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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 4001-4016 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 466
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,this 12th day of August, 2016, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 4001-4016 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective January 1, 2017, except in the First Judicial District, in which it shall be effective July 1, 2017. For the period from January 1, 2017 through July 1, 2017, the First Judicial District shall be governed by Pa.R.J.A. Nos. 5000.1-5000.13, which are rescinded as to all other judicial districts as of January 1, 2017.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 105 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 703
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,this 11th day of August, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 45 Pa.B. 4902 (August 22, 2015):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 105 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on October 1, 2016.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING THE INDEX AND RESCINDING AND REPLACING FORMS OC-01 THROUGH OC-06 AND RW-06 THROUGH RW-10 IN THE APPENDIX TO THE PENNSYLVANIA ORPHANS’ COURT RULES

NO. 702
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 9th day of August, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3) in the interest of justice and efficient administration:

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

1) The Index to the Appendix of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules is amended; and

2) Forms OC-01 through OC-06 and RW-06 through RW-10 in the Appendix to the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules are rescinded and replaced.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b) and shall be effective September 1, 2016 for all legal papers, pleadings, or notices filed or served as of that date.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendments of Pa.R.Crim.P. 205

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rule 205 (Contents of Search Warrant) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9521
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 16,2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Criminal Procedural
Rules Committee:
Charles A. Ehrlich
Chair

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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 Relating to Statements Concerning Judges and Other Adjudicatory Officers and Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal

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 it adopt amendments to Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 3.5 relating to Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal and RPC 8.2 relating to Statements Concerning Judges and Other Adjudicatory Officers, as set forth in Annex A.

RPC 3.5 pertains to impartiality and decorum of the tribunal and prohibits improper influence, ex parte contacts, improper contacts with jurors, and conduct disruptive to the tribunal. In furtherance of ethical practice, lawyers should be familiar with the codes regulating the judiciary. Current Comment [1] to RPC 3.5 states “Many forms of improper influence upon a tribunal are proscribed by criminal law. Others are specified in the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, with which an advocate should be familiar.” Proposed changes to Comment [1] provide that an advocate should be familiar with the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Justices. These sets of rules are specific to Pennsylvania and replace the reference to the ABA Model Code.

In addition to the substantive changes, the Board takes this opportunity to make a typographical correction to RPC 3.5(c)(3).

RPC 8.2(b) states “A lawyer who is a candidate for judicial office shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct.” Comment [2] explains that “When a lawyer seeks judicial office the lawyer should be bound by applicable limitations on political activity.” This subdivision provides a jurisdictional link to applicable codes of judicial conduct, to assure continuous authority over lawyers in transition from one status to another. In addition to the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Justices (“MDJ Conduct Rules”) also proscribe certain conduct by candidates for the office of magisterial district judge. Proposed amendments to subdivision (b) will reflect the provisions of both the Code of Judicial Conduct and the MDJ Conduct Rules. Specifically, the language “or who is a candidate for magisterial district judge“ and “and/or the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for Magisterial District Judges, as applicable" will be added to 8.2(b) to ensure that those lawyers who are judicial candidates comply fully with all applicable rules.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by mail or facsimile regarding the proposed amendments to the Office of the Secretary, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 5600, PO Box 62625, Harrisburg, PA 17106-2625, Facsimile number (717-231-3382), Email address Dboard.comments@pacourts.us on or before September 16, 2016.

By the Disciplinary Board of the
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Elaine M. Bixler
Secretary of the Board

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1915.3 and 1915.3-2

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1915.3 and 1915.3-2, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by November 1, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee:
David J. Slesnick, Esq
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 531 and 536

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rule 531 (Qualifications of Surety.) and of Rule 536 (Procedures upon Violation of Conditions: Revocation of Release and Forfeiture; Bail Pieces; Exoneration of Surety.) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2653
fax: (717) 231-9521
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 16, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

July 12, 2016
By the the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee:
Charles A. Ehrlich
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 103 AND 1952 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 465
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 28th day of June, 2016, the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b):

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

1) Rules 103 and 1952 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration are amended.

2) Local rules of judicial administration effective prior to August 1, 2016 shall be compiled and published on the local court website in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(c)(7), as amended, no later than September 1, 2016 to remain effective.

