The Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure govern practice and procedure in the Supreme Court, the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court.   The Supreme Court’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee periodically publishes proposed rules and proposed amendments to existing rules for public comment.  The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania periodically issues orders promulgating, rescinding or amending rules, which are then published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and appear in official codifications of the rules in on-line and hard copy versions of the Pennsylvania Code.

Pennsylvania Appellate Advocate will provide timely notice of proposed amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure and associated comment deadlines.  We also will provide timely notice of amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure as they are adopted and promulgated by the Supreme Court, along with associated effective dates.

Comments Due September 2017

Public Access Policy Compliance Certificates (Proposed amendments to Pa. R.A.P 127 and related amendments to all rules that authorize a filing)

Effective January 1, 2018, the new Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts will go into effect affecting information contained in court filings.

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Guidance on Cross-Appeals and Cross-Petitions (Proposed amendments to Pa. R.A.P. 511)

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is proposing to amend the Note to Pa. R.A.P. 511 to provide formal guidance concerning when to file a cross-appeal and when to file a cross-petition for allowance of appeal.

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Juvenile Case Captions – Proposed Amendments (Proposed amendments to Pa. R.A.P. 904 & 907)

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is proposing to amend Pa. R.A.P. 904 and 907 to specify a new format for case captions in appeals involving the Juvenile Act and the Adoption Act.

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For more information, contact Kevin McKeon or Dennis Whitaker.