than Friday, December 27, 2013, to:

Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel
Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg PA 17106-2635
FAX 717-231-9555


e-mail: orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us

By the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

Margaret Gallagher Thompson, Chair

 

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 3121 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 235
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of August, 2013, the proposal having not been published in the interests of justice and efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 3121 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 402 AND THE OFFICIAL NOTE TO RULE 341 OF THE MINOR COURT CIVIL RULES

NO. 364
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 26th day of September, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 7007 (November 10, 2012):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 402 and the Official Note to Rule 341 are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective December 25, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF THE NOTE TO RULE 1910.10 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 587
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

PER CURIAM
ORDER AND NOW, this 16th day of September, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Note to Rule 1910.10 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on October 16, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 2140 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 236
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 6th day of September, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 7247 (December 1, 2012):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 2140 is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective October 7, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 207 OF THE MINOR COURT CIVIL RULES

NO. 363
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET

ORDER 
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 6th day of September, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa.B 2136 (April 20, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 207 of the Minor Court Civil Rules is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 7, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES
AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS MATTERS
DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE
RECOMMENDATION 127

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to recommend that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to domestic relations matters as set forth herein. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Notes and explanatory comments which appear with proposed amendments have been inserted by the committee for the convenience of those using the rules. Reports, notes and comments will not constitute part of the rules and will not be officially adopted or promulgated by the Supreme Court.

The committee solicits and welcomes comments and suggestions from all interested persons prior to submission of this proposal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Please submit written comments no later than Friday, February 14, 2014 directed to:

Patricia A. Miles, Esquire
Counsel, Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9531
E-mail: domesticrules@pacourts.us

Deleted material is bold and [bracketed]. New material is bold and underlined.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee

Carol S. Mills McCarthy, Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes to recommend amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 1972 and 2542. This proposal is being submitted for public comments, suggestions, and concerns prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Proposed new material is underlined and in bold face type and deleted material is bracketed and in bold face type.

All communications in reference to the proposed amendment should be sent no later than October 16, 2013 to:

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-2635
or Fax to
717-231-9551
or E-Mail to
appellaterules@pacourts.us

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendment and has been inserted by this Committee for the convenience of the bench and bar. It will not constitute part of the rule nor will it be officially adopted or promulgated.

By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

Honorable Renée Cohn Jubelirer
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES 

AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS MATTERS 

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 
RECOMMENDATION 126

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to recommend that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to domestic relations matters as set forth herein. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Notes and explanatory comments which appear with proposed amendments have been inserted by the committee for the convenience of those using the rules. Reports, notes and comments will not constitute part of the rules and will not be officially adopted or promulgated by the Supreme Court.

The committee solicits and welcomes comments and suggestions from all interested persons prior to submission of this proposal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Please submit written comments no later than Friday, February 14, 2014 directed to:

Patricia A. Miles, Esquire
Counsel, Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9531
E-mail: domesticrules@pacourts.us

Deleted material is bold and [bracketed]. New material is bold and underlined.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee

Carol S. Mills McCarthy, Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 3121 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE 

NO. 235
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of August, 2013, the proposal having not been published in the interests of justice and efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 3121 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1008 AND 1013 OF THE MINOR COURT CIVIL RULES

NO. 362
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 16th day of August, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1008 and 1013 of the Minor Court Civil Rules are amended in the attached form.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective September 15, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 209, 403 AND 410 OF THE MINOR COURT CIVIL RULES

NO. 361

MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 14th day of August, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 8 (January 5, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 209, 403 and 410 of the Minor Court Civil Rules are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on September 13, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE:AMENDMENT OF RULES 1915.1, 1915.3, 1915.4-1, 1915.4-2, 1915.4-3, 1915.5, 1915.6, 1915.7, 1915.10, 1915.11, 1915.12, 1915.13, 1915.14, 1915.15, 1915.16 and 1915.25 AND ADOPTION OF RULES 1915.3-1, 1915.11-2, 1915.17, 1915.19 and 1915.21 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 586
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of August, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 41 Pa.B. 3719 (July 9, 2011) and West’s Pennsylvania Reporter, 19 A.3d No. 4, Ct.R-3-28 (July 8, 2011):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1915.1, 1915.3, 1915.4-1, 1915.4-2, 1915.4-3, 1915.5, 1915.6, 1915.7, 1915.10, 1915.11, 1915.12, 1915.13, 1915.14, 1915.15, 1915.16 and 1915.25 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended and Rules 1915.3-1, 1915.11-2, 1915.17, 1915.19 and 1915.21 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are adopted.

Mr. Justice Saylor differs with the Court’s decision to redefine “relocations,” for purposes of 23 Pa.C.S. §5337, to exclude uncontested relocations. See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.17(c). In Justice Saylor’s view, the General Assembly obviously considered consensual relocations to be “relocations,” under 23 Pa.C.S. §5337, since the Legislature has specified that consent serves as a basis pursuant to which a relocation may occur, see 23 Pa.C.S. §5337(b) (“No relocation shall occur unless . . . every individual who has custody rights to the child consents to the proposed relocation; or . . . the court approves the proposed relocation.” (emphasis added)), and required formal confirmation of a child’s relocation where no objection is filed, see id. §5337(e). Justice Saylor also dissents relative to the partial suspension of the statute setting forth the duties and responsibilities of a guardian ad litem, and corresponding changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure. See Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1915.11(a), 1915.11-2 & Note (reflecting the partial suspension of 23 Pa.C.S. §5334), 1915.25 (same).

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on September 3, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULES 840-845, AMENDING RULES 568, 800, 807, AND 809 AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO RULE 808OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 437
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 31st day of July, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 6254(October 6, 2012), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that new Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 840 through 845 and the amendments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 568, 800, 807, and 809 are adopted and the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 808 is approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISIONS TO THE COMMENTS TO RULES 409, 414, 424, 454, AND 455 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 436
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULESDOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 17th day of July, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 6529 (October 13, 2012), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:

IT IS ORDEREDpursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the revisions to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 409, 414, 424, 454, and 455 are approved in the attached form.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective August 17, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 47TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 300
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
AND NOW, this 3rd day of July, 2013, the Order dated January 18, 2013 that Reestablished the Magisterial Districts of the 47th Judicial District (Cambria County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is hereby AMENDED as follows: The elimination of Magisterial District 47-3-04, shall be effective January 6, 2014. The Order of January 18, 2013 shall remain in effect in all other respects.

Ronald D. Castille
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 302
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
AND NOW, this 3rd day of July, 2013, the Order dated January 24, 2013 that Reestablished the Magisterial Districts of the 15th Judicial District (Chester County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is hereby AMENDED as follows: The elimination of Magisterial District 15-2-05, shall be effective January 6, 2014. The Order of January 24, 2013 shall remain in effect in all other respects.

Ronald D. Castille
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 18TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 304
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
AND NOW, this 3rd day of July, 2013, the Order dated January 31, 2013 that Reestablished the Magisterial Districts of the 18th Judicial District (Clarion County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is hereby AMENDED as follows: West Highland Township, included in Magisterial District 18-3-02 shall be listed as Highland Township. In addition, Emlenton Borough included in Magisterial District 18-3-03, is hereby removed. The Order of January 31, 2013 shall remain in effect in all other respects.

