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

The General Assembly passed the State budget and recessed until September

New Judges

Saturday night, the Senate confirmed the nomination of four judges for Philadelphia:

Common Pleas—Kenneth Powell, Roger Gordon

Municipal Court—J. Scott O’Keefe, T. Francis Shields

On the Governor’s Desk

The Senate concurred to House amendments to Senate Bill 100 concerning prison and parole reform.  Click for text of bill.  Click for Senate Fiscal Note and Summary.

The House concurred to Senate amendments to House Bill 75 concerning registration of sex offenders.  Among the subjects addressed in the bill are transients.  Click for text of bill.

The House passed Senate Bill 1535 concerning subpoenas for health care records.  The bill goes to the Governor.  Click for text of bill.

Legislative Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on juvenile lifers, July 12 at 10 a.m. in Harrisburg.

The House Judiciary Committee holds hearings on House Bill 1739 (Harhart-D-Westmoreand) establishing a Child Abuse Multidiscipinary Response Account in the Depaertment of Public Welfare, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Harrisburg.  Click for text of bill.


The Free Student Research Center is now OPEN. It will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9AM to 3PM. The Free Student Research Center is available for use by attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and who are court-appointed to the case for which they seek research (either state or CJA!). The Free Student Research Center is located in the Jack Myers Memorial Lounge on the Third Floor of the CJC.

You may make a research request in person or via the Criminal Justice Section website at http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch?appNum=1

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