Court Rules

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 400 and

Proposed Rescission of Pa.R.Civ.P. 400.1

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 400 and the rescission of Pa.R.Civ.P. 400.1 for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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 Nov. 17, 2022. 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,

Kathleen Duffy Bruder

Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 120, 907, 1112, 1311, 1514, and 1602

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 120, 907, 1112, 1311, 1514, and 1602 for the reasons set forth in the 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 will neither constitute a part of the rules nor 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

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 Nov. 4, 2022. 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 J. Andrew Crompton
Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 2005 with Corollary Amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 1007 and 1018

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Pa.R.Civ.P. 2005 with corollary amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 1007 and 1018 for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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 Nov. 4, 2022. 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,

Kathleen D. Bruder

Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 1033

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 1033 for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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 Sept. 26, 2022. 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,
Kathleen D. Bruder
Chair

To view the proposed amendment please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

22-03518


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS APPROVED AS DEPOSITORIES FOR FIDUCIARY ACCOUNTS

NO. 228

DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 5th day of August, 2022, it is hereby Ordered that multiple financial institutions are approved as depositories for fiduciary accounts in accordance with Pa.R.D.E. 221.

To view the list of financial institutions please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

22-03487


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.O.C.P. 14.8

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.O.C.P. 14.8 governing guardianship reporting.  Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to include the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor 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:

Pamela S. Walker, Counsel

Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9546

orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Oct. 11, 2022. 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,

Hon. Emil A. Giordano (ret.)

Chair

To view the proposed amendment please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

22-03469


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Minor Court Rules Committee 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 301, 302, and 321 and Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 351

The Minor Court Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 301, 302, and 321 and the adoption of Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 351. This proposal provides procedural rules for actions initiated pursuant to 75 Pa.C.S. § 3345.1(i.1), relating to civil violations for failing to stop for a school bus, for the reasons set forth in the Publication Report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to include the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor 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:

Pamela S. Walker, Counsel

Minor Court Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9546

minorrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Aug. 24, 2022. 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 Minor Court

Rules Committee,
Honorable Margaret A. Hunsicker, Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 311, 1311, and 1312 

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 311, 1311, and 1312 governing orders sustaining venue, personal jurisdiction, or in rem jurisdiction for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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

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 Sept. 30, 2022. 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 J. Andrew Crompton
Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 122 and 1003; Rescission of Pa.R.Crim.P. 520-529 and Replacement with Pa.R.Crim.P. 520.1-.19; Adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.1, and Renumbering and Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the proposed amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 122 (Appointment of Counsel) and 1003 (Procedure in Non-Summary Municipal Court Cases); rescission of Pa.R.Crim.P. 520-529 and replacement with Pa.R.Crim.P. 520.1-.19 governing bail proceedings; adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.1 (Violation of Probation or Parole: Notice, Detainer, Gagnon I Hearing, Disposition, and Swift Sanction Program), and renumbering and amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708 (Violation of Probation or Parole: Gagnon II Hearing and Disposition), for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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:

Joshua M. Yohe, Counsel

Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
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 Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 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,
Beth A. Lazzara
Chair

To view the rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE  

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING  

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 515, Comment 

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Juvenile Court Procedure 515 (Dispositional Order) to identify a best practice for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be adopted by the Supreme Court.

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

Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel

Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9541

juvenilerules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Feb. 11, 2022. 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 Juvenile

Court Procedural Rules Committee,

Judge Alice Beck Debow, Chair

To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: PROMULGATION OF FINANCIAL REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO ACT 93 OF 2021

NO. 562

JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM:

AND NOW, this 29th day of December, 2021, it is Ordered, pursuant to Article V, Section 10(c) of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and 42 Pa.C.S. § 3502(a), that the amendments to the Financial Regulations are hereby adopted.

To the extent that notice of proposed rulemaking may be required by Pa.R.J.A. 103(a), the immediate promulgation of the regulations is hereby found to be in the interests of efficient administration. See Pa.R.J.A. 103(a)(3).

This Order is to be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. 103(b), and the amendments shall be effective Jan. 1, 2022.

