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A new Certificate of Readiness form was adopted by the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County on September 18, 2014, and is effective immediately. The order and form can be accessed online at http://www.westbar.org/local_rules.
NOTICE: President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil and orphans’ court motions on the following Fridays: October 31, 2014, and November 7, 2014.
Judge Marsili will handle President Judge McCormick, Jr.’s motions on November 7, 2014, only.
From the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Historically, the publication of news of the disbarment or suspension of attorneys has been low-key. Notices were issued to newspapers in the area where the lawyer practiced, for publication in the little-read legal notices section of the classified ads. Public discipline is also posted on the Board’s website. The Disciplinary Board believes that communities should know when discipline is imposed on one of their bar, so that practice is changing. The Disciplinary Board has begun issuing press releases of disbarment and suspension cases to media outlets in the market where the disciplined lawyer practices.
“As members of the Disciplinary Board, our duty is to assist the Supreme Court in protecting the public, preserving the integrity of the legal profession and safeguarding the reputation of our courts and the legal system,” said R. Burke McLemore, Jr., Chair of the Disciplinary Board. “By raising awareness of attorney discipline, we highlight our commitment to achieving these goals by demonstrating to the public how the profession is policing itself.”
The decision to focus additional efforts on raising public awareness of such actions arose in part from an incident earlier this year when a Dauphin County lawyer failed to notify his clients that he was forced to surrender his law license.
NOTICE: The 2015 Civil Court Calendars are available in the Court Administrator’s Office, Civil Division Room M10.
Notice from the Court Administrator
Beginning with January, 2015, the Civil Trial Lists will be posted on the Court’s Web Page, and updated one week prior to the trial term. Copies of the trial lists will no longer be mailed to litigants and attorneys.
Once a Certificate of Readiness is filed, all objections decided, and a Pretrial Conference Set, the parties will be responsible for checking the trial lists posted at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us. That posting will be the only Notice you receive.
From the Pennsylvania Bar Association
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IN RE: PUBLICATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS
AND NOW this 28TH day of August, 2014, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the order dated August 21, 2014, IN RE: Publication of Social Security Numbers and Confidential Information, is RESCINDED.
From this date forward, the Westmoreland County Prothonotary, Register of Wills and Clerk of Courts will make a copy of any filing that contains a Social Security Number and redact the Social Security Number on the copy prior to scanning the copy for public view. The un-redacted original shall be filed in the official case file.
In the event a party requests the removal of a Social Security Number from an already scanned document, the appropriate Records’ Office shall, without further Order of Court, remove the scanned document and replace it with a scanned redacted copy. The un-redacted original shall be filed in the official case file.
All audits scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, 2014, are continued to Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
Judge Marsili will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, September 26, 2014. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.
President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil and orphans’ court motions on September 5, 12, and 19, 2014.
Judge Anthony Marsili will hear motions scheduled on September 12, 2014, only, for President Judge McCormick, Jr.
Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.