ACBA Court Capsules
Rule Amendments and Court Opinions of Interest to ACBA Members

As a member benefit, the ACBA gathers information regarding court rule amendments and important court opinions, then publishes this information and relevant links on this web page, under the appropriate court heading. When new information is added, the ACBA will share this news on Twitter and Facebook. Also look for summaries every Tuesday in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. ACBA Court Capsules are presented by bit-x-bit.

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US Supreme Court

Nov. 13, 2017 | An appeal filing deadline prescribed by statute is considered “jurisdictional,” meaning that late filing of the appeal notice necessitates dismissal of the appeal. In contrast, a time limit prescribed only in a court-made rule is not jurisdictional. It is a mandatory claim-processing rule that maybe waived or forfeited. Read the opinion here.

Nov. 14, 2017 | Electronic filing began Nov. 13 at the U.S. Supreme Court, making most new filings accessible to the public for free. More information here.

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Nov. 3, 2017 | Pa. Supreme Court publishes Notice of Filing Fee Increase and Copy and Fee Requirements. View the Notice of Filing Fees Increase here.

Nov. 6, 2017 | View the financial institutions approved as depositories of trust accounts of attorneys here and the Copy and Fee Requirements here.

Nov. 8, 2017 | There’s a proposed amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 407. Read it here.

Nov. 9, 2017 | There’s a proposed amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 191. Read it here.

Nov. 10, 2017 | Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1140. Read more here.

Nov. 15, 2017 | Rules 1005, 1006, and 1007 of the Pa. Rules of Criminal Procedure have been amended. Read the new rules here. Read the final report here. Read the order here

Nov. 16, 2017 | Rules 203 and 513 of the Pa. Rules of Criminal Procedure have been amended. Read the order here, the new rules here, and the final report here

Nov. 17, 2017 | The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee proposes the amendment of Rule 409 to change the outcome from “termination of jurisdiction” to “dismissal of petition” when the court finds the juvenile is “not in need.” Read more here

Nov. 21, 2017 | You can now easily locate county or state court info, contacts, programs and services here

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Nov. 1, 2017 | Abuse of discretion to apply the deadly weapon (used) enhancement absent evidence that defendant used a deadly weapon as defined by the Sentencing Code in the commission of the burglary. Read the opinion here.

Nov. 2, 2017 | 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 9799.24(e)(3), a portion of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act’s (“SORNA’s”) framework for designating a convicted defendant a Sexually Violent Predator (“SVP”), violates the federal and state constitutions. Read the opinion here.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Nov. 22, 2017 | The 11/24 PLJ Opinions is available and contains cases on criminal appeals. Read it here.