Ronald D. Castille
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 39TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 308
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
AND NOW, this 3rd day of July, 2013, the Order dated February 11, 2013 that Reestablished the Magisterial Districts of the 39th Judicial District (Franklin and Fulton Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is hereby AMENDED as follows: Orrstown Borough and Shippensburg Borough shall be in Magisterial District 45-3-04, instead of Magisterial District 45-3-03. The Order of February 11, 2013 shall remain in effect in all other respects.

Ronald D. Castille
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 36TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 315
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER
AND NOW, this 3rd day of July, 2013, the Order dated February 25, 2013 that Reestablished the Magisterial Districts of the 36th Judicial District (Beaver County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is hereby AMENDED as follows: Ellwood City Borough shall be included in Magisterial District 36-3-01. The Order of February 25, 2013 shall remain in effect in all other respects.

Ronald D. Castille
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 120, 220, 221, 231, 240, 610 AND 612 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 605
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 28th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3); and an Explanatory Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rules 120, 220, 221, 231, 240, 610 and 612 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER REVISING THE COMMENT TO RULE 519OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 435
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of July, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of justice and efficient administration, and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 519 is approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective August 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER REVISING THE COMMENT TO RULE 1013OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 434
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of July, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of justice and efficient administration, and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 1013 is approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective August 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 1915.4-4 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

No. 582
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 1660 (March 31, 2012) and republished for additional public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 6246 (October 6, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1915.4-4 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on July 25, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 1915.3-1 AND AMENDING RULE 1915.4 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 583
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 7408 (December 8, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1915.3-1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted and Rule 1915.4 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on July 25, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 1901.8 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 584
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 3722 (June 30, 2012) and republished for additional public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 6245 (October 6, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1901.8 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on July 25, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 120 AND 1120 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 603
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3); and an Explanatory Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rules 120 and 1120 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective January 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 3331 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 233
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 13th day of June, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interest of efficient administration:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 3331 is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendment herein shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 3rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 358
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of June 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 3rd Judicial District (Northampton County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 03-2-07, within Northampton County, to be effective January 4, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 03-2-03, 03-2-05, 03-2-06, 03-2-08, 03-2-10, 03-2-11, 03-3-01, 03-3-02, and 03-3-03, within Northampton County, to be effective January 4, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 03-1-04, 03-2-01, 03-2-04, 03-2-09, and 03-2-12, within Northampton County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 701 OF THE RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 411
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of June, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of justice and efficient administration, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 701 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administrationis amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 313, 901 and 1516 AND ADOPTING NEW RULE 1573 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 232
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 1360 (March 17, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 313, 901 and 1516 are amended and that proposed new Rule 1573 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective July 4, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 587 AND REVISING THE COMMENTS TO RULES 580 AND 605OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 431
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 1369 (March 17, 2012), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the amendments to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 587 are adopted and the revisions to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 580 and 605 are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective July 4, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 1930.8 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
NO. 580
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 5th day of June, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 6247 (October 6, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1930.8 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on July 5, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF THE INTERNAL OPERATING PROCEDURES OF THE SUPREME COURT

NO. 409
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 31st day of May, 2013, IT IS ORDERED that the Internal Operating Procedures of the Supreme Court are amended. The amendments shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1114, 1702 AND 3316 AND ADOPTING NEW RULES 1704 AND 3341 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 231
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 31st day of May, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 1114, 1702 and 3316 are amended and that new Rules 1704 and 3341 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure are adopted.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 5th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 357
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 3rd day of June 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 5th Judicial District (Allegheny County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 05-2-43, 05-3-06 and 05-3-13, within Allegheny County, to be effective October 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 05-2-01, 05-2-02, 05-2-03, 05-2-04, 05-2-05, 05-2-06, 05-2-07, 05-2-08, 05-2-10, 05-2-11, 05-2-12, 05-2-13, 05-2-14, 05-2-15, 05-2-16, 05-2-17, 05-2-18, 05-2-19, 05-2-20, 05-2-21, 05-2-22, 05-2-23, 05-2-25, 05-2-26, 05-2-27, 05-2-28, 05-2-31, 05-2-32, 05-2-35, 05-2-36, 05-2-38, 05-2-40, 05-2-42, 05-2-47, 05-3-02, 05-3-03, 05-3-04, 05-3-05, 05-3-09, 05-3-10, 05-3-12, 05-3-14, and 05-3-17, within Allegheny County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: RESCISSION OF DIRECTIVE TO ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES APPOINTED BY THE SUPREME COURT

No. 407
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of May, 2013, it appearing that Paragraph (5) of the Directive adopted on April 11, 1986 is obsolete, see No. 55 Judicial Administration Docket No. 1 (April 11, 1986), it is hereby ORDERED that Paragraph (5) of the Directive is rescinded, and the Administrative Judges who preside over and administer a division of a court which has three or more judges are no longer required to maintain monthly work records regarding the performance of each judge within the division as set forth in Paragraph (5). This Order shall be effective immediately.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ADOPTION OF RULES 1907.1 AND 1907.2 OF THE RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 408
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 28th day of May, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of justice and efficient administration, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1907.1 and 1907.2 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administrationare adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

WESTERN DISTRICT

IN RE: ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGES TO SERVE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
No. 406 Judicial Administration Docket

ORDER
AND NOW, this 22nd day of May, 2013, pursuant to Article V, Section 10(a) of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Honorable Edward J. Borkowski, the Honorable Michael A. Della Vecchia, and the Honorable Paul F. Lutty, Jr., of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, the 5th Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in addition to their duties within Allegheny County, are assigned to serve in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, the 27th Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to be effective January 1, 2013. Such assignment shall continue until further order of this Court.

Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 103 OF THE RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION GOVERNING THE PROCEDURE FOR ADOPTION, FILING, AND PUBLISHING RULES

