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

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Session schedule

Senate

December 14 (maybe)

House

December 13, 14, 15, 16

Governor signs bill to eliminate Philadelphia Traffic Court from the Pennsylvania Constitution.  The issue will be submitted to the voters in the spring primary election.

Senate Bill 283 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) amending the state constitution to eliminate the Traffic Court of Philadelphia.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill was signed as Pamphlet Law No. 2.

Bill introduced to remove Supreme Court from appointing judicial oversight boards

Senators Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Philadelphia) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) introduced Senate Bill 1083 (not yet online) a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would strip the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of its power to appoint members of two judicial oversight boards.

The proposed amendment would concern the Court of Judicial Discipline and the Judicial Conduct Board.  Under to proposed amendment:

— The Supreme Court’s authority to appoint members of the Judicial Conduct Board and the Court of Judicial Discipline would be transferred to the governor, who would get two additional appointments to the conduct board; and to the legislature, which would get four appointments to the conduct board and four to the disciplinary court.

— The number of seats held by judges on the conduct board and disciplinary court would be reduced to four from seven.

— The board and court would be funded through a distinct line-item within the judicial budget.

—  Would require the immediate interim suspension of a judge upon the formal filing of disciplinary or felony charges.

Representatives Joanna McClinton (D-Delaware) and Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) joined Sen. Williams at Wednesday’s announcement.

(Source for above items:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Supreme Court adopts new Juvenile Rules pursuant to Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

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January 29 is deadline to comment on revision to comment to Criminal Rule 523 on release criteria

Click for Notice of Rule Making and text

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