3) Local rules of criminal procedure approved by the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee as of August 1, 2016 that have not yet been published pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 105 shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 1, 2016.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER RESCINDING AND REPLACING RULE 105 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 477
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 28th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 45 Pa.B. 5384 (August 29, 2015):

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

1) Rule 105 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure is rescinded and replaced.

2) Local rules of criminal procedure effective prior to August 1, 2016 shall be compiled and published on the local court website in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(7), see No. 464 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016); No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016), no later than September 1, 2016 to remain effective.

3) Local rules of criminal procedure approved by the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee as of August 1, 2016 that have not yet been published pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 105 shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

4) Local rules of criminal procedure approved by the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee that have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as August 1, 2016 but are not yet effective pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 105 shall become effective in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)(iii) and shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(6)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 1, 2016.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 205.2, 205.5, 206.1, 206.4, 208.2, 208.3, 210, 239, 239.8, 239.9, 1028, 1034, AND 1035.2 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 647
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 28th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee and the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 45 Pa.B. 5384 (August 29, 2015):

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

1) Rules 205.2, 205.5, 206.1, 206.4, 208.2, 208.3, 210, 239, 239.8, 239.9, 1028, 1034, and 1035.2 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended.

2) Local rules of civil procedure effective prior to August 1, 2016 shall be compiled and published on the local court website in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(7), see No. 464 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016); No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016), no later than September 1, 2016 to remain effective.

3) Local rules of civil procedure that have been adopted before, but not yet published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as of August 1, 2016 pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. No. 239 shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

4) Local rules of civil procedure that have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as of August 1, 2016 but are not yet effective pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 239 shall become effective in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)(iii) and shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(6)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

5) Local rules of civil procedure that have been approved by the Civil Procedural Rules Committee pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. No. 239.8, but have not yet been published and made effective as of August 1, 2016 shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 1, 2016.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

ORDER RESCINDING AND REPLACING RULE 1.5 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ORPHANS’ COURT RULES

NO. 699
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 28th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 45 Pa.B. 5384 (August 29, 2015):

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

1) Rule 1.5 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules is rescinded and replaced in the attached form.

2) Local rules of orphans’ court procedure approved and effective prior to August 1, 2016 shall be compiled and published on the local court website in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(7), see No. 464 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016); No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016), no later than September 1, 2016 to remain effective.

3) Local rules of orphans’ court procedure approved by the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee as of August 1, 2016 that have not yet been published pursuant to Pa. O.C. Rule 1.5 shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

4) Local rules of orphans’ court procedure approved by the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee that have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as August 1, 2016 but are not yet effective pursuant to Pa. O.C. Rule 1.5 shall become effective in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)(iii) and shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(6)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 1, 2016.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE:ORDER RESCINDING AND REPLACING RULE 121 AND RULE 1121 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 700
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 28th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment at 45 Pa.B. 5384 (August 29, 2015):

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

1) Rule 121 and Rule 1121 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are rescinded and replaced in the attached form.

2) Local rules of juvenile court procedure effective prior to August 1, 2016 shall be compiled and published on the local court website in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(7), see No. 464 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016); No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016), no later than September 1, 2016 to remain effective.

3) Local rules of juvenile court procedure approved by the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee as of August 1, 2016 that have not yet been published pursuant to Pa.R.J.C.P. 121 or Pa.R.J.C.P. 1121 shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

4) Local rules of juvenile court procedure approved by the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee that have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as August 1, 2016 but are not yet effective pursuant to Pa.R.J.C.P. 121 or Pa.R.J.C.P. 1121 shall become effective in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(5)(iii) and shall be subject to the requirements of Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(d)(6)-(7), see No. 465 Judicial Administration Docket (June 28, 2016).

