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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 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.

Notice from the Court Administrator

Conflict Counsel Positions Available

The Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas will be hiring conflict counsel to work under a contract at the rate of $40,000 on the assignment of 75 court cases per year. Conflict Counsel will represent criminal case defendants for whom it is a conflict for the Public Defender’s office to represent. Conflict counsel will not represent defendants who are charged with murder and will not be required to handle appeals under the Post Conviction Relief Act. Interested attorney may apply by sending a letter of interest to the Court Administrator’s office, Attention: Tami Silvis, as soon as possible.

Senior Judge Courtroom now open

From Paul Kuntz, Court Administrator

REMINDER: The Senior Judge Courtroom, located between the Pro Bono Office and the Lawyers Meeting Room on the fourth floor of the Courthouse Annex, is now open. Most senior judge proceedings will be held in this new facility. Please check your Notice and report to the Senior Judge Courtroom if so indicated.

Attention Court-Appointed Counsel

The guidelines for court appointed counsel have been updated effective immediately and are available from the Court Administrator’s office, Room M10. If you do not have a copy of the revised guidelines, please come to the Court Administrator’s to obtain a copy. There are important changes to the billing process. Thank you!

Attention Court-Appointed Attorneys

Pursuant to the court appointed attorney guidelines, court appointed counsel is asked to submit Fee Petitions on a timely basis. For criminal cases, fee petitions should be submitted at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing and quarterly thereafter for each case, excluding capital cases, which shall be submitted monthly.  For family cases, petitions should be submitted after each review hearing and/or case disposition. If you need a copy of the current guidelines, please contact the Court Administrator’s Office, Danielle Frye, at 724.830.3393.

Attention: All Attorneys Practicing Criminal Law

Your entry of appearance for criminal court cases in which you are representing the defendant will only be entered pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Court Rule 120,  in one of two ways:

  1. By filing an Entry of Appearance with the Clerk of Courts, OR
  2. By entry of an Order of Court Appointing an individual counsel.

Please note that Entry of Appearance forms are available in the Court Administrator’s office Room M8 or online at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us. This is an important issue as no notice will be provided unless the attorney of record has entered his or her apperance in one of the above ways.

Attention Court-Appointed Attorneys

Pursuant to the court appointed attorney guidelines, court appointed counsel is asked to review the current guidelines stating, “The Court Administrator will make copies of documents for court appointed counsel without charge. Copying costs will not be reimbursed unless approved by the Court”. Please give advanced notice of at least three days if this service is necessary. If you need a copy of the current guidelines, please contact the Court Administrator’s Office, Danielle Frye, at 724.830.3393.

2012 Civil Court Calendars

The 2012 Civil Court Calendars are available in the Court Administrator's Office, Civil Division, Room M7.

Divorce Case Purge

The Court Administrator's Office will be conducting a review of Divorce cases from 2002-2004 to determine whether there has been any activity in the past two years on the cases. All parties and counsel of record on cases where there have been no activity will receive a notice that the case will be purged unless a statement of intention to proceed is filed with the Prothonotary and Court Administrator.

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