NO. 403
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 14th day of May, 2013, the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of justice and efficient administration, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 103 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 1921, 1926, 1931, 1951 AND 1952 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 227
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of May, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 40 Pa.B. 2741 (May 29, 2010) and revised and republished at 42 Pa.B. 1986 (April 14, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 1921, 1926, 1931, 1951 and 1952 are amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective to appeals and petitions for review filed 30 days after adoption.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 12th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 354
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of May, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 12th Judicial District (Dauphin County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of 12-1-01, 12-1-02, 12-1-04, 12-1-05, 12-1-06, 12-2-01, 12-2-02, 12-2-03, 12-2-04, 12-2-05, 12-3-01, 12-3-02, 12-3-03, 12-3-04 and 12-3-05, within Dauphin County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 38th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 355
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of May 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 38th Judicial District (Montgomery County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 38-1-17, within Montgomery County, to be effective January 1, 2015, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the creation of a new magisterial district effective January 4, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 38-1-06, 38-1-07, 38-1-11, 38-1-12, 38-1-14, 38-1-22, 38-2-03, and 38-2-04 within Montgomery County, to be effective September 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 38-1-24 and 38-1-28, effective January 1, 2015, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 38-1-15 and 38-1-16, effective January 4, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 38-1-01, 38-1-02, 38-1-03, 38-1-04, 38-1-05, 38-1-08, 38-1-09, 38-1-10, 38-1-13, 38-1-18, 38-1-19, 38-1-20, 38-1-21, 38-1-23, 38-1-25, 38-2-02, and 38-2-08 within Montgomery County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 10th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 356
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of May, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 10th Judicial District (Westmoreland County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 10-2-08, within Westmoreland County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 10-1-01, 10-2-01, 10-2-10, and 10-3-10 within Westmoreland County, to be effective September 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 10-1-03, 10-2-06, 10-3-08, 10-3-09, and 10-3-11 within Westmoreland County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the further realignment of Magisterial District 10-2-01, within Westmoreland County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 10-1-04, 10-1-05, 10-2-03, 10-2-09, 10-3-02, and 10-3-05, within Westmoreland County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 2112 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 226
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of May, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 7246 (December 1, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 2112 is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective to appeals and petitions for review filed 30 days after adoption.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 510, 540, 543, 571, 602, AND 1003OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 430
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 2nd day of May, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 5732(September 8, 2012), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the amendments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 510, 540, 543, 571, 602, and 1003 are adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective June 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 45th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 353
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 45th Judicial District (Lackawanna County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 45-1-01, 45-1-02, 45-1-03, 45-1-05, 45-1-06, 45-1-08, 45-3-01, 45-3-02, 45-3-03, and 45-3-04, within Lackawanna County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 7th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 352
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 7th Judicial District (Bucks County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of 07-1-01, 07-1-02, 07-1-03, 07-1-04, 07-1-06, 07-1-07, 07-1-08, 07-1-09, 07-1-10, 07-1-11, 07-1-12, 07-2-01, 07-2-02, 07-2-03, 07-2-05, 07-2-07, 07-2-08, 07-3-01, 07-3-02, and 07-3-03 within Bucks County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 27th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 351
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 27th Judicial District (Washington County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 27-1-01 and 27-3-05, within Washington County, to be effective August 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 27-1-02, 27-1-03, 27-2-01, 27-3-01, 27-3-02, 27-3-03, 27-3-06, 27-3-07, and 27-3-10, within Washington County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 8th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 350
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 8th Judicial District (Northumberland County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 08-2-01, 08-3-02, 08-3-03 and 08-3-04, within Northumberland County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 35th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 349
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 35th Judicial District (Mercer County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 35-2-01, 35-2-02, 35-3-01, 35-3-02 and 35-3-03, within Mercer County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 41st JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 348
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 41st Judicial District (Juniata and Perry Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 41-3-01 and 41-3-02, within Juniata County, to be effective immediately, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 41-3-03, 41-3-04, and 41-3-05, within Perry County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 58th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 347
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 58th Judicial District (Mifflin County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 58-3-01, 58-3-02 and 58-3-03, within Mifflin County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 40th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 346
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 40th Judicial District (Indiana County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of 40-2-01, 40-3-01, 40-3-02 and 40-3-03, within Indiana County to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 43rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 345
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 43rd Judicial District (Monroe County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 43-4-03, within Monroe County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 43-3-01 and 43-4-02, within Monroe County, to be effective August 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 43-3-02, 43-3-03, and 43-3-04, within Monroe County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 43-2-01, 43-2-02, 43-4-01, and 43-4-04, within Monroe County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 48th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 344
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 48th Judicial District (McKean County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 48-1-01, 48-3-02, 48-3-03, and 48-3-04, within McKean County, to be effective August 1, 2013, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ADOPTION OF RULE 206 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ADMISSION RULES

NO. 596
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 206 of the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules is adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 542 AND 1003 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 429
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of justice and efficient administration, and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 542 and 1003 are amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective June 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ADOPTION OF RULE 1915.11-1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 577
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 40 Pa. Bull. 6512 (November 13, 2010):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1915.11-1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in thirty days on May 23, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 46th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 339
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 46th Judicial District (Clearfield County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 46-3-01, 46-3-03, and 46-3-04, within Clearfield County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 46-3-02, within Clearfield County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 28th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 340
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 28th Judicial District (Venango County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 28-3-04, within Venango County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 28-3-01 and 28-3-02 within Venango County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 28-3-03, within Venango County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 37th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 341
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 37th Judicial District (Forest and Warren Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 37-4-03, within Forest County, to be effective immediately, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 37-3-01, within Warren County, to be effective immediately, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 37-2-01 and 37-4-01, within Warren County, to be effective August 1, 2013, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 342
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 13th Judicial District (Greene County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 13-3-01 and 13-3-02, within Greene County, to be effective August 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 13-3-03, within Greene County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 54th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 343
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of April 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 54th Judicial District (Jefferson County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 54-3-01, 54-3-02, and 54-3-03, within Jefferson County, to be effective August 1, 2013, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING NOTES TO RULES 341 AND 512 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 225
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 16th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Notes to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 341 and 512 are amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective to appeals and petitions for review filed 30 days after adoption.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 645

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rule 645 (Seating and Discharge of Alternate Jurors) to require that alternate jurors be retained after the jury has retired to consider its verdict and to provide procedures for a retained alternate juror to replace a principal juror who becomes unable to perform his or her duties or is disqualified. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee's considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee's Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee's Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.
The text of the proposed amendments to the rule precedes the Report. Additions are shown in bold and are underlined; deletions are in bold and brackets.
We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,
Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: 717-231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us
no later than Friday, June 7, 2013.
April 16, 2013

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

THE DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF THE
SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA
[204 PA. CODE]

Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct to Address the Need for Changes in Detection of Conflicts of Interest, Outsourcing, Technology and Client Development, and Technology and Confidentiality

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice is hereby given that The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is considering recommending to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that the Court amend Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 1.6 and 1.17, as set forth in Annex A; RPC's 1.1, 5.3 and 5.5, as set forth in Annex B; RPC's 1.18, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3, as set forth in Annex C; and RPC's 1.0, 1.1, 1.4, and 4.4, as set forth in Annex D.
In August 2012, the ABA House of Delegates approved changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct by adopting resolutions proposed by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. The work of the ABA Commission reflected changes in 21st century technology, lawyer mobility, and the legal marketplace. The amendments proposed in this Notice follow the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, whose Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (“PBA Ethics Committee”) had issued reports after study of the ABA's approved changes to the Model Rules. The PBA Ethics 20/20 Resolutions are available online at http://www.pabar.org/public/committees/lglethic/resources.asp. This Notice incorporates the key points outlined in the PBA Ethics Committee Reports and provides explanatory commentary on the proposed changes.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING NOTE TO RULE 1701 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 224
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 41 Pa.B. 4529 (August 20, 2011):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Note to Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1701 is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective to appeals and petitions for review filed 30 days after adoption.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 1910.16-1, 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, 1910.16-4, 1910.16-6, AND 1910.16-7 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 576
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 42 Pa.B. 1642 (March 31, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1910.16-1, 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, 1910.16-4, 1910.16-6, and 1910.16-7 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 9, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 3051 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 574
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 5th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published at 41 Pa.B. 5062 (September 24, 2011):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 3051 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 5, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1311.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 575
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 8th day of April, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published at 41 Pa.B. 2316 (May 7, 2011):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1311.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 8, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 124, 910, 911, 2116, 2118, 2135, 2140 AND 2544 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 223
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 27th day of March, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 1640 (March 31, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 124, 910, 911, 2116, 2118, 2135, 2140 and 2544 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure are amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective and apply to all appeals and petitions for review filed 60 days after adoption.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed New Pa.O.C. Rules 1.1 - 11.6 & Explanatory Notes