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 1, 2016.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1653 and 1656

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1653 and 1656 governing actions upon mechanics’ liens, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 16, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

June 23, 2016
By the Civil Procedural Rules Committee:
William S. Stickman IV
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 791

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of new Rule 791 (Procedure for Obtaining Order for Limited Access in Court Cases; Order for Limited Access.) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 16, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

June 23, 2016
By the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee:
Jeffrey A. Manning
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendments of Pa.R.Crim.P. 590

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 590 (Pleas and Plea Agreements) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report on the court's website. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 16, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

June 27, 2016
By the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee:
Jeffrey A. Manning
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER REVISING THE COMMENT TO RULE 523 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 475
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 15th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 45 Pa.B. 7288 (December 26, 2015), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 126), 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 of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 523 is approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE AMENDMENT OF RULE 1608 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 697
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 14th day of June, 2016, 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):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1608 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure is revised.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on August 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 408, 413, 423, 452, 455, AND 1031 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 474
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 10th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 45 Pa.B. 1846 (April 11, 2015), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 110), 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 408, 413, 423, 452, 455, and 1031 are approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective August 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1920.33 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 644
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 10th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 45 Pa.B. 6975 (December 12, 2015):

IT IS ORDEREDpursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1920.33 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 October 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1737 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 263
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 7th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 45 Pa.B. 6113 (October 10, 2015):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1737 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 531 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 262
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 7th day of June, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 5324 (August 9, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 531 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT TO RULE 1915.15 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 642
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 18th day of May, 2016, 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 1915.15 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on July 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT TO RULE 1915.11 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 641
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 18th day of May, 2016, 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 1915.11 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on July 1, 2016.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 112 AND 323 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 397
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 29th day of April, 2016, 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 112 and 323 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure 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 immediately.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 223 AND 1006 AND APPROVING REVISION OF THE NOTE TO RULE 225 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 639
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 29th day of April, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 223 and 1006 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended, and the revision of the Note to Rule 225 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is 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: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISION OF COMMENTS TO RULE 136 AND RULE 1136 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 695
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 29th day of April, 2016, 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):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Comments to Rule 136 and Rule 1136 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure are revised.

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: IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF EVIDENCE 605

NO. 696
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 29th day of April, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules of Evidence; 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 the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 605 is revised.

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

ORPHANS’ COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Adoption of New Pa.O.C. Rule 14.6 and Form G-05

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of new Pa.O.C. Rule 14.6 and Form G-05 governing the use of depositions by written interrogatories in guardianship proceedings, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel
Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9551
orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than June 20, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Orphans’ Court
Procedural Rules Committee,
John F. Meck, Esq.
Chair

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendments of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1910.16-1, 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, 1910.16-4, 1910.16-6, and 1910.16-7

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee (Committee) is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amendments of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1910.16-1, 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, 1910.16-4, 1910.16-6, and 1910.16-7, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than August 12, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations
Procedural Rules Committee
David J. Slesnick, Esq.
Chair

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1042.3 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO.636
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 30th day of March, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1042.3 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 immediately.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO RULE 701 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 463
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 17th day of March, 2016, pursuant to this Court’s authority under Article V, Section 10 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration No. 701 is amended to read as follows.

In the exercise of its discretion, the Court has determined that immediate promulgation of these amendments to Rule 701 is warranted in the interests of justice and efficient administration. See Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3).

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 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

NO. 139
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 17th day of March, 2016, 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 219 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement is amended.

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 576.1

Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 113, 114, and 576

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of new Rule 576.1 (Electronic Filing and Service of Legal Papers) and the amendment of Rules 113 (Criminal Case File and Docket Entries), 114 (Orders and Court Notices: Filing; Service; and Docket Entries), and 576 (Filing and Service by Parties) for the reasons set forth. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, May 6, 2016E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

March 17, 2016

By the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee:
Jeffrey A. Manning
Chair

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT TO RULE 1915.4-1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 635
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of March, 2016, 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 ORDEREDpursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1915.4-1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is 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 1, 2016.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 237.3

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 237.3 governing relief from judgment of non pros or by default for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They will neither constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX: 717-231-9526
civilrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than April 22, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

December 10, 2015

By the Civil Procedural Rules Committee
Peter J. Hoffman
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 3.15 OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

NO. 457
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 15th day of January, 2016, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 3.15 of the Code of Judicial Conduct 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 amendments 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 amendments herein shall be effective immediately.

Mr. Justice Eakin did not participate in the decision of this matter.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 3.15 OF THE RULES GOVERNING STANDARDS OF CONDUCT OF MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 392
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 15th day of January, 2016, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 3.15 of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges 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 amendments 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 amendments herein shall be effective immediately.

