February 24 is deadline to comments on proposed changes to Criminal Rules
Proposed amendment to Rules 203 and 513 concerning arrest warrants. Click for proposed rule.
Proposed amendment to Rule 1006 concerning notice of right to appeal. Click for proposed rule.
Proposed rescission of Rule 107 and adoption of new Rule 107 concerning subpoenas. Click for proposed rule.
January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
February 1, 6, 7, 8
March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24
June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
January 23, 24, & 25.
February 6, 7, & 8.
March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22.
April 3, 4, 5 , 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26.
May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, & 24.
June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30
February 7– Gov. Wolf Presents His FY 2017-18 Budget Proposal.
From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest
New House Committee chairs
Aging and Older Adult Services
Majority: Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester)
Minority: Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Lehigh)
Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Majority: Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron)
Minority: Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) NEW
Majority: Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) NEW
Minority: Rep. Joe Markosek D-Allegheny)
Children and Youth
Majority: Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks)
Minority: Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre) NEW
Majority: Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) NEW
Minority: Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia)
Majority: Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery)
Minority: Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks) NEW
Majority: Rep. David Hickernell (R-Lancaster) NEW
Minority: Rep. James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia)
Environmental Resources and Energy
Majority: Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny
Minority: Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) NEW
Majority: Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks)
Minority: Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny)
Game and Fisheries
Majority: Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York)
Minority: Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria) NEW
Majority: Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) NEW
Minority: Rep. Patrick Harkins (D-Erie) NEW
Majority: Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford)
Minority: Rep. Florindo (Flo) Fabrizio (D-Erie)
Majority: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks)
Minority: Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia)
Majority: Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford)
Minority: Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny)
Majority: Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin)
Minority: Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca (D-Westmoreland)
Labor and Industry
Majority: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) NEW
Minority: Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks) NEW
Majority: Rep. Adam Harris (R-Juniata)
Minority: Rep. Paul Costa (R-Allegheny)
Majority: Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery)
Minority: Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton)
Majority: Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) NEW
Minority: Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny)
Majority: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler)
Minority: Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) NEW
Tourism and Recreational Development
Majority: Rep. David Millard (R-Columbia) NEW
Minority: Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer) NEW
Majority: Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia)
Minority: Rep. William F. Keller (D-Philadelphia)
Majority: Rep. Mark Keller (R-Cumberland) NEW
Minority: Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Philadelphia) NEW
Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness
Majority: Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Delaware)
Minority: Rep. Christopher Sainato (D-Lawrence)
House Republican Policy Committee
Chair: Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York)
There appointments are unofficial until announced on the House floor.
From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest
Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopts uniform standards for record requests
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new order that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records.
The policy includes how requests for access are to be handled, establishes a limit on copying fees and delineates what information will be safeguarded.
The policy was initially published in draft form for public comment in 2015, and responses were considered and changes were made. The new policy goes into effect in January 2018, although courts, attorneys and parties may begin preparing for the transition now.
“This new policy simplifies and unifies the process by which the public may access case records in trial and appellate courts statewide, but it does so while safeguarding the privacy and safety of citizens,” said Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor. “It reflects the judiciary’s long commitment to making court records open and accessible to the public.
“The policy is built upon the principle that court records are open for inspection by the public while maintaining appropriate boundaries for the protection of individuals who come into the court system. In the internet age, courts are mindful of the damage that can be caused to citizens by dissemination of highly sensitive, private information that may be found in a court file.”
The policy provides four different ways of safeguarding sensitive information:
1. Certain types of information cannot be included in court filings, but instead must be identified to the court on a separate form, called a Confidential Information Form (CIF), and attached to the filing.
— As an alternative to filing that CIF, a court may require a party to file two versions of every document with the court – both a redacted (without sensitive information) and unredacted version (which includes sensitive information).
— Only the redacted version will be available to the public.
— Social Security numbers are an example of information which falls under this section of the policy.
2. Certain documents must be filed with a Confidential Document Form (CDF).
— Any document filed with this form will not be accessible to the public; however, the CDF or a copy of it will be accessible.
— Financial documents are examples of documents falling under this section of the policy.
3. Certain cases – are not accessible to the public because there is no method to ensure that all of the sensitive information contained in the case file can be redacted before permitting public access.
— This policy adds two types of cases to those already protected under existing legal authority: cases pertaining to birth records and cases filed in incapacity proceedings. However, for these cases, the docket and court orders and opinions or final decrees will remain available for public inspection.
4. Certain information is only accessible at the courthouse and not online
— Family court records, except for dockets, court orders and opinions, are an example of information which falls under this section of the policy.
Parties and their attorneys will be responsible for safeguarding information in the documents they file with the courts. Courts may impose appropriate sanctions upon a party or attorney for failing to comply with the new policy.
The policy is the result of a multi-year review by a group led by co-chairs Commonwealth Court Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer and Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lois E. Murphy, who were the original visionaries for the project.
The work group included judges, court administrators, appellate court prothonotaries, county filing office personnel, representatives from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Supreme Court’s rules committees and staff of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
The most current public access policy for the state’s magisterial district courts was adopted in 2010. Electronic case records are governed by a separate policy which was effective in January 2007 and updated in 2013.
Each court is required to have a copy of the policy available for public inspection.
Throughout 2017 the AOPC will work with judges, court staff, lawyers’ organizations and others with business before the courts to educate them about the new requirements.
Copies of the Order, Public Access Policy, Limits on Public Access, and Explanatory Report.
From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest
January 31 is deadline to apply for Supreme Court boards and committees
Board of Law Examiners. Click for information.
Disciplinary Board. Click for information.
Continuing Legal Education Board. Click for information.
Connecticut statehood January 9