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

The General Assembly is in summer recess. The House and Senate return to session on September 19.

House Bill 38 has passed both houses and is awaiting the signature of the Governor. Previously, the jurisidictional limit of the Municipal Court was raised to $12,000. The previous law failed to address the fee schedule for the higher limit. Bill 38 cures this omission I thank Judge Bradley Moss for the clarification.

which would raises fees in connection with the previous increase in the jurisdictional limit of the Philadelphia Municipal Court to $12,000, has passed both houses and is awaiting signature by the Governor.

Senate Bill 100 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery/Bucks) proposing a broad range of changes to procedures relating to sentencing, release, and probation and parole, had first consideration on June 14, and on June 27, was referred to the Senate Appropriations 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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