Mr. Justice Eakin did not participate in the decision of this matter.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 801 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 468
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 11th day of January, 2016, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 8011 (December 27, 2014), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 104), 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 of Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 801 is approved.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective April 1, 2016.

Mr. Justice Eakin did not participate in the decision of this matter.

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Rescission of Rules 15.1 through Rule 15.9 and replacement with the new rules of Chapter XV 

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the rescission of Rules 15.1 through 15.9 and the replacement of these rules with new Chapter XV rules governing Adoptions for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report.  Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being re-published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.  

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel
Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 6200
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9521
orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by  no later than March 16, 2016   E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Orphans’ Court
Procedural Rules Committee
John F. Meck, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 1922 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION RELATING TO COUNSEL FEES 

NO. 453
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 29th day of December, 2015, pursuant to this Court’s authority under Article V, Section 10 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration No. 1922 is amended.  The amendments to Pa.R.J.A. No. 1922 are promulgated in order to establish standards and procedures governing the eligibility of a judicial officer for reimbursement of reasonable counsel fees incurred in a criminal or disciplinary matter in which the judicial officer has been successfully defended.

In the exercise of its discretion, the Court has determined that immediate promulgation of these amendments to Rule 1922 is warranted in the interests of justice and efficient administration.  See Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3).

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

Mr. Justice Eakin did not participate in the consideration or decision of this matter.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 564

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 564 (Amendment of Information) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

December 10, 2015

By the Criminal
Procedural Rules Committee
Paul M. Yatron
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 544

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rule 544 (Reinstituting Charges Following Withdrawal or Dismissal) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

December 10, 2015

By the Criminal
Procedural Rules Committee
Paul M. Yatron
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Revision of the Comment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 523

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the revision of the Comment to Rule 523 (Release Criteria) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

December 10, 2015

By the Criminal
Procedural Rules Committee
Paul M. Yatron
Chair

The rule can be viewed by clicking here.


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1120 AND 1608 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 686
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of December, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment before adoption at 45 Pa.B. 3999 (July 25, 2015), in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 116, No. 2, August 7, 2015), and on the Supreme Court’s web-page, and an Explanatory Report to be published with this

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rules 1120 and 1608 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, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER REINSTATING AND AMENDING RULE 230.2 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 634
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW,this 9th day of December, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 45 Pa.B. 1843 (April 11, 2015):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 230.2 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is reinstated and amended. The Order of April 23, 2014 suspending Rule 230.2, No. 594 Civil Procedural Rules Docket (April 23, 2014), is dissolved prospectively as of the effective date of this Order.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective December 31, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER RESCINDING AND REPLACING RULES 1.1 THROUGH 13.3 AND RULE 17, AND AMENDING RULES 14.1 THROUGH 16.12 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ORPHANS’ COURT RULES

NO. 682

SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of December, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 43 Pa.B. 2010 (April 13, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that: 1) Rules 1.1 through 13.3 and Rule 17 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules are rescinded and replaced; and 2) Rules 14.1 through 16.12 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b) and shall be effective September 1, 2016 for all legal papers and pleadings filed as of that date.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.16-4(d)

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.16-4(d) governing calculation of child support in divided or split custody cases for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by February 25, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations
Procedural Rules Committee
David J. Slesnick, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1920.33

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania an amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1920.33 governing joinder of related claims in divorce actions for the reasons set forth in the accompanying publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by February 26, 2016. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations
Procedural Rules Committee
David J. Slesnick, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1930.2, 1930.4 and 1930.5

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amendments of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1930.2, 1930.4 and 1930.5 governing domestic relations matters generally for the reasons set forth in the accompanying publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
fax: (717) 231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by February 26, 2016 E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations
Procedural Rules Committee
David J. Slesnick, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULE 126 AND AMENDING RULE 2119 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 257
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 24th day of November, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 45 Pa.B. 1605 (April 4, 2015):

IT IS ORDERED ,pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that new Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 126 is adopted and Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 2119 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective January 1, 2016 for all filings as of that date.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 256
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 13th day of November, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; 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 125 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 RULE 1915.4-4 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 633
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 28th day of October, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 45 Pa.B. 1606 (April 4, 2015):

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 are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on January 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REVISION OF EFFECTIVE DATE OF RULES 4001-4016 THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION ON COURT REPORTING AND TRANSCRIPTS