To view the amendments please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

21-05110


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 122 and 1003; Rescission of Pa.R.Crim.P. 520-529 and Replacement with Pa.R.Crim.P. 520.1-.19; Adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.1, and Renumbering and Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the proposed amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 122 (Appointment of Counsel) and 1003 (Procedure in Non-Summary Municipal Court Cases); rescission of Pa.R.Crim.P. 520-529 and replacement with Pa.R.Crim.P. 520.1-.19 governing bail proceedings; adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.1 (Violation of Probation or Parole: Notice, Detainer, Gagnon I Hearing, Disposition, and Swift Sanction Program), and renumbering and amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708 (Violation of Probation or Parole: Gagnon II Hearing and Disposition), for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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:

Joshua M. Yohe, Counsel

Criminal Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
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 Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 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,
Beth A. Lazzara
Chair

To view the rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

21-05053


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE  

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING  

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 515, Comment 

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Juvenile Court Procedure 515 (Dispositional Order) to identify a best practice for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be adopted by the Supreme Court.

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

Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel

Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9541

juvenilerules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Feb. 11, 2022. 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 Juvenile

Court Procedural Rules Committee,

Judge Alice Beck Debow, Chair

To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed New Pa.R.J.C.P. 160.1 and 1160.1

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania new Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure 160.1 and 1160.1 to provide for statewide judicial access to limited information contained in the Common Pleas Case Management System related to dependency and delinquency proceedings for the reasons set forth in the explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be adopted by the Supreme Court.

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

Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel
Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
PO Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635
FAX: 717-231-9541
juvenilerules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Jan. 11, 2022. 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 Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, Judge Alice Beck Dubow, Chair

To view the report please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO RULES 250-252 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION AND ADOPTION OF RULES 260-263 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

NO. 561

JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 19th day of November 2021, it is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 250-252 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration are amended, and Rules 260-263 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration are adopted.

To the extent that notice of proposed rulemaking would otherwise be required by Pa.R.J.A. 103, the immediate promulgation of the amended and adopted rules is found to be in the interest of efficient administration.

This Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. 103(b), and shall be effective Jan. 1, 2022.

To view the rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

ORPHANS’ COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.O.C.P. 1.20

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Pa.R.O.C.P. 1.20 governing advanced communication technology for the reasons set forth in the 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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:

Pamela S. Walker, Counsel

Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9546

orphanscourtproceduralrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Jan. 4, 2022. 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 To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 140 and 1140

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure 140 and 1140 concerning the use of Advance Communications Technology in juvenile court proceedings for the reasons set forth in the 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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:

Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel

Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9541

juvenilerules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Jan. 4, 2022. 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 Juvenile Court

Procedural Rules Committee,

Judge Alice Beck Dubow, Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 1930.3

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 1930.3 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 report was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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 Jan. 4, 2022. 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

Jennifer P. Bierly, Esq.

Chair

To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.Civ.P. 244

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Pa.R.Civ.P. 244 for the reasons set forth in the 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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 Jan. 4, 2022. 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,

Honorable Christine A. Ward

Chair

To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

MINOR COURT RULES COMMITTEE 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING 

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 202 and 215

The Minor Court Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 202 and 215 governing advanced communication technology for the reasons set forth in the explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 report accompanying this proposal was prepared by the Committee to indicate the rationale for the proposed rulemaking. It will neither constitute a part of the rules nor be 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:

Pamela S. Walker, Counsel

Minor Court Rules Committee

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

PO Box 62635

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2635

FAX: 717-231-9546

minorrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by Jan. 4, 2022. 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 Minor Court

Rules Committee,

Hon. Margaret A. Hunsicker

Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

[204 PA. CODE CH. 81]

Proposed Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct Relating to Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice is hereby given that The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (“Board”) is considering recommending to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that the Court amend Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e) and related commentary.

EXPLANATORY REPORT

Rule 1.8(e) prohibits a lawyer from providing financial assistance to a client in connection with pending or contemplated litigation. There are two exceptions: advancing court costs and expenses of litigation, the repayment of which may be contingent on the outcome of the matter; and paying court costs and expenses of litigation on behalf of a client when a lawyer represents an indigent client. Comment [10] explains that allowing lawyers to subsidize lawsuits and administrative proceedings, including making or guaranteeing loans to their clients for living expenses, could encourage clients to pursue lawsuits that might not otherwise be brought and give lawyers too great a financial stake in the litigation. However, the advancement of court costs and litigation expenses is permissible because such costs and expenses are comparable to contingent fees and in the situation of representing indigent clients, helps ensure access to the courts.