PUBLICATION NOTICE

The Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee intends to recommend that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania vacate Orphans' Court Rules 1.1 through 14.5 and adopt new Orphans' Court Rules governing the practice and procedures for the areas currently covered by these rules. The new rules are divided into sections addressing, inter alia, the filing and audit of Accounts, procedures for Orphans' Court matters raised by citation and petition, pre-hearing and post-hearing dispositions, and rules for practice before the Registers of Wills. In some cases, the current Orphans' Court rule has not been modified substantially, but is merely being relocated to a new section based upon the revised structure of the proposed new rules (e.g., Rules governing Specific Types of Petitions are moved from Rule 12 to Chapter IV and Rules governing Guardianships are moved from Rule 14 to Chapter V). The proposal also contains Explanatory Comments, which accompany certain rules to elucidate upon the addition or modification of certain provisions or to provide additional analysis of the relationship between the particular rule and another Orphans' Court rule and/or statutory provisions in the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code.
This proposal has not been submitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for review in advance of this publication. The proposal, though, has been reviewed by an advisory group of Orphans' Court judges appointed by then-Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy, and these judges have provided insights, comments, and suggestions incorporated into the proposal that is being published.
The Explanatory Report following this Publication Notice highlights the Committee's goals and considerations in revising the current version of Orphans' Court Rules and formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee's Explanatory Report should not be confused with the official Explanatory Comments that accompany certain rules. Also be aware that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee's Explanatory Comments or the contents of the Explanatory Report.
Because the proposal vacates in its entirety the current Orphans' Court Rules 1.1 through 14.5 and replaces the vacated rules with proposed new and/or renumbered Orphans' Court Rules, this proposal does not contain bolded and underlined text to show additions; nor does it contain brackets to indicate deletions.
This proposal is a substantial overhaul of the current Orphans' Court Rules which have remained relatively intact for nearly four decades. As a result, the Committee encourages and welcomes input from attorneys and judges concerning this proposal, including comments that may address only a specific rule or series of rules. We request only that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, and/or objections in writing to the Committee through counsel, no later than June 13, 2013, at the following address:

Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: 717-231-9551
e-mail: orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us
By The Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee
Margaret Gallagher Thompson, Esq., Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 15.6 AND ADOPTING NEW FORMS IN THE APPENDIX TO THE PENNSYLVANIA ORPHANS' COURT RULES

NO. 593
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of March, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 5730 (September 8, 2012):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that amendment of Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Rule 15.6 is amended and new forms are adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b) and shall be effective April 19, 2013 for all termination and adoption petitions filed after that date.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1042.3 AND 1042.6, RENUMBERING CURRENT RULES 1042.8 AND 1042.9, AND ADOPTING NEW RULES 1042.8, 1042.11, AND 1042.12 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 573
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 20th day of March, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 41 Pa.B. 2315 (May 7, 2011):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1042.3 and 1042.6 are amended, current Rules 1042.8 and 1042.9 are renumbered, and new Rules 1042.8, 1042.11, and 1042.12 are adopted.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 29th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 338
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 29th Judicial District (Lycoming County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of 29-1-01, 29-1-02, 29-3-01, 29-3-02, 29-3-03 and 29-3-04, within Lycoming County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 50th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 337
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 50th Judicial District (Butler County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of 50-1-01, 50-3-01, 50-3-02, 50-3-03, 50-3-04, 50-3-05, and 50-3-06, within Butler County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 57th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 333
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 57th Judicial District (Bedford County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 57-3-01, 57-3-02, 57-3-03, and 57-3-04, within Bedford County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 23rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 334
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 23rd Judicial District (Berks County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of 23-1-01, 23-1-02, 23-1-03, 23-1-05, 23-1-06, 23-2-01, 23-2-02, 23-2-03, 23-2-04, 23-3-01, 23-3-02, 23-3-03, 23-3-04, 23-3-05, 23-3-06, 23-3-07 and 23-3-09, within Berks County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 9th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 335
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 9th Judicial District (Cumberland County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 09-2-01, 09-3-02, and 09-3-03, within Cumberland County, to be effective July 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 09-1-01, 09-1-02, 09-1-03, 09-2-02, 09-3-01, 09-3-04, and 09-3-05 within Cumberland County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 22nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 336
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 22nd Judicial District (Wayne County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 22-3-03, within Wayne County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 22-3-01, 22-3-02, and 22-3-04 within Wayne County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 21st JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 330
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 21st Judicial District (Schuylkill County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 21-2-01, 21-3-01, 21-3-03, 21-3-04, 21-3-05, 21-3-06 and 21-3-07, within Schuylkill County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 16th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 331
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 16th Judicial District (Somerset County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 16-3-01, 16-3-02, 16-3-03, 16-3-05, and 16-3-06, within Somerset County, to be effective July 1, 2013, is granted.

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IN RE: ORDER SPECIFYING THE FORM AND CONTENT OF PETITIONS FOR APPROVAL OF INDICTING GRAND JURY PURSUANT TO RULES 556 THROUGH 556.12 AND ORDER NO. 414 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

No. 426
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of March, 2013, in order to implement Rule 556 through 556.12 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the order dated June 21, 2012 entered at No. 414 of the Criminal Procedural Rules Docket:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the form and content of petitions requesting permission to summon an indicting grand jury shall be as follows:
(1) The petition shall identify the petitioner, who shall be either the President Judge or a designee, and the judicial district. If the petition is seeking permission to summon an indicting grand jury in a two-county judicial district, and the indicting grand jury is sought for only one county, that county shall be identified in the petition. The President Judge's designee shall be a member of the Court of Common Pleas of the judicial district.
(2) The petition shall aver that the petitioner has reviewed the District Attorney's certificate (see paragraphs 4 and 5) and the petitioner agrees with the averments contained therein.
(3) An original and 2 copies of the petition shall be filed, and shall bear an original signature of the petitioner.
(4) There shall be appended to the petition a certificate from the district attorney for the judicial district or, in the case of a two-county judicial district, a certificate from the District Attorney or District Attorneys for the county or counties within the judicial district.
(5) The District Attorney's certificate shall contain:
(a) The name and county of the District Attorney;
(b) An averment that witness intimidation has occurred, is occurring, or is likely to occur in the judicial district or, in the case of a two-county district where an indicting grand jury is only sought for one county, the county;
(c) An averment that the District Attorney believes that an indicting grand jury will remedy the problem of witness intimidation.
(d) The original signature of the District Attorney.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 708 AND REVISING THE COMMENTS TO RULES 701, 704, AND 707 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 427
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 15th day of March, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 41 Pa.B. 1011 (February 26, 2011), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 708 is adopted and the revisions to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 701, 704, and 707 are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 1, 2013.