NO. 446
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of May, 2015, it is ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the June 1, 2015 effective date of Rules 4001-4016 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration, governing court reporting and transcripts, and the June 1, 2015 rescission date of Rules 5000.1-5000.13 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration, are revised to January 1, 2017. See Order No. 436 Judicial Administration Docket (December 4, 2014). 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 RULE 211 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 632
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 26th day of October, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 324 (January 18, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 211 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 January 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 630

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET
Order

Per Curiam

AND NOW, this 13th day of October, 2015, 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 January 1, 2016.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1737

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1737 for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They will not constitute a part of the rules and will not be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX: (717) 231-9551
appellaterules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by December 1, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee,
Honorable Renée Cohn Jubelirer
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 490 and 790

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 490 (Procedure for Obtaining Expungement in Summary Cases; Expungement Order) and 790 (Procedure For Obtaining Expungement In Court Cases; Expungement Order) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying supplemental explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, November 13, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

September 21, 2015

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Paul M. Yatron
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 540

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 540 (Preliminary Arraignment) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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
criminalrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, November 13, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

September 22, 2015

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Paul M. Yatron
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 556 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 

NO. 465
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 8th day of September, 2015, 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 of Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 556 is approved in the attached form. 

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective November 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.4-3 

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.4-3 governing non-record proceedings in custody cases, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report.  Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules.  They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by November 13, 2015.  E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail.  The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
David J. Slesnick, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Reorganization of Chapter 15 and Adoption of New Chapter 16 

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the reorganization of Chapter 15 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure and the adoption of a new Chapter 16 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Reorganized Chapter 15 would apply exclusively to appeals of administrative agency action, original jurisdiction actions cognizable in an appellate court in the nature of actions in equity, replevin, mandamus or quo warranto or for declaratory judgment, or upon writs of certiorari or prohibition, and appeals of certain other enumerated adjudications. Actions initiated under reorganized Chapter 15 would retain the existing name “petition for review.”

New Chapter 16 would apply to judicial review of all government unit action or inaction not otherwise permitted under Chapters 9, 11, 13 or reorganized Chapter 15, and would include certain existing initiating documents that under present practice are called “petitions for review” under Chapter 15 or another chapter, but that are ancillary and/or preliminary to appellate review, including:  requests for review of refusal of interlocutory review under Pa.R.A.P. 341(c) and 1311(Note); review of bail orders under Pa.R.A.P. 1762; review of orders that find a double jeopardy claim to be frivolous under Pa.R.A.P. 1573; review of special prosecution orders under Pa.R.A.P. 3331; and review of out-of-home-placement of minors under Pa.R.A.P. 1770. Actions initiated under Chapter 16 would be called “petitions for limited review.” The residuary function previously assigned to Chapter 15 (i.e., that actions not initiated under some other chapter of the Rules of Appellate Procedure must fall within Chapter 15) would be assigned to new Chapter 16.

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

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections. At this time, the Committee is soliciting input primarily on the concept of the reorganization of Chapter 15 and the creation of a new Chapter 16, rather than the form or content of individual rules. If, after the receipt and evaluation of comments received concerning the concept of the reorganization of Chapter 15 and the creation of a new Chapter 16, the Committee determines to move forward with the proposal, the Committee will republish the proposed amendments to Chapters 15 and new Chapter 16, and will publish for the first time proposed modifications to all of the other Rules in other chapters of the Rules of Appellate Procedure that are affected by the proposed changes to Chapter 15 and the adoption of new Chapter 16. At that time, the Committee will invite comment on the form and content of individual proposed rule changes in Chapters 15, 16, and all of the other affected rules in the Rules of Appellate Procedure.      

