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PBA ListservDid you know the Pennsylvania Bar Association maintains a number of listservs for its committee and section members?

What is a listserv, you ask?

It is an Internet-based discussion group of individual subscribers who communicate via e-mail. When you e-mail a question or comment to the listserv, you end up reaching the inbox of everyone who subscribes to the listserv without having to know or use each individual's e-mail address. It's an efficient, convenient way of reaching out to colleagues across the state to stay on top of hot topics in the areas of law that concern you.

For a complete list of what listservs are maintained by the PBA, click here. Not all PBA committees and sections have listservs; you must be a member of the PBA committee or section to join that committee or section listserv.

2014 Civil Court Calendars available

2014 Civil Court Calendars available

The 2014 Civil Court Calendars are available in the Court Administrator’s Office, Civil Division Room M7.

Casey and Toomey Invite Applicants for Federal District Court Appointment

Casey and Toomey Invite Applicants for Federal District Court Appointment

The deadline to apply for the WDPA District Court Judge has been extended to 5pm Friday, August 23.

Washington, DC—U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today announced the process to be followed by persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  There is currently one judicial vacancy in the Western District.

Western
U.S. Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Patrick J. Toomey invite all persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of Federal District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania to obtain and submit an application that can be found on Senator Casey’s website (http://casey.senate.gov/) or Senator Toomey’s website (http://www.toomey.senate.gov/).  This questionnaire must be completed and returned to both Senators in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to judicial@casey.senate.gov and judgeappWDPA@toomey.senate.gov no later than 5pm, Friday, August 23, 2013.  Applicants should expect that the panel interview process will commence shortly thereafter.  Senators Casey and Toomey will be advised and assisted in this process by judicial selection panels consisting of leading members of the bar and other respected Pennsylvania citizens.

Notice from the Court Administrator

Attention Criminal Defense Attorneys

Effective with the revised Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 600, all continuance orders that are granted by the Court must indicate whether the time will be included in or excluded from the computation of the time within which trial must commence. Please include in all of your Motions for Continuance and attached Orders of Court for signature that the time is to be excluded from the computation of time for Rule 600 purposes. Thank you.

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Marsili will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, July 26, 2013.

Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Fridays: July 26, 2013, August 9, 2013, August 16, 2013, September 20, 2013, and September 27, 2013.

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

Notice on Civil/Orphans' Court Motions

Judge Marsili will not hear civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, April 26, 2013.

President Judge Caruso will hear civil and orphans’ court motions for Judge McCormick, Jr., on Friday, April 26, 2013; and Judge Marsili will hear civil and orphans’ court motions for Judge McCormick, Jr., on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Judge McCormick, Jr., will
not hear civil or orphans’ court motions on Friday, May 3, 2013.

Notice from the Court Administrator

Attention Attorneys

If you are NOT a member of the Westmoreland Bar Association and would like to receive announcements from the Court, please provide your email address to Tami Silvis, Deputy Court Administrator at tsilvis@co.westmoreland.pa.us. We have the email addresses for all attorneys who currently are members of the Westmoreland Bar Association.

Court Expands Internet Access to Case Records

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG—The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today expanded its online case database to include information regarding landlord-tenant cases and civil cases of less than $12,000 that are filed in the state’s magisterial district courts.

Electronic docket sheets for more than 4.1 million of these cases will be available on the Unified Judicial System’s website at www.pacourts.us by clicking on the “Docket Sheets” button at the bottom of the page.

The online database also contains records for nearly 27 million traffic, non-traffic and criminal cases that have been filed in Pennsylvania’s appellate, Common Pleas (criminal) and magisterial district courts. The records can be searched by court, case category and status, docket number and type, county and participant name, date of birth (if available) and date filed. In 2012 the public accessed these case records more than 53 million times via the Internet, free of charge.

The decision to expand online access to magisterial district civil and landlord-tenant cases is consistent with the Supreme Court’s commitment to provide easy access to court records.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court piloting diversion program for veterans

From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

HARRISBURG — Military veterans facing incarceration for minor criminal charges would have the option of supervised treatment under a pilot program of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The Magisterial District Judge Diversion program, aimed at veteran offenders, was initiated in Centre County in November and will be piloted in Monroe and Westmoreland counties starting Jan. 1.

Believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, the diversionary program is being tested in the three diverse counties with the goal of developing blueprints for possible expansion statewide. Guidelines were developed by a committee established by the AOPC.

“This program has been under development for over three years and is another step in the work we have been doing here in the courts of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Veterans Administration, to assist returning veterans with their struggles to readjust,” said Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery. “What we hope to do here is divert these veterans into treatment before their problems escalate to behaviors that would result in a case getting to the Court of Common Pleas.

“The earlier we intervene, the better for the veteran, the better for their family, the better for their community, and the better for the system.”

The move follows implementation of a similar statewide Veterans Court program in the Common Pleas Courts that also offers supervised treatment as an alternative to incarceration. By introducing earlier intervention at the magisterial district judge level, program planners hope to curb behavior from worsening among veterans with drug and alcohol abuse, anger management and post-traumatic stress disorder issues. In a collaborative arrangement with the state court system, the Veterans Administration provides treatment services.

A veteran charged with summary offenses — such as disorderly conduct, public drunkenness or harassment — could opt for supervised treatment, with the county district attorney’s office approval. The charges would be dismissed at the end of a successful six-month treatment period. If a defendant doesn’t comply with the terms of the program, the charges would be restored.

Pennsylvania has more than one million veterans statewide — including Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille and Justice McCaffery. Justice McCaffery is the Supreme Court’s liaison to the state’s problem-solving courts program, and has been a leading force in establishing Veterans Courts throughout the Commonwealth.

Notice from the Butler County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court

From Judith Moser, MS, Butler County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court

December 12, 2012: Due to an increase in the instances of returned personal and non-attorney checks, the Butler County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court, finds it necessary to establish the following policy for payment of all fees and monies due the Register.

Beginning March 1, 2013 and thereafter, the only acceptable form of payment will be a certified check, attorney check, attorney trust fund check or U.S. money order.

Attorneys should notify their clients of this pending policy revision. 

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