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New Public Access Policy for Appellate and Trial Courts

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of Appellate and Trial Courts, which will impact how attorneys file legal documents in the trial and appellate courts, beginning January 6, 2018.  

The new Policy:

  • Specifies the types of information to be safeguarded from public view.
  • Requires lawyers to safeguard certain confidential and sensitive information in court filings.
  • Creates uniform standards specifying how trial and appellate courts respond to requests from the public for case records.

At the WBA Fall Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, David Price, Senior Legal Counsel with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), and Amy DeMatt, Court Administrator for Westmoreland County, provided an overview of the new policy and practical tips to prepare for its implementation.

Links to the new public access policy and draft forms referred to in the presentation are below for your reference. If you have any questions about the policy, the forms, or the changes, contact Court Administrator Amy DeMatt at 724-830-3828.

Underage Drinking Citations in Pennsylvania Declining

Underage Drinking Declining infographic

Underage drinking citations statewide have decreased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2016. In Pennsylvania an underage drinking citation is issued to anyone under the age of 21 who is caught consuming, transporting, purchasing or attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage. These numbers do not include driving under the influence offenses.

In Westmoreland County, the number of offenses of Title 18 Section 6308 A (Purch Etc Alcoh Bev By A Minor) ranged from a high of 355 in 2012 and 2014 to a low of 238 in 2015.

Source: PA Courts InfoShare

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on October 13, 2017.

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

New Local Civil Rule W205.4 - Electronic Filing

Westmoreland County Local Civil Rule of Procedure W205.4 Electronic Filing of Legal Papers in Westmoreland County is adopted effective August 21, 2017.

An updated version of the Westmoreland County local civil rules of procedure and the complete set of Westmoreland county local rules are available to be printed from the County website under Local Court Rules.

Local Rules

Local Rules Change

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS of WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
CIVIL DIVISION
Number 3 of 2017
 
IN RE: WESTMORELAND COUNTY RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 
WJ507 - RAW NOTES. TRANSCRIPTS.
 
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF COURT
AND NOW, this 31 day of July, 2017, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Westmoreland County Rule of Judicial Administration WJ507 is hereby repealed. This change is effective 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

BY THE COURT:
/s/ Richard E. McCormick, Jr., President Judge

 

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Marsili will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, September 15, or Friday, September 22, 2017. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Fridays:

  • August 11, 2017;
  • August 18, 2017;
  • September 15, 2017;
  • September 22, 2017.

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

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr., Judge Marsili, and Judge Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, July 28, 2017.

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

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, June 16, 2017.

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

 

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on June 16, 2017.

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

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