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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

Proposed Recommendation No. 261 

Proposed Amendment of Rule 1026 Governing Time for Filing and Notice to Plead

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposes that Rule of Civil Procedure 1026 governing time for filing and notice to plead 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 October 3, 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

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 307, 308, 309, 310, 312, 313, AND 314 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 373
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 21st day of July, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 10 (January 4, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 307, 308, 309, 310, 312, 313, and 314 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 August 20, 2014.

The rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

Proposed Recommendation No. 260
Proposed Amendment of Rule 3136 Governing

Distribution of Proceeds of Sheriff’s Sales

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposes that Rule of Civil Procedure 3136 governing distribution of proceeds of sheriff’s sales 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 September 26, 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

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1915.5 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 603
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of July, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 43 Pa.Bull. 7544 (December 28, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1915.5 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 August 6, 2014.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1910.11, 1910.12 AND 1910.16-4 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 601
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 2nd day of July, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 43 Pa.Bull. 7427 (December 21, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1910.11, 1910.12 and 1910.16-4 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 in 30 days on August 1, 2014.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES 

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

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

RECOMMENDATION 136 

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, October 3, 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

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES

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

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

RECOMMENDATION 137

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 8, 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

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 905, 906, 907, and 909

 INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rules 905 (Amendment and Withdrawal of Petition for Post-Conviction Collateral Relief), 906 (Answer to Petition for Post-Conviction Collateral Relief), 907 (Disposition Without Hearing), and 909 (Procedures for Petitions in Death Penalty Cases: Stays of Execution of Sentence; Hearing; Disposition) to formalize the procedures for pre-dismissal amendment of petitions in PCRA 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, September 12, 2014.
June 23, 2014

By the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
Thomas P. Rogers, Chair

Jeffrey M. Wasileski
Counsel

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 2.11 OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

NO. 425
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 23rd day of June, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 2.11 of the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 is amended.

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 shall be effective on July 1, 2014. 

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES 

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

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

RECOMMENDATION  135

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 8, 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

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA
DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

RECOMMENDATION 128
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, October 3, 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

The proposed rule change can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULE 771, AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO RULE 471 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 451
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 16th day of June, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 475 (January 25, 2014), 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 new Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 771 is adopted and the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 471 is approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective July 16, 2014.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 1930.9 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 597
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 16th day of June, 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 Rule 1930.9 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 102, 2116, AND 2119 AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF OFFICIAL NOTES TO RULES 341, 902, 1112, AND 1115 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 243
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 28th day of May, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 3082 (June 8, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that:

(1) Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 102, 2116, and 2119 are  amended; and

(2) the Official Notes to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 341, 902, 1112, and 1115 are revised.

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

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 320 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 368
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of May, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa.B. 5701 (September 28, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 320 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Actions and Proceedings before Magisterial District Judges is adopted.

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

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1910.16-6 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 595
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 14th day of May, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 43 Pa.Bull. 5449 (September 14, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1910.16-6 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 June 13, 2014.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1915.3-2(c) OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 596
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 14th day of May, 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 Rule 1915.3-2(c) 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 June 13, 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. 1115 and 1116.  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 June 23, 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

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 420
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET 

AMENDED 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

IN RE: ORDER RESCINDING AND REPLACING RULE 1036 AND ADOPTING NEW RULE 1036, AND THE AMENDMENTS TO RULES 105, 1000, 1030, 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035, AND 1037 AND APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENTS TO RULES 103, 140, 141, 142, 431, 441, 462, 1001, AND 1002 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 

NO. 450
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of May, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 769 (February 8, 2014), 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 new Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 1036, and the amendments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 105, 1000, 1030, 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035, 1037 are adopted and the revision to the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 103, 140, 141, 142, 431, 441, 462, 1001, and 1002 are approved.

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

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

No. 126
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of May, 2014, it is hereby ORDERED that Rule 219(a) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and Rule 1.15(u) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct are amended. These amendments shall be effective for the 2014-15 annual attorney assessment and shall continue until further Order of this Court.

Pursuant to Rule 103 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration, the immediate amendment of Rule 219(a) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and Rule 1.15(u) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct is required in the interest of efficient administration.

This Order shall be processed in accordance with Rule 103(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration and shall be effective immediately.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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

 

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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

The proposed rule change 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. 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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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

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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.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

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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. 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

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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.

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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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