Adaptation to Rules of Professional Conduct

PA Supreme Court clarifies rule that pertains to the issue of lawyers advising clients engaged in the medical marijuana industry
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a change to its Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys to address questions of whether it is ethically permissible to provide legal advice and assistance to clients engaged in the medical marijuana industry.

New hours for the Register of Wills office

In accordance with the courthouse security/park police policy, the Register of Wills office will be opening at 8:30am each day.

Pennsylvania cybercrime by the numbers

HARRISBURG — Cybercrime is crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network. The top convictions in Pennsylvania for cybercrime offenses are computer theft and online pornography. Between 2012 and 2015, there were 1,461 convictions for cybercrime committed by 250 people. The infographic below provides an overview of cybercrime in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania cybercrime by the numbers

PA Courts InfoShare is a bi-weekly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant County Solicitor – Children’s Bureau

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant County Solicitor – Children’s Bureau (60% Full Time Equivalency). Job duties include the following:

  • Represent the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau at Termination of Parental Rights Hearings and Adoption Hearings
  • Prepare petitions and motions associated with those hearings
  • Attend and conduct meetings with Children’s Bureau staff in preparation of cases and hearings
  • Provide advice to caseworkers and Children’s Bureau staff
  • Work with and offer guidance to paralegal staff
  • conduct Shelter Care, Dependency and Permanency Hearings, as needed
  • Perform such additional duties as may be assigned by the Children’s Bureau Chief Solicitor.

Supreme Court Amends Rule 1.17 to Broaden Sale of Law Practice Requirements

On September 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopted amendments to Rule 1.17 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, which governs sale of a law practice.  The changes were published at 46 Pa.B. 6291 (October 8, 2016), and take effect October 23, 2016.

The amendments make the following changes:

Westmoreland County Court Cancelled on Monday, October 17

Judge Debra A. PezzeCourt events scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2016, before the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas are cancelled to accommodate attendance at the funeral of the Honorable Debra A. Pezze, who passed away on Wednesday, October 12.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm Sunday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 17, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Irwin Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601, or to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, P.O. Box 1552, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Friday:

Friday, October 28, 2016
Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Supreme Court encourages applications for vacancies on two panels

HARRISBURG — Today, the first two vacancies became available under an initiative announced by the Supreme Court last month to encourage wider public participation in the judicial system through service on advisory panels, commissions and independent judicial agencies.
The vacancies include one on the Continuing Legal Education Board and one on the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee.
With the introduction of an updated webpage on the Unified Judicial System (UJS) website, it will be easier to find out when vacancies occur and to apply for them.
The webpage also includes a short video of Justice David N. Wecht talking about the initiative.

New Orphans' Court Form

The Westmoreland County Estates–Decree of Distribution has been revised. The new Decree can be found on the Register of Wills' Website.

Protect yourself against juror scams

Protect yourself against juror scamsHARRISBURG — Although juror scams are not new, Pennsylvania courts remind people to be alert and to never give out sensitive information over the phone, even if they are being threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service, which is a typical ploy in such scams.

A juror scam may go something like this: you get a call from someone claiming to be from the courts or a law enforcement organization and their records show you didn’t show up for jury duty. You can either pay the fine, or get arrested. The caller says payment is accepted over the phone or by wire service.

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