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Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Marsili and Judge Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, June 10, 2016.

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 the following Fridays: May 27, 2016, and June 10, 2016. Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice from the Court Administrator

Effective May 9, 2016, Judge Mears will hear motions at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Notice from the Court Administrator

The Court Administrator's office will publish the final criminal jury trial term on the website the Thursday prior to the first day of each monthly criminal trial term beginning in May, 2016. This will be in addition to publishing the final list on the County's in-house network drive. Website publication will allow private defense attorneys to view the final trial list which indicates the order in which cases will be called in to courtrooms during the one week trial term each month. Any questions regarding the trial list should be directed to the Criminal Court Administrator.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

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

April 8, 2016
May 20, 2016
May 27, 2016

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 the following Fridays:

March 11, 2016

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

National essay contest challenges students to write about Miranda rights

2016 Law DayHARRISBURG — “You have the right to remain silent...”

What are Miranda rights, and why are they important?
 
That question is being posed to students in the from third through 12th grades this year as courts across the country promote the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) 2016 Civics Education Essay Contest.
 
In Pennsylvania the Supreme Court’s Commission on Judicial Independence is supporting activities surrounding the third annual national contest. It is promoting participation in the essay contest and encouraging teachers to educate students about Miranda v. Arizona and incorporate the contest question into lesson plans.  
 

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

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

February 19, 2016
February 26, 2016

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 the following Fridays:

January 29, 2016
February 12, 2016
March 11, 2016

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

Disciplinary Board Proposes Amendment on Sale of Law Practice, Seeks Comments

From the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

The Disciplinary Board is seeking comments on a proposed amendment to the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding the sale of a law practice or area of practice.

By a notice of proposed rulemaking published November 14, 2015 at 45 Pa.B. 6583,  the Disciplinary Board requests comments on a proposal to amend Rule 1.17 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, dealing with sale of a law practice.

The proposed amendment would make several changes to the rule regarding sale of a law practice, including:

  • allowing sale of an area of practice;
  • permitting the seller to assist the buyer in the orderly transition of active client matters without a fee;
  • allowing sale to more than one lawyer or law firm;

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