Comments should be provided to:

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

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by October 30, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any emailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

An Explanatory Comment precedes the proposed amendments 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 APPROVING THE REVISION TO THE COMMENT TO PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF EVIDENCE 409 

NO. 671
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 30th day of July, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules of Evidence; 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 the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 409 is revised.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1915.3, 1915.3-2, 1915.12, 1915.15, and 1915.17 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 629
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 20th day of July, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 44 Pa.B. 5828 (September 13, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1915.3, 1915.3-2, 1915.12, 1915.15 and 1915.17 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 September 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 490 and 790

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 490 (Procedure for Obtaining Expungement in Summary Cases; Expungement Order) and 790 (Procedure For Obtaining Expungement In Court Cases; Expungement Order) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 4, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

July 15, 2015

By The Criminal Procedural
Rules Committee:
Paul M. Yatron
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Revision of the Comment to Rule 500

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the revision of the Comment to Rule 500 (Preservation of Testimony After Institution of Criminal Proceedings) for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by no later than Friday, September 4, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.
July 6, 2015

By the Criminal Procedural
Rules Committee:
Paul M. Yatron, Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 182 AND 1182 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 668
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 13th day of July, 2015, 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):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rules 182 and 1182 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 August 1, 2017.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1611, AND 1635 AND ADOPTING NEW RULE 1149 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE 

NO. 669
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 13th day of July, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 6492 (November 2, 2013), in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 77, No. 3, December 6, 2013), 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, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1611, and 1635 and the adoption of new Rule 1149 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 October 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 206 AND 1201-1209, AND THE OFFICIAL NOTES TO RULES 112, 215 AND 1210-1211 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 387
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 29th day of June, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 7642 (December 13, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 206 and 1201-1209, and the Official Notes to Rules 112, 215 and 1210-1211 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure 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 July 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULES 626 and 627, AMENDING RULES 631, 632, AND 647, APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO RULE 646, AND RENUMBERING RULE 630 AS RULE 625 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 464
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of July, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 380 (January 21, 2012), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 34), 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 626 and 627 and the amendments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 631, 632, and 647 are adopted, the revision to the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 646 is approved, and Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 630 is renumbered to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 625. 

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective October 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULES 1951-1959 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 626
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 29th day of June, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 45 Pa.B. 1607 (April 4, 2015):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1951-1959 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 July 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 227.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 627
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 2nd day of July, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 5563 (August 23, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 227.1 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 October 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULES 220.1 AND 220.2, RENUMBERING AND AMENDING CURRENT RULE 220.1 AS 220.3, AND AMENDING RULE 223.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 

NO. 628
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of July, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 42 Pa.B. 377 (January 21, 2012):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that:
(1) New Rules 220.1 and 220.2 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are adopted;
(2) Current Rule 220.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is renumbered as Rule 220.3 and amended; and
(3) Rule 223.1 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 October 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 3136 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 623
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 29th day of May, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 4996 (July 26, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 3136 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 July 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 103 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES FOR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

NO. 666
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
 AND NOW, this 27th day of May 2015, 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 103 (b) 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), and shall be effective in 30 days.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: REVISION OF EFFECTIVE DATE OF RULES 4001-4016  THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION ON COURT REPORTING AND TRANSCRIPTS

NO. 446
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of May, 2015, it is ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the June 1, 2015 effective date of Rules 4001-4016 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration, governing court reporting and transcripts, is revised to January 1, 2017.  See Order No. 436 Judicial Administration Docket (December 4, 2014).
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 431, 441, 452, 456, 461, AND 1033 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 462
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of April, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 577 (February 1, 2014), and in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 81), 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 431, 441, 452, 456, 461, and 1033 are adopted. 

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective July 10, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 1921 OF THE RULES  OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 

NO. 445
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of April, 2015, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1921 of the Rules of Judicial Administration 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 amendment 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 immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 1921 OF THE RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 

NO. 445
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 7th day of April, 2015, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1921 of the Rules of Judicial Administration 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 amendment 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 immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1972 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 253
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of April, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 5393 (September 7, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1972 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Reinstatement and Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 230.2

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the reinstatement and amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 230.2 governing termination of inactive cases, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They will neither constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX: 717-231-9526
civilrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by May 29, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Civil Procedural Rules Committee,

Peter J. Hoffman

Chair

 

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1972 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 253
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of April, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 5393 (September 7, 2013):

IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1972 is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective May 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.4-4

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.4-4 governing pre-trial procedures in custody cases, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by May 18, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Maria P. Cognetti, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed adoption of CHAPTER 1950. ACTIONS PURSUANT TO THE

PROTECTION OF VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE OR INTIMIDATION ACT

