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2,121 Pennsylvania Drivers Cited for “Distracted Driving” in 2014

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania drivers were cited 1,410 times in 2014 for texting while driving and 711 times for using headphones while driving, according to statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).

In Pennsylvania it is illegal for drivers to read, write or send a text message while driving. Pennsylvania’s “no texting” law, Title 75, Section 3316, took effect in March 2012. Since then, more than 3,940 tickets for texting while driving have been issued statewide. In fact, citations have increased each year:
2012 – 1,190
2013 – 1,340
2014 – 1,410

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Marsili will not be hearing civil or orphans' court motions on Friday, May 1, 2015. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Westmoreland County Court Language Access Plan

The Westmoreland County Court Language Access Plan (LAP) required by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts became effective March 1, 2015. The goal of the LAP is to provide meaningful access to the court services for persons with limited English Proficiency (LEP) or who are deaf or hard of hearing. The forms to be utilized in implementing the LAP can be found on the Court Administration section of the Court's website.

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The Future of Legal Education--PBI's Ground-breaking "Virtual Town Hall"

On March 31, 2015, The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will initiate a dialog about the future of legal education.

Bringing together the organized bar, law schools, CLE providers, and leading practitioners from the private and corporate bar, this international webcast will focus on identifying specific knowledge, skills, competencies, and personal and character traits that epitomize exceptional lawyers in the 21st century. The remarkable panel will also discuss how we can best train lawyers, from the beginning of law school through retirement, to achieve these characteristics as early as possible in each lawyer’s career. Jon Delano, a Pittsburgh lawyer, television legal/business reporter and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Public Policy and Management, moderates this look into the future. Celebrating its 50th year as a leader of the CLE community in Pennsylvania and nationally, PBI is dedicated to making learning dynamic. Each panelist brings exceptional knowledge and experience in training lawyers to this fascinating discussion.

Live Webcast Information
Start Time: March 31, 2015 12:00 PM Eastern
Estimated Length: 2 hours
Registration Fee: $50.00
Enter coupon code "townhall_nocredit" to take this course for free without CLE credit.
Registration link: http://catalog.pbi.org/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=38472

PA criminal case data now interactive and available online

Data dashboards identify court trends and serve as valuable resource for court management

HARRISBURG—Pennsylvania’s judiciary today unveiled criminal caseload “dashboards,” the latest in a series of interactive, web-based data visuals that allow the public, court staff and researchers to quickly analyze and interpret data related to criminal cases.

The new dashboards provide a detailed look at statewide criminal caseloads, and an overview of each county’s criminal case activity over the course of a calendar year.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

NOTICE: President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, April 10, 2015. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

NOTICE: President Judge McCormick, Jr. and Judge Regoli will not be hearing civil and orphans’ court motions on Friday, February 27, 2015.

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

AOPC Seeks Input on Public Access Policy for Appellate and Trial Court Case Records

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG — The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) is seeking comment on a proposed public access policy concerning case records of the appellate and trial courts.

Supreme Court enhances protection of client funds invested by attorneys

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG — Attorneys investing funds for clients will be subject to stricter standards of accountability under new rules adopted today by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The changes, which enhance accountability when attorneys invest client funds, take effect in 60 days.

“The integrity of our legal system depends a great deal on the professionalism and accountability of attorneys,” said Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille. “These new rules serve as a reminder that attorneys are obligated to live up to the trust people put in them by working diligently and honestly or face serious consequences.”

New REV-1500 form

From Sherry Magretti Hamilton, Esq/MBA, Chief Deputy Register of Wills

As some of you may know, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has updated the “REV-1500” form. The revisions are expected to increase the department’s efficiency in processing the inheritance tax returns. Click here for the outline of changes provided by the state. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

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