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


Session schedule

On January 5 the Senate and House return for the ceremonial beginning of the 2016 session of the General Assembly.


Senate is on a 6-hour call.


House is on a 6-hour call.

Weeks ahead

January 5– Ceremonial beginning of the 2016 session of the General Assembly.

January 12– Senate Hearing On Whether Or Not Indicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane Can Fulfill Her Duties With A Suspended Law License.  The Senate Committee on Senate Address report and other background is available online.


Swearing in of new Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices

— Justice-elect Kevin M. Dougherty on January 5  at 4 p.m. at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia;

— Justice-elect David N. Wecht on January 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Duquesne University Union Ballroom in Pittsburgh; and

— Justice-elect Christine L. Donohue on January 8  at 11 a.m. at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.

Justices-elect Dougherty and Wecht will be sworn into office by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor. Justice-elect Donohue will be sworn into office by Madame Justice Debra Todd.

The Pennsylvania Cable Network will record the sessions for later broadcast.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court announces appointments

Honorable Margaret T. Murphy, chair of the Administrative Governing Board of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania on an interim basis.

Honorable Charles A. Erlich, vice chair of the Criminal Rules Procedure Committee

Rhonda Hill Wilson, Esquire, member of the Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness

Supreme Court issues regulation limiting practice of law by employees of Pennsylvania courts
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