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

PaCapitolCharles Klitsch, Esquire, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s director of public and legal services, reports:


We have serious concerns about HB 436 (attached) which was signed by Governor Corbett on April 15, 2014 and became Act 32 of 2014.  As you can see from the language of the bill, lawyers could face criminal charges for not making a report.  The reporting requirement and potential criminal consequences also apply to employees of lawyers.


This Blog previously misidentified the Bill as SB 31 signed into law as Act 44.   SB 31 addressed procedures on reports of child abuse.  The previous law on mandatory reporters was deleted in SB 31 and re-enacted and expanded in HB 436.


Click for text of HB 436 (Act 32).  The law becomes effective on June 15, 2014.


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