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

The General Assembly is in recess.  The House and Senate have announced their schedules for the fall:

Senate:  September 24, 25.  October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17.  November 14 for leadership election.

House:  September 24, 25, October 1, 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 17, 18

Governor signs Parole/Sentencing Reform and Sex Offender bills into law

Parole/Sentencing Reform: Senate Bill 100 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for sentencing and parole reform.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.  The Governor signed the bill into law as Act 122.

Sexual Offenders: House Bill 75 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for registration of sexual offenders.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The Governor signed the bill into law as Act 91.

Superior Court preparing Media and Public Information Webpage

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Superior Court President Judge Correale Stevens Monday announced the court is preparing a “media and public information” page for itws website to provide easy access to filed court documents from “cases of important public interest.”

“The Superior Court understands the importance of easy access to court filings in caes of public interest,” Judge Stevens said.  “The webpage that the Centre County court created for the Commonwealth v. Sandusky case was widely used and has served as an example of what we hope to accomplish on our website.”

Judge Stevens said that in the pastg only technical filing information called “court dockets” have been placed on the Superior Court website.  However, in cases of special public interest, entire court fiings, called “motions,” will now be posted on th website as soon as practically possible.  This will make detailed information available online, wihtout the necessity of reporters and the public going to the court offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia or Pittsburth to obtain documents.

“We will post as much information as we can,”  Judge Stevens said.  “Of course, for various legal reasons, any docuemtns that are ordered sealed will not be posted on the website until the issue of sealing is resolved.  For example, an ongoing drug investigation would likely be sealed and not immediately available.”

“The Superior Court is excited about this new way to improve access to court filings,”  Judge Stevens said.

Judge Stevens emphasized the new page has been created, but no documents have yet been posted.

From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

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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