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of a new chapter of rules governing actions pursuant to Act 25 of 2014, Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation, codified at 42 Pa. C.S. §§ 62A01 - 62A20 for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
Fax: 717-231-9531
domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by May 18, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Domestic Relations Procedural
Rules Committee
Maria P. Cognetti, Esq.
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Adoption of new Pa.R.A.P. 126 and Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 2119

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of new Pa.R.A.P. 126 (Citation of Authority), and amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 2119 (Argument), for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Dean R. Phillips, Counsel
Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX: 717-231-9551
appellaterules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by May 30, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Appellate Court Procedural
Rules Committee,
Honorable Renée Cohn Jubelirer
Chair


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 801-816, 818 AND 820, AND RESCINDING RULE 817 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE GOVERNING ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 382
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 13th day of March, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Minor Court Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 4477 (July 19, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 801-816, 818 and 820 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Actions and Proceedings before Magisterial District Judges are amended, and Rule 817 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Actions and Proceedings before Magisterial District Judges is rescinded.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 620
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

AMENDED ORDER

 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of March, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 44 Pa.B. 4340 (July 12, 2014):

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 April 11, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 234.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 618
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of March, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 475 (January 25, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 234.1 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 April 8, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 229 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 619
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of March, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 44 Pa.B. 323 (January 18, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 229 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 April 8, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1910.11, 1910.12, 1915.4-2, 1915.4-3, 1920.51, 1930.4 and 1930.8 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 617
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of March, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 44 Pa.B. 4338 (July 12, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1910.11, 1910.12, 1915.4-2, 1915.4-3, 1920.51, 1930.4 and 1930.8 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 April 3, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 410, 430, 1064, and 1065

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 410, 430, 1064, and 1065 for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.
Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They will neither constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.
Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.
The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX: 717-231-9526
civilrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by May 22, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Civil Procedural Rules Committee,
Peter J. Hoffman
Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

ORPHANS’ COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Rescission and Replacement of Forms G-02, G-03, and G-04, and Proposed Adoption of Forms G-05 and G-06

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the rescission and replacement of Forms G-02, G-03, and G-04, and the adoption of Forms G-05 and G-06, governing guardianships, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report.  Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel

Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9551

orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by April 10, 2015.  E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail.  The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.

By the Orphans’ Court

Procedural Rules Committee,

John F. Meck, Esq.

Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 170 AND 173 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 662
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 12th day of February, 2015, 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):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the modifications to Rules 170 and 173 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.

Madame Justice Todd dissents.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1901.7 and 1905 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 614
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 10th day of February, 2015, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 43 Pa.B. 5448 (September 14, 2013) and republished for additional public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 44 Pa.B. 2199 (April 12, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1901.7 and 1905 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 March 12, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

No. 133
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 9th day of February, 2015, it is hereby ORDERED that Rule 502(b) 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 2015-16 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 502(b) 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.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

NOTICE TO THE BAR

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

TO THE THIRD CIRCUIT RULES

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the proposed amendments to the Rules of Attorney Disciplinary Enforcement are posted for public comment as required by 28 U.S.C. 2071(b) at http://www.ca3.uscourts.gov/. 

Any comments must be received by the Clerk of Court by March 9, 2015.  Comments should be addressed to:

Marcia Waldron, Clerk of Court
21400 United States Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
or by e_mail to: LARS_comments@ca3.uscourts.gov


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 701

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rule 701 (Pleas of Guilty to Multiple Offenses), for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(1), the proposal is being published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comments, suggestions, or objections prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

Any reports, notes, or comments in the proposal have been inserted by the Committee for the convenience of those using the rules. They neither will constitute a part of the rules nor will be officially adopted by the Supreme Court.

Additions to the text of the proposal are bolded and underlined; deletions to the text are bolded and bracketed.

The Committee invites all interested persons to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in writing to:

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

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Friday, March 6, 2015. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting comments, suggestions, or objections; any e-mailed submission need not be reproduced and resubmitted via mail. The Committee will acknowledge receipt of all submissions.
January 28, 2015

By the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee:
Paul M. Yatron, Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1115 AND 1116 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 252
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 30th day of December, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 3054 (May 24, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 1115 and 1116 are amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective 60 days from the date of this Order, and shall apply to petitions for allowance of appeal and answers filed after that date.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 2135 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE 

