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Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

NOTICE: Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing Civil or Orphans’ Court motions on Friday, January 13, 2017.
 
**Instead, Judge Scherer will hear motions on Thursday, January 12, 2017.** 

Disciplinary Board Proposes Anti-discrimination Rule: Comments Due 2/3/17

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published December 3, 2016, at 46 Pa.B. 7519, the Disciplinary Board has proposed an amendment to Rule 8.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Misconduct), adding a new subsection (g), which would make it professional misconduct and grounds for discipline for a lawyer to violate a federal, state or local antidiscrimination statute or ordinance. The Board has set a comment period running through February 3, 2017.

The full text of the proposed amendment adds the following language to the misconduct rule:

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to …

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

NOTICE: Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Friday: Friday, December 30, 2016.

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

New Custody Modification Scheduling Order

The revised form can be found under the Custody Forms and Protocol on the Westmoreland County Website. The scheduling order has been changed to include that if a Guardian Ad Litem has previously been appointed, the filer must send a copy of both the Petition for Modification and the scheduling order to the Guardian Ad Litem. 

PA Supreme Court institutes new continuing education requirements for judges and justices

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted continuing judicial education requirements for judges serving the Supreme, Commonwealth and Superior courts, as well as the Courts of Common Pleas, the Philadelphia Municipal Court and certified senior judges of each.

“Continuing judicial education in Pennsylvania has been on-going and is rich in its history and tradition,” said Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor. “However, we had no formalized process to track attendance by judges covered under this order, or to ensure that we are meeting their diverse educational needs.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Adaptation to Rules of Professional Conduct

PA Supreme Court clarifies rule that pertains to the issue of lawyers advising clients engaged in the medical marijuana industry
 
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a change to its Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys to address questions of whether it is ethically permissible to provide legal advice and assistance to clients engaged in the medical marijuana industry.
 

New hours for the Register of Wills office

In accordance with the courthouse security/park police policy, the Register of Wills office will be opening at 8:30am each day.

Pennsylvania cybercrime by the numbers

HARRISBURG — Cybercrime is crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network. The top convictions in Pennsylvania for cybercrime offenses are computer theft and online pornography. Between 2012 and 2015, there were 1,461 convictions for cybercrime committed by 250 people. The infographic below provides an overview of cybercrime in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania cybercrime by the numbers

PA Courts InfoShare is a bi-weekly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant County Solicitor – Children’s Bureau

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant County Solicitor – Children’s Bureau (60% Full Time Equivalency). Job duties include the following:

  • Represent the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau at Termination of Parental Rights Hearings and Adoption Hearings
  • Prepare petitions and motions associated with those hearings
  • Attend and conduct meetings with Children’s Bureau staff in preparation of cases and hearings
  • Provide advice to caseworkers and Children’s Bureau staff
  • Work with and offer guidance to paralegal staff
  • conduct Shelter Care, Dependency and Permanency Hearings, as needed
  • Perform such additional duties as may be assigned by the Children’s Bureau Chief Solicitor.

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