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


In Re: Order Revising the Comment to Rule 500 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, No. 479 Criminal Procedural Rules Docket  (Preservation of testimony after initiation of criminal proceedings)

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Life & Legacy: An Analysis of the Opinions of Justice Louis D. Brandeis set for September 7

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Louis D. Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association present this evening CLE program with Professor Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.    Click for registration.

Constitutional Amendment to raise judicial retirement age to 75 on November ballot

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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Bruce Beemer sworn in as Attorney General


Bruce Beemer was sworn in Tuesday as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General by Chief Justice Thomas Saylor literally minutes after the Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination by Gov. Wolf.

Beemer, former PA Inspector General and First Deputy Attorney General, takes over from Bruce Castor who held the office only 14 days after the conviction and resignation of Kathleen Kane.


Session Schedule


September 26, 27, 28

October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

November 16


September 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

November 14, 15

Public meeting

September 7-8– Commission On Sentencing. Location To Be Announced. (formal notice)






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