The Board’s proposal would add another exception to Rule 1.8(e) to allow a lawyer representing an indigent client pro bono to provide modest gifts to the client for food, rent, transportation, medicine, and other basic living expenses. Under the proposed new exception, a lawyer would not be permitted to (1) promise, assure or imply the availability of financial assistance before the client retains the lawyer or do so as a means to induce the client to continue the client-lawyer relationship; (2) seek or accept reimbursement from the client or a relative or affiliate of the client; and (3) publicize or advertise a willingness to provide gifts to prospective clients beyond court costs and expenses of litigation in connection with contemplated or pending litigation or administrative proceedings. The proposed exception represents narrow circumstances and none of the concerns raised by the current prohibition is present.

The proposal to add a narrow exception to RPC 1.8(e) reflects the recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted historically marginalized communities and has heightened concerns that vulnerable Pennsylvanians have restricted access to justice. The proposal is in keeping with the legal profession’s ongoing efforts to afford access to justice to those in need. With the appropriate limitations in place to mitigate the risk of abuse, lawyers should have the discretion whether to make modest gifts to indigent clients they represent on a pro bono basis without fear of potential discipline.

In making this proposal, the Board notes that in August 2020, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) adopted an amendment to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e) to permit lawyers to make modest gifts to pro bono clients for necessities.1 The proposed changes would substantially conform Pennsylvania’s RPC 1.8(e) to correspond to the ABA Model Rule.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections by mail, email or facsimile to the Executive Office, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 5600, PO Box 62625, Harrisburg, PA 17106-2625, facsimile number (717-231-3381), email address Dboard.comments@pacourts.us on or before Sept. 27, 2021.

By The Disciplinary Board of the

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Jesse G. Hereda
Executive Director

1Eleven jurisdictions have an exception to the prohibition on financial assistance to clients.  See, ABA Report 107. To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

[204 PA. CODE CH. 83]

Proposed Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement Relating to the Disciplinary Board’s Power to Authorize Electronic Means to Conduct Proceedings and Public Access Through Livestream Technology

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice is hereby given that The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (“Board”) is considering recommending to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that the Court amend Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement 205 and 402.

EXPLANATORY REPORT

Consistent with state courts and agencies in the Commonwealth, during the COVID-19 outbreak the Board has continued its essential operations by conducting hearings, arguments, reprimands and other proceedings remotely through the use of advanced video communication technology. Livestream technology provides public access to public proceedings. Recognizing both that the future is uncertain and that the use of remote proceedings and livestream technology has benefitted the disciplinary system by providing flexibility and greater public access, the Board proposes amendments to Rules 205(c) and 402(j).

Pa.R.D.E. 205(c) enumerates the Board’s powers and duties. The Board’s proposal adds the additional power to authorize electronic means to conduct proceedings within the rules and decisional law of the Court and the Board. While current Rule 402(j) gives the Board, as well as hearing committees, special masters and the Supreme Court, the ability to authorize electronic and photographic means during a proceeding to present evidence, perpetuate the record, or for other judicial administration purposes, the Board determined that it is necessary to solidify its power to authorize electronic means by specifically setting forth that power in Rule 205.

Pa.R.D.E. 402 governs access to disciplinary information and confidentiality.   The Board’s proposal amends subdivision (j) to address public access to public proceedings. New subparagraph (j)(2) provides that public access to a public proceeding before a hearing committee, special master or the Board shall consist of or be supplemented by livestream technology.  Based on the experience gained over the past 16 months, the Board views the public’s ability to observe livestreamed public proceedings on YouTube as a great benefit.  The livestream allows much greater access to disciplinary and reinstatement proceedings, as it affords members of the public the convenience of viewing a proceeding from any location, rather than having to attend a proceeding in-person at one of the district offices in the Commonwealth. The proposed revisions further provide that the livestream access ceases upon the conclusion of the proceeding and the official record of the proceeding is the record generated by the court reporter, if such is applicable.

The use of livestream technology does not prohibit the public from attending proceedings in-person.  Proposed subparagraph (j)(3) permits public access to a public proceeding through a request process, which will ensure adherence to any health and safety policies in place at the time of the request. The tandem approach of livestream technology and public access upon request accomplishes reasonable means of access to disciplinary proceedings.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections by mail, email or facsimile to the Executive Office, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 5600, PO Box 62625, Harrisburg, PA 17106-2625, facsimile number (717-231-3381), email address Dboard.comments@pacourts.us on or before Sept. 27, 2021.

