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Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge David Regoli will not be hearing civil nor orphans’ court motions on Friday, August 21, 2015

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

Becoming aware of mental illness: Pa. law requires training for police, judges

On July 10, 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law, requiring that district judges and police receive training in mental health, autism and intellectual disabilities, all of which can affect a person's behavior and interactions with law enforcement.

Read the entire article online at http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2015/07/21/Becoming-aware-of-men...

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Marsili will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, July 24, 2015.  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 nor orphans’ court motions on Friday, August 7, 2015

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

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Regoli will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, June 5, 2015. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Supreme Court increases loan assistance to expand number of attorneys who serve the poor

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG — In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has increased support for a student debt loan program for attorneys who work for legal aid organizations.

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program is not funded by tax dollars, but instead by pro hac vice admission fees which are paid by out-of-state attorneys who are not licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, but appear in Pennsylvania’s courts for a particular legal proceeding. Pro hac vice fee revenue has been on a steady decline, jeopardizing the sustainability of the loan program.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. and Judges Marsili and Regoli will not be hearing civil nor orphans’ court motions on Friday, June 12, 2015, as they will be attending the Bench/Bar Conference. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Medical malpractice case filings reach 14-year low

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG
— The number of medical malpractice case filings dipped last year to the lowest point since statewide tracking began in 2000.

The latest available figures compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts show there were 1,463 new cases filed in Pennsylvania’s civil courts in 2014, marking the fewest ever recorded.

The latest filings represent a 46.5 percent decline from the number posted in the “base years” of 2000-2002. In Philadelphia, the state’s judicial district with the largest caseload, the decline has been 68.3 percent during the same period.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge David Regoli will not be hearing civil nor orphans’ court motions on Friday, May 15, 2015.

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil nor orphans’ court motions on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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

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

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