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


Legislative schedule

The Governor and legislative leaders are sparring over a resolution of the State budget impasse.  The Republican backed budget was vetoed by the Governor.  The budget should have been enacted by June 30.  The Senate has scheduled sessions for July 13, 14 and 15.  The House has scheduled sessions for July 21 ad 22.

Public hearing

July 14– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 126 (Boscola-D -Lehigh) further providing for intercepting lottery winnings (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 127 (Boscola-D-Lehigh) further providing for state income tax refunds intercepting (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 638 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) requiring notification of the loss of control substances (sponsor summary).  Room 8E-B East Wing. 10 a.m.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)


New Jury instructions about use of electronic devices.   In Re: Order Adopting New Rules 626 and 627, Amending Rules 631, 632, and 647, Approving the Revision of the Comment to Rule 646, and Renumbering Rule 630 as Rule 625 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, No. 464 Criminal Procedural Rules Docket

Click for Per Curiam Order

Click for Renumbering Order

Click for Rule 625

Click for Final Report

Supreme Court PA

September 4 is deadline to comment on proposed change to Comment on Rule 500 concerning preservation of testimony after institution of criminal proceedings

Click for Notice and text of proposed change



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