By The Disciplinary Board of the

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Jesse G. Hereda

Executive Director To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 8.4 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

No. 213

DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 26th day of July, 2021, 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 and efficient administration 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 8.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct is amended.

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

Additions to the rules are in bold and are underlined.

Deletions from the rules are shown in bold and brackets.

Justice Mundy files a dissenting statement.

To view the rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

21-02990


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 216, 227.1, 234.6, 1558, 1559, 1565, 1569, 1571, 1572, 1573, and 1574

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rules 216, 227.1, 234.6, 1558, 1559, 1565, 1569, 1571, 1572, 1573, and 1574 for the reasons set forth in the explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 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 Sept. 24, 2021.  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,

John J. Hare

Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

21-02991


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1311.1

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rule 1311.1 for the reasons set forth in the explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 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 Sept. 24, 2021.  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,

John J. Hare

Chair

To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.

21-02992


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1035.3

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Rule 1035.3 for the reasons set forth in the explanatory report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 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 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 Sept. 30, 2021. 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,
John J. Hare, Chair

To view the proposed rule amendment please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/ supreme-court/court-opinions/.

21-03045


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 1926, 1931, 1951, 1952, 2132, and 2151

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 1926, 1931, 1951, 1952, 2132, and 2151 for the reasons set forth in the 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 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
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 28, 2021. 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,
Patricia A. McCullough
Chair
To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 121, 122, 125, 1921, 1931, 2173, 2174, and 2701 with Correlative Amendment of 120, 123, 124, 551, 554, 556, 902, 906, 907, 908, 1101, 1102, 1111, 1115, 1121, 1301, 1311, 1312, 1321, 1571, 1734, 1932, 1934, 1941, 1952, 1973, 2152, 2153, 2156, 2171, 2176, 2541, 2546, 2571, 3101, 3114, and 3901 (omitted)

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 121, 122, 125, 1921, 1931, 2173, 2174, and 2701 with Correlative Amendment of 120, 123, 124, 551, 554, 556, 902, 906, 907, 908, 1101, 1102, 1111, 1115, 1121, 1301, 1311, 1312, 1321, 1571, 1734, 1932, 1934, 1941, 1952, 1973, 2152, 2153, 2156, 2171, 2176, 2541, 2546, 2571, 3101, 3114, and 3901 (omitted) for the reasons set forth in the 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 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
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 28, 2021. 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,
Patricia A. McCullough
Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 120 and 121 with Correlative Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 907(b), 1112(f), 1311(d), 1514(d), and 1602(d) (omitted)

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 120 and 121 with Correlative Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 102, 907(b), 1112(f), 1311(d), 1514(d), and 1602(d) (omitted) for the reasons set forth in the 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 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
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 28, 2021. 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,
Patricia A. McCullough
Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 226, 227, and 230.1

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 226, 227, and Rule 230.1 for the reasons set forth in the 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 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 7, 2021. 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,
John J. Hare
Chair

To view the proposed rule changes please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1702

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1702 governing stays ancillary to appeal for the reasons set forth in the 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 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
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 21, 2021. 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,
Patricia A. McCullough
Chair

To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1930.4

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1930.4 for the reasons set forth in the 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 May 14, 2021. 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
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair
To view the proposed rule change please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 242

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Rule 242 for the reasons set forth in the 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 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 April 23, 2021. 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,
John J. Hare
Chair

To view the proposed rule please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 242

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Rule 242 for the reasons set forth in the 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 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 April 23, 2021. 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,
John J. Hare
Chair

To view the proposed rule please visit http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/court-opinions/.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

[204 PA.CODE CH. 81]

Proposed Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct Regarding

Information About Legal Services

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice is hereby given that the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (“Board”) plans to recommend to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that it adopt amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPC”) relating to information about legal services, as set forth in Annexes A and B. To enhance readability, a “clean” version of the proposal is set forth in Annex C.

In August 2018, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) adopted significant revisions to its Model Rules relating to how lawyers communicate with prospective clients and the public at large regarding their services. These revisions were designed to update and streamline the advertising rules, recognizing that the manner and modes of lawyer communications with others have changed in a pronounced way over time. Pennsylvania historically has supported adoption of the ABA Model Rules, except where policy considerations justify a deviation from the Model Rule language.

