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

Jan. 15, 2018 | 11th Circuit erred in basing its refusal to issue certificate of appealability in petitioner’s habeas corpus case on the ground that the jurists of reason could not dispute that the District Court’s ruling on petitioner’s procedurally defaulted juror bias claim was correct. Read the opinion here.

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Jan. 2, 2018 | Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 462 is amended and the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 460 is revised. Read the order here, the new rule here, and the final report here.

Jan. 16, 2018 | Rule 205.6 (Confidential Information and Confidential Documents. Certification.) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted and Rules 229.2, 240, 1018, and 2028 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended. Read the order here, the rules here, and the explanatory comment here.

Jan. 17, 2018 | The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 403 (Contents of Citation), Rule 407 (Pleas in Response to Citation), 408 (Not Guilty Pleas -Notice of Trial), 409 (Guilty Pleas), 411 (Procedures Following Filing of Citation -Issuance of Summons), 412 (Pleas in Response to Summons), 413 (Not Guilty Pleas -Notice of Trial), 414 (Guilty Pleas), 422 (Pleas in Response to Citation), 423 (Not Guilty Pleas -Notice of Trial), 424 (Guilty Pleas), 454 (Trial in Summary Cases), 456 (Default Procedures: Restitution, Fines, and Costs), 470 (Procedures Related to License Suspension after Failure to Respond to Citation or Summons or Failure to Pay Fine and Costs). Comments due 2/23. Read more here.

Jan. 18, 2018 | There’s a proposed amendment to the index and appendix of Orphans’ Court and Register of Wills forms. Read more here.

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Jan. 3, 2018 | Effective 1/6, all documents filed with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that contain confidential information shall be filed in two versions, a redacted version and an unredacted version. Read more here.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Jan. 19, 2018 | The 1/19 PLJ Opinions is available and contains cases on criminal appeals. Read it here.