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

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Aug. 6, 2018 | Rules 1910.4, 1910.16, 1910.16-4, 1910.17, 1920.1, 1920.13, 1920.15, 1920.31, 1920.51, 1920.52, 1920.54, 1920.56, and 1920.74 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended. Read the order here and the new rules here.

Aug. 8, 2018 | The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 430 governing service by order of court, 1018.1 governing the notice to defend, and 1064 governing service in quiet title actions involving subsurface mineral, oil, and gas rights for the reasons set forth in the accompanying explanatory report. More information here.

Aug. 10, 2018 | Rule 1915.11-1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is amended and Rules 1915.22 and 1915.23 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are adopted. More information here and here

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Aug. 16, 2018 | The Custody Act grants standing to grandparents to file for any form of physical or legal custody when their grandchild is substantially at risk due to parental behaviors. Read the opinion here.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Aug. 15, 2018 | The 8/17 PLJ Opinions is available and contains cases on criminal appeals. Read it here.


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