Recognizing that Pennsylvania’s RPCs have been in place for decades without substantial change, and further recognizing that consistency in application and in interpretation of the rules regulating lawyer conduct is important in the realm of lawyer communication in the digital age, the Board is considering amending RPC 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5 and 7.7 to substantially conform to the ABA Model Rules. In effect, the proposal consolidates current RPCs 7.1 through 7.5 and 7.7 into proposed RPCs 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3.

Proposed revisions to RPCs 7.1 and 7.5

Proposed revisions to the RPC preserve the blackletter rule of RPC 7.1, which prohibits a lawyer from making a “false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services.” Current RPC 7.5, which is titled “Firm Names and Letterheads,“ is essentially comprised of examples of potentially false or misleading communications about lawyers or lawyers’ services, which are currently prohibited by RPC 7.1. The proposed revisions incorporate RPC 7.5 into Comments [5] through [8] to RPC 7.1, eliminating redundancy.

Proposed revisions to RPCs 7.2, 7.4, and .7.7

Current RPC 7.2 governs advertising. Numerous revisions are proposed as follows:

• The title is changed from “Advertising” to “Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services: Specific Rules.”

• Current RPC 7.2(a) is amended to conform to ABA Model Rule 7.2(a).

• Current RPC 7.2(b), requiring a lawyer to retain a copy or recording of an advertisement or written communication for two years after its last dissemination, is deleted.

• Current RPC 7.2(c), renumbered as 7.2(b), is amended to conform to ABA Model Rule 7.2(b). Comment [6] incorporates the blackletter of current RPC 7.7 relating to a lawyer referral service.

• New RPC 7.2(c) incorporates the blackletter provisions of current RPC 7.4(a)(1) – (3) pertaining to communication of fields of practice, and adds the following:

New paragraph (c)(2) permits a lawyer to state that the lawyer is a specialist in a particular field if the lawyer “is currently certified as a specialist in a particular field of law under the regulations of the highest court of a state in which that lawyer is licensed to practice…so long as the lawyer clearly designates the jurisdiction from which the certification was issued and, unless the lawyer is also certified [by an organization approved by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as a certifying organization], the communication also states that the lawyer is not certified in Pennsylvania.”

New paragraph (c)(3) permits a lawyer to state that the lawyer is a specialist in a particular field if the lawyer, even if not certified as a specialist, “can objectively verify the claim based upon the lawyer’s experience, specialized training or education, and the claim is not otherwise false or misleading in violation of Rue 7.1.”

• New RPC 7.2(d) incorporates the blackletter provisions of current RPC 7.4(b)(1) and (2), relating to approval by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania of a certifying organization.

• Current RPC 7.2(d), prohibiting endorsement by celebrities or public figures, is deleted.

• Current RPC 7.2(e), requiring that an advertisement or public communication containing a paid endorsement disclose that the endorser is being paid or compensated for his or her appearance or endorsement, is retained.

• Current RPC 7.2(f), prohibiting portrayals of a lawyer by a nonlawyer is deleted, but the prohibition against using a fictitious name to refer to lawyers not associated in a firm is retained.

• Current RPC 7.2(g), prohibiting a portrayal of a client by a non-client, or a dramatization without a disclosure, is deleted.

• Current RPC 7.2(h), renumbered as 7.2(g), is retained.

• Current RPC 7.2(i), renumbered as 7.2(h), is retained.

• Current 7.2(j), renumbered as 7.2(i), is retained.

• Current RPC 7.2(k), renumbered as 7.2(j), is amended by deleting the requirement that a lawyer handle all aspects of particular types of cases “from intake through trial” in order to advertise that the lawyer or lawyer’s firm will only accept or has a practice limited to particular types of cases. The amended rule permits such statements if the lawyer handles particular types of cases as a principal part of the lawyer’s or law firm’s practice

• New RPC 7.2(k) requires that any communication under this rule include the name and contact information of at least one lawyer responsible for its content.

Proposed revisions to RPC 7.3

The proposed revisions to RPC 7.3 would clarify and update the definition of “solicitation” in order to reflect modern modes of communication. It would also follow the lead of the corresponding Model Rule by expanding the parties who may properly be solicited through “live person-to-person contact,” as defined in the rule, to include persons with whom a lawyer or law firm has a prior business relationship, as well as persons who “routinely use for business purposes the type of legal services offered by the lawyer.”