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IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 59th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 325
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET


ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW,
this 11th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 59th Judicial District (Cameron and Elk Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 59-3-01, within Cameron County, to be effective immediately, is granted. It is further ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 59-3-02 and 59-3-03, within Elk County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 56th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 326
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET


ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW,
this 11th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 56th Judicial District (Carbon County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 56-3-01, 56-3-02, and 56-3-03, within Carbon County, to be effective July 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 56-3-04, within Carbon County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
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IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 53rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 327
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET


ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW,
this 12th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 53rd Judicial District (Lawrence County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 53-3-03, within Lawrence County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 53-3-01 and 53-3-04, within Lawrence County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 53-1-01 and 53-3-02, within Lawrence County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 52nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 328
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW,
this 12th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 52nd Judicial District (Lebanon County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 52-3-01, 52-3-04, and 52-3-05, within Lebanon County, to be effective July 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 52-1-01, 52-2-01, and 52-3-03, within Lebanon County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 55th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 329
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET


ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW,
this 12th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 55th Judicial District (Potter County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 55-3-01, 55-4-01 and 55-4-03, within Potter County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 25th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 322
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 25th Judicial District (Clinton County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 25-3-01 and 25-3-03, within Clinton County, to be effective July 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 25-3-02, within Clinton County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 26th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 323
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

AND NOW, this 7th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 26th Judicial District (Columbia and Montour Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 26-2-01, 26-3-01, 26-3-02, 26-3-03, within Columbia County, to be effective immediately, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 26-3-04, within Montour County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 34th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 324
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 34th Judicial District (Susquehanna County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 34-3-01, 34-3-02 and 34-3-03, within Susquehanna County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 14th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 321
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 5th day of March 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 14th Judicial District (Fayette County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 14-3-06, within Fayette County, to be effective January 1, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial District 14-3-04, within Fayette County, to be effective January 1, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 14-1-01, 14-1-02, 14-2-01, 14-2-02, 14-2-03, and 14-3-02, within Fayette County, to be effective immediately, is granted. The vacancy for district 14-3-06 shall not appear on the ballot in the 2013 municipal election.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 612 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 591
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 5th day of March, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3); and an Explanatory Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rule 612 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 19th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 320
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM:
AND NOW, this 27th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 19th Judicial District (York County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 19-1-01, 19-1-02, 19-1-03, 19-1-04, 19-1-05, 19-2-01, 19-2-02, 19-2-03, 19-2-04, 19-2-05, 19-3-01, 19-3-03, 19-3-04, 19-3-05, 19-3-06, 19-3-07, 19-3-09, 19-3-10 and 19-3-11, within York County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 44th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 319
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM:
AND NOW, this 27th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 44th Judicial District (Sullivan and Wyoming Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 44-3-04, within Wyoming County, to be effective January 1, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 44-3-01 and 44-3-02, within Wyoming County, to be effective January 1, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 44-3-03, within Sullivan County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 17th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 318
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM:
AND NOW, this 27th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 17th Judicial District (Snyder and Union Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 17-3-03 and 17-3-04, within Snyder County, to be effective immediately, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 17-3-01 and 17-3-02, within Union County, to be effective June 1, 2013, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 33rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 314
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of February, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 33rd Judicial District (Armstrong County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 33-3-01, 33-3-02, 33-3-03, and 33-3-04 within Armstrong County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts shall be reestablished as follows:

Magisterial District 33-3-01
Magisterial District Judge
J. Gary DeComo
Ford City Borough
Ford Cliff Borough
Freeport Borough
Manorville Borough
Cadogan Township
Manor Township
North Buffalo Township
South Buffalo Township

Magisterial District 33-3-02
Magisterial District Judge
James H. Owen
Applewold Borough
Kittanning Borough
Parker City Borough
West Kittanning Borough
Worthington Borough
Bradys Bend Township
East Franklin Township
Hovey Township
Perry Township
Rayburn Township
Sugarcreek Township
Washington Township
West Franklin Township

Magisterial District 33-3-03
Magisterial District Judge
James A. Andring
Apollo Borough
Leechburg Borough
North Apollo Borough
Bethel Township
Gilpin Township
Kiskiminetas Township
Parks Township

Magisterial District 33-3-04
Magisterial District Judge
Samuel R. Goldstrohm
Atwood Borough
Dayton Borough
Elderton Borough
Rural Valley Borough
South Bethlehem Borough
Boggs Township
Burrell Township
Cowanshannock Township
Kittanning Township
Madison Township
Mahoning Township
Pine Township
Plumcreek Township
Redbank Township
South Bend Township
Valley Township
Wayne Township


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 36th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 315
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of February, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 36th Judicial District (Beaver County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 36-1-03, within Beaver County, to be effective January 1, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 36-2-01 and 36-3-01, within Beaver County, to be effective June 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial District 36-3-04, within Beaver County, to be effective January 1, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 36-1-01, 36-1-02, 36-2-02, 36-3-02, and 36-3-03, within Beaver County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts shall be as follows:

Magisterial District 36-1-01
Magisterial District Judge
Andrew M. Hladio
Ambridge Borough
Baden Borough
Harmony Township

Magisterial District 36-1-02
Magisterial District Judge
William R. Livingston, II
City of Beaver Falls
Eastvale Borough
Fallston Borough
Patterson Heights Borough
West Mayfield Borough
Patterson Township
White Township

Magisterial District 36-2-01
Magisterial District Judge
Edward C. Howe
Conway Borough
East Rochester Borough
Economy Borough
Freedom Borough
Rochester Borough
New Sewickley Township

Magisterial District 36-2-02
Magisterial District Judge
Tim Finn
Beaver Borough
Bridgewater Borough
Glasgow Borough
Industry Borough
Midland Borough
Ohioville Borough
Brighton Township
Vanport Township

Magisterial District 36-3-01
Magisterial District Judge
Dale F. Nicholson
New Brighton Borough
Daugherty Township
Franklin Township
Marion Township
North Sewickley Township
Pulaski Township
Rochester Township

Magisterial District 36-3-02
Magisterial District Judge
C. Douglas Loughner
Big Beaver Borough
Darlington Borough
Homewood Borough
Koppel Borough
New Galilee Borough
Chippewa Township
Darlington Township
South Beaver Township

Magisterial District 36-3-03
Magisterial District Judge
Joseph L. Schafer
Georgetown Borough
Hookstown Borough
Monaca Borough
Shippingport Borough
Center Township
Greene Township
Potter Township
Raccoon Township

Magisterial District 36-3-04
Magisterial District Judge
Janet M. Swihart
City of Aliquippa
Frankfort Springs Borough
South Heights Borough
Hanover Township
Hopewell Township
Independence Township


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 42nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 316
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of February, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 42nd Judicial District (Bradford County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 42-3-02 and 42-3-04, within Bradford County, to be effective June 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 42-3-01 and 42-3-03, within Bradford County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts shall be as follows:

Magisterial District 42-3-01
Magisterial District Judge
Jonathan M. Wilcox
Alba Borough
Canton Borough
Sylvania Borough
Troy Borough
Armenia Township
Canton Township
Columbia Township
Granville Township
Leroy Township
Ridgebury Township
Smithfield Township
South Creek Township
Springfield Township
Troy Township
Wells Township
West Burlington Township