NO. 251
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 30th day of December, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 2135 is adopted.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective 60 days from the date of this Order and shall apply to briefs filed after that date.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 4.4 OF THE RULES GOVERNING STANDARDS OF CONDUCT OF MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 379
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 18th day of December 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 4.4 of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges 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 amendments 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 amendments herein shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 801

INTRODUCTION

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rule 801 (Qualifications for Defense Counsel in Capital Cases) to correct the description of the prosecutor and to clarify that experience as a prosecutor should be considered to satisfy the experiential requirements of the rule. 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 precede 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, February 27, 2015.
December 15, 2014

BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE:
Paul M. Yatron, Chair

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 528 AND 535 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 457
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 8th day of December 2014, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 42 Pa.B. 6252 (October 6, 2012) and 44 Pa.B. 778 (February 8, 2014), in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 81), 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 528 and 535 are adopted. 

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective February 9, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ADOPTION OF NEW RULES 4000-4016 AND RESCISSION OF RULES 5000.1-5000.13 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 436
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 4th day of December 2014, it is ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 4000-4016 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration are adopted.  It is further ORDERED that Rules 5000.1-5000.13 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration are rescinded.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective June 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1513 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 250
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 2nd day of December, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 44 Pa.B. 2052 (April 5, 2014):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1513 is amended.

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

NO. 610
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 18th day of November, 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 1915.4-1(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 December 18, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 AND 4.4 OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

NO. 433
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 31st day of October, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 are 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 amendments 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 amendments herein shall be effective immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES GOVERNING STANDARDS OF CONDUCT OF MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES 

NO. 377
MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 31st day of October, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges are 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 amendments 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 amendments herein shall be effective December 1, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 1941 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 249
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 19th day of September, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A.103(a)(3) in the interests of efficient administration:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1941 is adopted.

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: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1910.16-4, 1910.16-7, 1910.17 and 1910.27 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 

NO. 608
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 25th day of September, 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 Rules 1910.16-4, 1910.16-7, 1910.17 and 1910.27 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 October 25, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 4.2 AND 4.4 OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

NO. 427 
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER
PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 18th day of September, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 4.2 and 4.4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct of 2014 are 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 amendments 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 immediately.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF EVIDENCE 611

NO. 650 
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 18th day of September, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules of Evidence; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A.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 Rule 611 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence 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: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULES 182 AND 1182 OF THE RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 647
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET 

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 11th day of September, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment before adoption at 43 Pa.B. 2306 (April 27, 2013), in the Atlantic Reporter (Third Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 62, No. 3, May 3, 2013, 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 adoption of new Rules 182 and 1182 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 the rules herein shall be effective October 1, 2016.

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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 139

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, November 7, 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

David L. Ladov, Chair

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

Proposed Recommendation No. 262

Proposed Amendment of Rule 227.1 Governing Post-Trial Relief

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposes that Rule of Civil Procedure 227.1 governing post-trial relief 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 24, 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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 101 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES AND STANDARDS WITH RESPECT TO OFFICES OF MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 374
MAGISTERIAL DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 5th day of August, 2014, IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 101 of the Pennsylvania Rules and Standards with Respect to Offices of Magisterial District Judges is amended.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective on September 4, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 120, 163, 167, 170, 172, 370, 408, 409, and 1120, AND ADOPTING NEW RULE 173 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURE

NO. 641
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 28th day of July, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment before adoption at 40 Pa.B. 4910 (August 28, 2010), in the Atlantic Reporter (Second Series Advance Sheets, Vol. 999, No. 2, September 17, 2010), 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 amendment of Rules 120, 163, 167, 170, 172, 370, 408, 409, and 1120, and the adoption of new Rule 173 of the Pennsylvania 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 September 29, 2014.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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

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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 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 242
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET 

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

no later than Friday, May 30, 2014.

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

 

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

PROPOSED RULES

RECOMMENDATION 126

REPUBLICATION

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

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

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

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

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

By the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee

Carol S. Mills McCarthy, Chair

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. 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

 

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 241
APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 632
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 593
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 124 
DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 592 
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

Reasonable Accommodations Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act 

No. 422
Judicial Administration Docket

ORDER 

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 631
SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET 

ORDER 

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 446
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey M. Wasileski, Counsel

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

NO. 445
CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER 

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

Governing Discontinuances

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

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

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

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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

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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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