Rules of Criminal Procedure

Supreme Court Standardizes Procedures for Sentences of Restitution

Recent amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure aim to standardize the procedures by which restitution is awarded in criminal cases.

By | 2016-04-01T11:35:45+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Standardizes Procedures for Sentences of Restitution

Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

An attorney’s prior experience as a prosecutor is relevant to his or her qualification to represent a capital case defendant, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced in a recent order amending the official Comment to Rule of Criminal Procedure 801.

By | 2016-01-22T14:25:23+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

Criminal Rule Amended to Include Requirements for Petition to Resume Use of Indicting Grand Juries

By order dated September 8, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Rule of Criminal Procedure 556 (Indicting Grand Jury) to specify the form and contents of a petition by a court of common pleas to resume the use of indicting grand juries.

By | 2015-09-23T13:14:36+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Criminal Rule Amended to Include Requirements for Petition to Resume Use of Indicting Grand Juries

Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

On July 7, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted new Rules of Criminal Procedure, and revised and renumbered other Rules, to provide for instructions to prospective and selected jurors concerning the use of personal electronic devices during their service.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

Amendments to Criminal Rules for Setting of Collateral in Summary Cases

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has amended the Rules of Criminal Procedure governing the setting of collateral and incarceration for failure to post collateral in summary cases. The Court’s order, dated April 10, 2015, is effective July 10, 2015.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:29+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Amendments to Criminal Rules for Setting of Collateral in Summary Cases

Full Forfeiture of Bail Bond Justified in Fulton County Murder-Suicide Case

Full forfeiture of a bail bond was warranted where the surety failed to contact the defendant in any manner following his release, the Superior Court ruled in In re Hann.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:30+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Full Forfeiture of Bail Bond Justified in Fulton County Murder-Suicide Case