Proposed amendments are as follows:

• Revisions to RPC 7.3(a) delete the current text and define “solicitation” or “solicit’ as a “communication initiated by or on behalf of a law firm that is directed to a specific person the lawyer knows or reasonably should know, needs legal services in a particular matter and that offers to provide, or reasonably can be understood as offering to provide, legal services for that matter.”

• New RPC 7.3(b) incorporates the second sentence of current RPC 7.3(a) with modifications. It permits a lawyer to solicit professional employment by live person-to-person contact when a significant motive is the lawyer’s or the law firm’s pecuniary gain, if the lawyer’s contact is with a person who has a prior business relationship with the lawyer or the law firm, or a person who routinely uses the type of legal services involved for business purposes. New Comment [2] clarifies that person-to-person contact does not include chat rooms, text messages or other written communications that recipients may easily disregard.

• New RPC 7.3(c) permits solicitation by targeted, direct mail which is authorized by the last sentence of current RPC 7.3(a).

• New RPC 7.3(d) incorporates current RPC 7.3(a).

• RPC 7.3(e) permits communication authorized by law or a court order such as notice to potential members of a class in class action litigation.

• RPC 7.3(f) permits a lawyer to participate with a prepaid or group legal service plan that uses live person-to-person contact to enroll members or sell subscriptions for the plan.

• The proposal retains Pennsylvania’s exception to direct solicitation of clients through written communication under current RPC 7.3(b)(4). This provision is not present in the ABA Model Rules.

Other proposed revisions

The Board proposes changes to Comments [4] and [21] of RPC 5.5 to conform to the proposed amendments to the advertising rules.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by mail, email or facsimile regarding the proposed amendments to the Executive Office, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 5600, PO Box 62625, Harrisburg, PA 17106-2625, Facsimile number (717-231-3381), Email address Dboard.comments@pacourts.us on or before May 21, 2021.

By the Disciplinary Board of the

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Jesse G. Hereda
Executive Director
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.11

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania an amendment to Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.11 for the reasons set forth in the publication report. Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No 103(a)(1), the proposal is being republished 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 14, 2021. 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
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed rescission of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1920.46 and adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1932

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the rescission of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1920.46 and adopted of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1932 for the reasons set forth in the 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 May 14, 2021. 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
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair

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CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 243 and Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 237.1, 1037, 2955, 3031, 3103, and 3146

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Rule 243 and the amendment of Rules 237.1, 1037, 2955, 3031, 3103, and 3146 for the reasons set forth in the 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 April 23, 2021. 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,
John J. Hare
Chair

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DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendments of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1901, 1901.3, 1910.11, 1910.12, 1915.4-2, 1915.4-3, 1920.1, 1920.31, 1920.33, 1920.42, 1920.45, 1920.46, 1920.51, 1920.53, 1920.54, 1920.55-1, 1920.55-2, 1920.55-3, 1920.61, 1920.74, 1920.91, 1930.7, and 1931

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amendments to Pa.R.C.P. No. 1901, 1901.3, 1910.11, 1910.12, 1915.4-2, 1915.4-3, 1920.1, 1920.31, 1920.33, 1920.42, 1920.45, 1920.46, 1920.51, 1920.53, 1920.54, 1920.55-1, 1920.55-2, 1920.55-3, 1920.61, 1920.74, 1920.91, 1930.7, and 1931 for the reasons set forth in the 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 May 14, 2021. 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
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair

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CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 242

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Rule 242 for the reasons set forth in the 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 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 April 23, 2021. 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,
John J. Hare
Chair

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING RULE 463 AND REVISING THE COMMENTS TO RULES 458, 460, 462, AND 546 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

NO. 528

CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,
 this 27th day of January, 2021, upon the recommendation of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published before adoption at 49 Pa.B. 833 (February 23, 2019), 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 463 is adopted and the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 458, 460, 462, and 546 are revised.

This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective June 1, 2021.

To view the rules please visit here.

21-00397


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendments to Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, and 1910.16-6

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amendments to Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, and 1910.16-6 for the reasons set forth in the 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
Email: domesticrules@pacourts.us

All communications in reference to the proposal should be received by March 19, 2021. 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
Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 515 AND 516 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE BEFORE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

NO. 449

MAGISTERIAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,
 this 4th day of December, 2020, 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 515 and 516 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 on Jan. 1, 2021.

