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