Magisterial District 42-3-02
Magisterial District Judge
Michael G. Shaw
Athens Borough
Sayre Borough
South Waverly Borough
Athens Township

Magisterial District 42-3-03
Magisterial District Judge
Timothy M. Clark
Burlington Borough
Monroe Borough
New Albany Borough
Towanda Borough
Albany Township
Burlington Township
Franklin Township
Monroe Township
North Towanda Township
Overton Township
Sheshequin Township
Towanda Township
Ulster Township

Magisterial District 42-3-04
Magisterial District Judge
Fred M. Wheaton
Leraysville Borough
Rome Borough
Wyalusing Borough
Asylum Township
Herrick Township
Litchfield Township
Orwell Township
Pike Township
Rome Township
Standing Stone Township
Stevens Township
Terry Township
Tuscarora Township
Warren Township
Wilmot Township
Windham Township
Wyalusing Township
Wysox Township


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 30th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 317
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of February, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 30th Judicial District (Crawford County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 30-3-02, within Crawford County, to be effective January 4, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 30-3-01, 30-3-03, and 30-3-06, within Crawford County, to be effective January 4, 2016, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial District 30-2-01, within Crawford County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts shall be as follows:

Magisterial District 30-2-01
Magisterial District Judge
William D. Chisholm
City of Meadville
West Mead Township

Magisterial District 30-3-01
Magisterial District Judge
Rita J. Marwood
Conneaut Lake Borough
Conneautville Borough
Linesville Borough
Springboro Borough
Beaver Township
Conneaut Township
East Fallowfield Township
Greenwood Township
North Shenango Township
Pine Township
Sadsbury Township
South Shenango Township
Spring Township
Summerhill Township
Summit Township
Union Township
West Fallowfield Township
West Shenango Township

Magisterial District 30-3-03
Magisterial District Judge
Lincoln S. Zilhaver
Cambridge Springs Borough
Saegertown Borough
Venango Borough
Woodcock Borough
Cambridge Township
Cussewago Township
Hayfield Township
Rockdale Township
Venango Township
Vernon Township
Woodcock Township

Magisterial District 30-3-06
Magisterial District Judge
Amy L. Nicols
Blooming Valley Borough
Centerville Borough
Cochranton Borough
Hydetown Borough
Spartansburg Borough
Townville Borough
Athens Township
Bloomfield Township
East Fairfield Township
East Mead Township
Fairfield Township
Oil Creek Township
Randolph Township
Richmond Township
Rome Township
Sparta Township
Steuben Township
Troy Township
Wayne Township


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 11th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 313
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 11th Judicial District (Luzerne County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 11-3-05, within Luzerne County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 11-1-01, 11-1-02, 11-1-04, 11-3-04, and 11-3-08, within Luzerne County, to be effective June 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 11-3-01, 11-3-03, and 11-3-06 within Luzerne County, to be effective January 1, 2018, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 11-1-03, 11-1-05, 11-1-06, 11-2-01, 11-2-03, 11-3-02, 11-3-07, and 11-3-09, within Luzerne County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts will be as follows:

Magisterial District 11-1-01
Magisterial District Judge
Richard J. Cronauer
City of Wilkes-Barre (Wards 11-20)

Magisterial District 11-1-02
Magisterial District Judge
Martin R. Kane
City of Wilkes-Barre (Wards 1-10)

Magisterial District 11-1-03
Magisterial District Judge
Joseph D. Zola
City of Hazleton

Magisterial District 11-1-04
Magisterial District Judge
(Vacant)
City of Pittston
Avoca Borough
Dupont Borough
Duryea Borough
Hughestown Borough
Yatesville Borough
Jenkins Township
Pittston Township

Magisterial District 11-1-05
Magisterial District Judge
Paul J. Roberts
Edwardsville Borough
Kingston Borough

Magisterial District 11-1-06
Magisterial District Judge
David A. Barilla
Courtdale Borough
Forty Fort Borough
Larksville Borough
Luzerne Borough
Pringle Borough
Swoyersville Borough

Magisterial District 11-2-01
Magisterial District Judge
Joseph J. Carmody
Exeter Borough
West Pittston Borough
West Wyoming Borough
Wyoming Borough
Exeter Township

Magisterial District 11-2-03
Magisterial District Judge
Joseph A. Halesey
Ashley Borough
Sugar Notch Borough
Warrior Run Borough
Hanover Township

Magisterial District 11-3-01
Magisterial District Judge
John E. Hasay
Nescopeck Borough
New Columbus Borough
Shickshinny Borough
Conyngham Township
Fairmount Township
Hollenback Township
Hunlock Township
Huntington Township
Nescopeck Township
Ross Township
Salem Township
Union Township

Magisterial District 11-3-02
Magisterial District Judge
Donald L. Whittaker
City of Nanticoke
Plymouth Borough
Newport Township
Plymouth Township

Magisterial District 11-3-03
Magisterial District Judge
Daniel O'Donnell
Conyngham Borough
Freeland Borough
Black Creek Township
Butler Township
Foster Township
Sugarloaf Township

Magisterial District 11-3-04
Magisterial District Judge
James M. Dixon
Jeddo Borough
West Hazleton Borough
Hazle Township

Magisterial District 11-3-06
Magisterial District Judge
Ronald W. Swank
Nuangola Borough
Penn Lake Park Borough
White Haven Borough
Dennison Township
Dorrance Township
Fairview Township
Rice Township
Slocum Township
Wright Township

Magisterial District 11-3-07
Magisterial District Judge
Michael G. Dotzel
Bear Creek Village Borough
Laurel Run Borough
Bear Creek Township
Buck Township
Wilkes-Barre Township

Magisterial District 11-3-08
Magisterial District Judge
Diana Malast
Laflin Borough
Plains Township

Magisterial District 11-3-09
Magisterial District Judge
James E. Tupper
Dallas Borough
Harveys Lake Borough
Dallas Township
Franklin Township
Jackson Township
Kingston Township
Lake Township
Lehman Township


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 60th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 312
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 60th Judicial District (Pike County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that Magisterial Districts 60-3-01, 60-3-02, 60-3-03, and 60-3-04 within Pike County, are reestablished, to be effective immediately.
Said Magisterial Districts will be as follows:

Magisterial District 60-3-01
Magisterial District Judge
Deborah Fischer
Matamoras Borough
Milford Borough
Milford Township
Westfall Township

Magisterial District 60-3-02
Magisterial District Judge
Jay R. Rose
Blooming Grove Township
Greene Township
Palmyra Township

Magisterial District 60-3-03
Magisterial District Judge
Alan B. Cooper
Dingman Township
Lackawaxen Township
Shohola Township

Magisterial District 60-3-04
Magisterial District Judge
Stephen A. McBride
Delaware Township
Lehman Township
Porter Township

 