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

Deletions from the rules are shown in bold and brackets.

To view the amended rules please visit here.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.11-2

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.11-2 – Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem – for the reasons set forth in the 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 Feb. 12, 2021. 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
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair
20-04495

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court

DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1930.2

The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1930.2 – No Post-Trial Motions. Motions for Reconsideration – for the reasons set forth in the 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 Feb. 12, 2021. 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
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford
Chair
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20-04496


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF EXPLANATORY COMMENT [5] TO RULE 1.5, PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

NO. 204

DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 25th day of November, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to adopt new Explanatory Comment [5] to Rule 1.5 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (“Pa.R.P.C.”), as published for comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 50 Pa.B. 4013 (August 8, 2020):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, that the new Explanatory Comment [5] to Rule 1.5 of the Pa.R.P.C. is adopted, and that prior Explanatory Comments [5] and [6] are renumbered as [6] and [7]. This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

Material to be added is shown in bold and underlined.

Material to be deleted is shown in bold and brackets.

To view the amended rule please visit here.

20-04534


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULE 213 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ADMISSION RULES

NO. 859

SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW
, this 24th day of November, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Board of Law Examiners, the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin at volume 50, no. 32 (August 8, 2020):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 213 of the Bar Admission Rules is amended to add subpart (c).

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

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

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20-04535


APPELLATE COURT PROCEDURAL RULES COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1925(c)

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering proposing to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1925(c) governing remand to the trial court for service nunc pro tunc of the statement of the errors complained of on appeal for the reasons set forth in the 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 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
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 Jan. 20, 2021. Email 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.

By the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee,
Patricia A. McCullough
Chair

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20-04436


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: RECOGNITION OF THE SPECIAL COURT JUDGES ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA AS THE ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES, AND AS TO CERTAIN MATTERS, JUDGES OF THE PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL COURT

NO. 858

SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM AND NOW,
 this 16th day of November, 2020, pursuant to the authority set forth in 42 Pa.C.S. §1728, the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania is hereby designated as the association that is most broadly representative of the Magisterial District Judges of this Commonwealth.

The Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania is hereby also designated as the association that is most broadly representative of the judges of the Philadelphia Municipal Court as to matters that do not fall within those judges’ representation by the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges.

20-04378


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS APPROVED AS DEPOSITORIES FOR FIDUCIARY ACCOUNTS

NO. 203

DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW
, this 6th day of November, 2020, it is hereby Ordered that the financial institutions named are approved as depositories for fiduciary accounts in accordance with Pa.R.D.E. 221. To view the list please visit here.
20-04312


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: ADOPTION OF RULE 404 AND AMENDMENT OF RULES 102, 201(a)(3), 204(c), 217(d)(3) AND 219(b)(2) OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

NO. 202

DISCIPLINARY RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,
 this 29th day of October, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the proposal having been published for comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 50 Pa.B. 2631 (May 23, 2020):

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, that Rule 404 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement is adopted, and Rules 102, 201(a)(3), 204(c), 217(d)(3) and 219(b)(2) are amended.

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

Material to be added is bolded and underlined. Material to be deleted is bolded and in brackets.

To view the rule changes please visit here.
20-04162


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 201 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ADMISSION RULES

NO. 854

SUPREME COURT RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,
 this 29th day of October, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Board of Law Examiners of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the proposal having been published for comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 50 Pa.B. 2631 (May 23, 2020), in the context of the corresponding amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement:

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, that Rule 201 of the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules is amended.

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

Material to be added is bolded and underlined. Material to be deleted is bolded and in brackets. To view the rule amendment please visit here. 20-04163


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 904 AND 907 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE

NO. 291

APPELLATE PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,
 this 22nd day of October, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been published for public comment at 49 Pa.B. 2712 (June 1, 2019):

It is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 904 and 907 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure are amended.

This Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective Jan. 1, 2021. Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined. Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

To view the amended rule please visit here.
20-04056


Pennsylvania Supreme Court

IN RE: ORDER AMENDING RULES 1915.10 AND 1930.1 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

NO. 710

CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW,
 this 22nd day of October, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee, the proposal having been published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 49 Pa.B. 2714 (June 1, 2019):

It is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rules 1915.10 and 1930.1 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 Jan. 1, 2021.

Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined. Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.

To view the amended rules please visit here.
20-04057