A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

The House and Senate are in session Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday is the Constitutional deadline for passing the State budget.


Bath Salts Ban: Senate Bill 1006 (Vogel-R-Butler) banning bath salts and certain synthetic drugs was concurred in by the Senate and signed into law by the Governor as Act 7..

Castle Doctrine: House Bill 40 (Perry-R-Cumberland) adopting the Castle Doctrine in the use of guns for self-defense was passed by the Senate without amendment. The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.


House (June 26): Senate Bill 314 (Tomlinson-R-Bucks) prohibiting the use of certain wireless devices while driving.

(June 26): Senate Bill 100 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for sentencing guidelines, intermediate punishment and probation; Senate Bill 117 (D.White-R-Indiana) further providing for offense of carrying a false identification card to obtain liquor; House Bill 38 (Caltagirone-D-Berks) further providing for the disposition of court fines in the City of Philadelphia.


House Bill 1603 (Quigley, R-Montgomery) would count ARD as a first offense under sentencing for retail theft. The bill was reported from the House Judiciary Committee, had first consideration in the House and was sent to the House Rules Committee.

The Criminal Justice Section Student Research Center is open to help you in your court appointed and CJA cases. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The SRC, located in Room 303 of the Criminal Justice Center (The Jack Meyer’s lawyer’s lounge), offers free case law research for court appointed and CJA counsel. The research is provided by law students from local area law schools. Attorneys wishing to request research assistance on a court appointed case can do so either by visiting the lawyer’s lounge directly and meeting with a law student in person or they may submit a research request online at http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch?appNum=1. To make sure a law student will be available for your project, first contact the lounge at 3-7538 or 3-7539 (CJC internal only) or phillysrc1@gmail.com to check student availability.


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