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 32nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF
PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 310
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 15th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 32nd Judicial District (Delaware County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 32-1-29, within Delaware County, to be effective January 1, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 32-2-41, within Delaware County, to be effective January 1, 2017, is granted. It is FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 32-1-20, 32-1-21, 32-1-22, 32-1-25, 32-1-27, 32-1-28, 32-1-30, 32-1-33, 32-1-35, 32-2-38, 32-2-43, 32-2-48, and 32-2-53 within Delaware County, to be effective January 1, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 32-2-40, and 32-2-44, effective January 1, 2017, is granted; and which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 32-1-23, 32-1-24, 32-1-26, 32-1-31, 32-1-32, 32-1-34, 32-1-36, 32-2-37, 32-2-39, 32-2-42, 32-2-46, 32-2-47, 32-2-49, 32-2-51, 32-2-52, and 32-2-54 within Delaware County, to be effective immediately, is granted. The judgeship for Magisterial District 32-1-29 shall not appear on the ballot for the 2013 municipal election.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 219(a) AND 502(b) OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT AND RULE 1.15(u) OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

No. 116
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of February, 2013, it is hereby ORDERED that the amendments to Rules 219(a) and 502(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and Rule 1.15(u) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, effectuated by Order of April 9, 2012 (No. 108 Disciplinary Rules Docket), shall remain in effect for the 2013-14 annual attorney assessment. Thereafter, one year from the date of this Order, the amendments effectuated by Order No. 108 Disciplinary Rules Docket shall be removed, and the rule provisions in Pa.R.D.E. 219(a) and 502(b), and in Pa.R.P.C. 1.15(u) shall revert to the provisions effective on April 8, 2012.
This Order shall be processed in accordance with Rule 103(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration and shall be effective immediately.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 39th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 308
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
AND NOW, this 11th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 39th Judicial District (Franklin and Fulton Counties) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 39-3-03, 39-3-04, and 39-3-06, within Franklin County, to be effective June 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 39-2-01, 39-3-02, 39-3-05, and 39-3-07, within Franklin County, to be effective immediately, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 39-4-01, 39-4-02, and 39-4-03, within Fulton County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 31st JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 309
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 11th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 31st Judicial District (Lehigh County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 31-1-04, 31-1-06, 31-1-08, 31-2-01, 31-2-03, 31-3-01, 31-3-02, and 31-3-03, within Lehigh County, to be effective June 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 31-1-01, 31-1-02, 31-1-03, 31-1-05, 31-1-07, and 31-2-02 within Lehigh County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 2nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 307
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 2nd Judicial District (Lancaster County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 02-3-08, within Lancaster County, to be effective May 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 02-2-08, 02-3-01, 02-3-06, and 02-3-09 within Lancaster County, to be effective May 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 02-1-01, 02-1-02, 02-1-03, 02-2-01, 02-2-02, 02-2-03, 02-2-04, 02-2-05, 02-2-06, 02-2-07, 02-3-02, 02-3-03, 02-3-04, 02-3-05, and 02-3-07 within Lancaster County, to be effective immediately, is granted. The judgeship for district 02-3-08 shall not appear on the ballot for the 2013 municipal election.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 49th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 306
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of February 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 49th Judicial District (Centre County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 49-2-01, 49-3-02, and 49-3-04, within Centre County, to be effective May 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 49-1-01, 49-3-03, and 49-3-05, within Centre County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: PILOT PROGRAM FOR ELECTRONIC FILING AND SERVICE OF MOTIONS AND OTHER LEGAL PAPERS IN THE FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, TRIAL DIVISION-CRIMINAL SECTION AND THE PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL COURT-CRIMINAL SECTION

NO. 424
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 6th day of February, 2013, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the First Judicial District Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Criminal Section and the Philadelphia Municipal Court - Criminal Section are authorized to implement a pilot program for electronic filing, pursuant to the local rule in the attached form. The pilot program shall be effective for a period of one year commencing April 1, 2013. During the pilot program, the provisions of the local rule shall control to the extent that the local ruleÕs provisions conflict with the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Electronic Case Record Public Access Policy and the Records Retention and Disposition Schedule With Guidelines. This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 51st JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 305
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 31st day of January 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 51st Judicial District (Adams County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 51-3-01 and 51-3-03, within Adams County, to be effective April 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 51-3-02 and 51-3-04, within Adams County, to be effective immediately, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts shall be as follows:

Magisterial District 51-3-01
Magisterial District Judge Thomas R. Carr
Gettysburg Borough
Straban Township

Magisterial District 51-3-02
Magisterial District Judge Daniel S. Bowman
Bonneauville Borough
Littlestown Borough
McSherrystown Borough
Conewago Township
Germany Township
Mt. Joy Township
Mt. Pleasant Township
Union Township

Magisterial District 51-3-03
Magisterial District Judge Tony J. Little
Abbottstown Borough
East Berlin Borough
New Oxford Borough
York Springs Borough
Berwick Township
Hamilton Township
Huntington Township
Latimore Township
Oxford Township
Reading Township
Tyrone Township

Magisterial District 51-3-04
Magisterial District Judge Mark D. Beauchat
Arendtsville Borough
Bendersville Borough
Biglerville Borough
Carroll Valley Borough
Fairfield Borough
Butler Township
Cumberland Township
Franklin Township
Freedom Township
Hamiltonban Township
Highland Township
Liberty Township
Menallen Township

 


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 18th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 304
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 31st day of January 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 18th Judicial District (Clarion County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 18-3-01, 18-3-02, 18-3-03, and 18-3-04, within Clarion County, to be effective April 1, 2013, is granted.
Said Magisterial Districts shall be as follows:

Magisterial District 18-3-01
Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn
Strattanville Borough
Clarion Borough
Clarion Township

Magisterial District 18-3-02
Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill
Farmington Township
West Highland Township
Knox Township
Millcreek Township
Monroe Township
Paint Township
Washington Township

Magisterial District 18-3-03
Magisterial District Judge Amy Long Turk
Emlenton Borough
Foxburg Borough
Knox Borough
Shippenville Borough
St. Petersburg Borough
Ashland Township
Beaver Township
Elk Township
Richland Township
Salem Township

Magisterial District 18-3-04
Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller
Callensburg Borough
East Brady Borough
Hawthorn Borough
New Bethlehem Borough
Rimersburg Borough
Sligo Borough
Brady Township
Licking Township
Limestone Township
Madison Township
Perry Township
Piney Township
Porter Township
Redbank Township
Toby Township

 


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 2572 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 222
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 29th day of January, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 2572 is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on March 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 802

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rule 802 (Notice of Aggravating Circumstances) to require a defendant to provide notice of mitigating circumstances in a capital case. This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The following explanatory Report highlights the Committee's considerations in formulating this proposal. Please note that the Committee's Reports should not be confused with the official Committee Comments to the rules. Also note that the Supreme Court does not adopt the Committee's Comments or the contents of the explanatory Reports.
We request that interested persons submit suggestions, comments, or objections concerning this proposal in writing to the Committee through counsel,

