By order dated June 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Rules 1951-1959 of Civil Procedure to establish procedures for actions brought under the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act, 42 Pa. C.S. §§62A01-62A20. This new law, which became effective July 1, 2015, permits a victim of sexual violence or intimidation to petition a court for an emergency order of protection from a defendant. The new civil rules were also effective July 1, 2015.
In another order dated June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court approved amendments to Rules 206 and 1201-1209, and the Official Notes to Rules 112, 215 and 1210-1211 of the Rules of Civil Procedure before Magisterial District Judges. The amended rules and corresponding Official Notes, available here, add references to the new emergency protective orders, add required definitions and statutory references, and make the rules gender neutral. The Final Report of the Minor Court Rules Committee provides further information. These amendments were effective July 1, 2015.