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
e-mail: criminalrules@pacourts.us

no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.
January 29, 2013

By The Criminal Procedural
Rules Committee
Nancy L. Butts, Chair
Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 1910.23 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 572
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of January, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1910.23 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on February 24, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 4th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 303
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 24th day of January 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 4th Judicial District (Tioga County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 04-3-01, 04-3-02, and 04-3-03, within Tioga County, to be effective April 1, 2013, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 15th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 302
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 24th day of January 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 15th Judicial District (Chester County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial District 15-2-05, within Chester County, to be effective January 2, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 15-1-03, 15-1-05, 15-2-01, 15-2-06, 15-3-01, 15-3-04, 15-3-06, and 15-3-07 within Chester County, to be effective April 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 15-1-02 and 15-4-01 within Chester County, to be effective January 2, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 15-1-01, 15-1-04, 15-2-03, 15-2-07, 15-3-05, 15-4-02, 15-4-03, and 15-4-04, within Chester County, to be effective immediately, is granted. The judgeship for Magisterial District 15-2-05 shall not appear on the ballot in the 2013 municipal election.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 24th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 301
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 24th day of January 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 24th Judicial District (Blair County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 24-3-01, 24-3-02, and 24-3-03, within Blair County, to be effective April 1, 2013, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 24-1-02, 24-1-03, and 24-3-04, within Blair County, to be effective immediately, is granted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISIONS TO THE COMMENTS TO RULES 100 AND 231 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 423
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES
DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 18th day of January, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication in the interests of justice and efficient administration pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER:
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the revisions to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 100 and 231 are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE 47th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

NO. 300
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 18th day of January, 2013, upon consideration of the Petition to Reestablish the Magisterial Districts of the 47th Judicial District (Cambria County) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Petition, which provides for the elimination of Magisterial Districts 47-2-01 and 47-3-04, within Cambria County, to be effective January 1, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which provides for the realignment of Magisterial Districts 47-1-02, 47-1-03, 47-3-01, 47-3-03, 47-3-05 and 47-3-06, within Cambria County, to be effective January 2, 2014, is granted; and that the Petition, which also provides for the reestablishment of Magisterial Districts 47-1-01 and 47-3-07, within Cambria County, to be effective immediately, is granted. The judgeships for Magisterial Districts 47-2-01 and 47-3-04 shall not appear on the ballot for the 2013 municipal election.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER RESCINDING AND REPLACING THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF EVIDENCE

NO. 586 SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 17th day of January, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules of Evidence; the proposal having been published for public comment at 41 Pa.B. 2795 (May 28, 2011):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence are rescinded and replaced.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in sixty days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENTS TO RULES 430, 455, AND 456 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 420 CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 17th day of January, 2013, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 39 Pa.B. 2318 (May 9, 2009), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 967), and a Final Report to be published with this ORDER
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the revisions to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 430, 455, and 456 are approved.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 1, 2013.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

Rule 238. Damages for Delay in an Action for Bodily Injury, Death or Property Damage
***

Addendum to Explanatory Comment (2013)

The prime rate as set forth in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal for a particular year is the basis for calculating damages for delay under Pa.R.C.P. No. 238 as revised November 7, 1988. The prime rate published in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal for each of the years specified is as follows:

Date of Publication—Prime Rate Percentage
January 2, 2013—3 1/4
January 3, 2012—3 1/4
January 3, 2011—3 1/4
January 4, 2010—3 1/4
January 2, 2009—3 1/4
January 2, 2008—7 1/4
January 2, 2007—8 1/4
January 3, 2006—7 1/4
January 3, 2005—5 1/4
January 2, 2004—4
January 2, 2003—4 1/4
January 2, 2002—4 3/4
January 2, 2001—9 1/2
January 3, 2000—8 1/2
January 4, 1999—7 3/4
January 2, 1998—8 1/2


NOTE: The prime rate for the years 1980 through 1997 may be found in the Addendum to the Explanatory Comment published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, volume 33, page 634 (2/1/03) and on the web site of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee at http://www.pacourts.us.

By the Civil Procedural
Rules Committee
Diane W. Perer
Chair


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF THE INTERNAL OPERATING PROCEDURES OF THE SUPREME COURT

NO. 395
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of January, 2013, IT IS ORDERED that the Internal Operating Procedures of the Supreme Court are amended. The amendments shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REESTABLISHMENT OF THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

No. 299 MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 3rd day of January, 2013, upon consideration of the Recommendation of the President Judge of Twentieth Judicial District (Huntingdon County), it is hereby ORDERED AND DECREED that the Magisterial District 20-3-03 is eliminated and that Magisterial Districts 20-3-01, 20-3-02, and 20-3-04 shall be realigned. This order is effective March 1, 2013. The vacancy for Magisterial District 20-3-03 shall not appear on the ballot for the 2013 municipal election.
Said magisterial districts shall be as follows:


Magisterial District 20-3-01:
Magisterial District Judge Douglas L. Gummo

Alexandria Borough
Birmingham Borough
Marklesburg Borough
Petersburg Borough
Barree Township
Franklin Township
Henderson Township
Hopewell Township
Jackson Township
Lincoln Township
Logan Township
Miller Township
Morris Township
Oneida Township
Penn Township
Porter Township
Spruce Creek Township
Walker Township
Warriors Mark Township
West Township

 

   

Magisterial District 20-3-02:
Magisterial District Judge Richard S. Wilt

Huntingdon Borough
Mapleton Borough
Mill Creek Borough
Brady Township
Juniata Township
Smithfield Township
Union Township

 

 

Magisterial District 20-3-04:
Magisterial District Judge Mary G. Jamison

Broad Top City Borough
Cassville Borough
Coalmont Borough
Dudley Borough
Mount Union Borough
Orbisonia Borough
Rockhill Furnace
Saltillo Borough
Shade Gap Borough
Shirleysburg Borough
Three Springs Borough
Carbon Township
Cass Township
Clay Township
Cromwell Township
Dublin Township
Shirley Township
Springfield Township
Tell Township
Todd Township
Wood Township

 

 

 

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 901, 1501, 1512, 1516, 1517 and 1541 AND ADOPTING NEW RULE 1770 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 221
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2012, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 41 Pa.B. 3968 (July 23, 2011):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 901, 1501, 1512, 1516, 1517 and 1541 are amended, and proposed new Rule 1770 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure is adopted, in the attached form.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective in 60 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes to amend Pa.R.A.P. 2140. The Committee submits the proposed amendment for public comments and suggestions prior to their submission to the Supreme Court.
All communications in reference to the proposed amendment should be sent no later than January 14, 2013 to:

Dean R. Phillips, Counsel
D. Alicia Hickok, Deputy Counsel
Scot Withers, Deputy Counsel
Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-2635
or Fax to
717-231-9551
or E-Mail to
appellaterules@pacourts.us

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendment and has been inserted by this Committee for the convenience of the bench and bar. It will not constitute part of the rule nor will it be officially adopted or promulgated.
By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes to amend Pa.R.A.P. 2112. The amendments are being submitted for public comments and suggestions prior to their submission to the Supreme Court.
All communications in reference to the proposed amendment should be sent no later than January 14, 2013 to:

Dean R. Phillips, Counsel
D. Alicia Hickok, Deputy Counsel
Scot R. Withers, Deputy Counsel
Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 6200
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-2635
or Fax to
717-231-9551
or E-Mail to
appellaterules@pacourts.us

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendment and has been inserted by this Committee for the convenience of the bench and bar. It will not constitute part of the rule nor will it be officially adopted or promulgated.
By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

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