Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee is responsible for making formal recommendations to the court for refining and updating the rules of appellate procedure.

The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee was created by order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on October 4, 1973. The committee’s name was changed by order of the Supreme Court on March 31, 1994.

Committee appointments are for three years with possible reappointment for a second three-year term. In special circumstances the Supreme Court may extend or reduce the term of an appointment. This committee is appointed by the Supreme Court and its members are knowledgeable about the Rules of Appellate Procedure and experienced in state appellate practice in Pennsylvania. The Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee has 12 voting members. In addition, the chief clerk/prothonotary from each appellate court serves as an ex-officio member.

Committee Members

Honorable Patricia A. McCullough, Chair
Robert M. Palumbos, Esq., Vice Chair
Carrie L. Allman, Esq.
Irene Bizzoso, Esq., ex officio
Joshua M. Bloom, Esq.
Honorable Mary Jane Bowes
Kristen W. Brown, Esq., ex officio
Scott B. Cooper, Esq.
J. Andrew Crompton, Esq.
Honorable Dale M. Fouse
Ruxandra M. Laidacker, Esq.
Honorable Anne E. Lazarus
James L. McMonagle, Jr., Esq.
Neil T. O'Donnell, Esq.
Joseph D. Seletyn, Esq., ex officio

Staff Members

D. Alicia Hickok, Counsel
Scot R. Withers, Counsel
Elizabeth J. Knott, Assistant

Proposed Rules for Public Comment


Approved Rules

Description Effective Date
Rule 1941 is amended October 19, 2017
Rule 2572 is amended April 01, 2017
Rules 906 and 1911 are amended January 01, 2017

Prior Proposed Rules

Proposal Deadline
Publication Report - Competency to be Executed October 12, 2017
Publication of proposed Recommendation 137 - Cross-Appeals September 29, 2017
Publication of proposed Recommendation 139 - Captioning September 29, 2017
Publication of proposed Recommendation 112 - Public Access September 12, 2017
Publication of proposed Recommendation 136, amending Appellate Rule 126 February 09, 2017
Second publication of proposed Recommendation 138, amending Appellate Rules 905, 1922 and 1025 January 20, 2017
Proposed Recommendation 138, amending Appellate Rules 905, 1922 and 1925 October 21, 2016
Proposed Amendments to Chapters 13 and 15 and Adoption of New Chapter 16 June 20, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 1737 December 01, 2015
Proposed Reorganization of Chapter 15 and Adoption of New Chapter 16 October 30, 2015
Proposed Adoption of new Pa.R.A.P. 126 and Amendment of Pa.R.A.P. 2119 May 30, 2015
Recommended amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 531 September 22, 2014
Recommendation 125(b) June 23, 2014
Recommendation 101(a) May 16, 2014
Recommendation 117 amending Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 120, 121, 907, 1112, 1311, and 3304 February 24, 2014
Proposed Recommendation No. 115/120, amending Appellate Rules 311, 341 and 904 February 14, 2014
Proposed Amendment to Note to Pa.R.A.P. 1972 and Proposed Amendment to Pa.R.A.P. 2542 and Note October 16, 2013
Proposed Recommendation No. 114, amending Appellate Rules 341, 902, 1112, 1115, 2116 and 2119 July 22, 2013
Proposed Recommendation No. 116, amending Appellate Rule 1941 July 22, 2013
Proposed Recommendation No. 111, amending Appellate Rule 1925 and adopting Rules 4001-4007 May 15, 2013
Amendment to Rule 587 and revision of the Comments to Rules of Criminal Procedure 580 and 605 January 14, 2013
Pa.R.A.P. 2112 January 14, 2013
Pa.R.A.P. 2140 January 14, 2013
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 1921, 1931 and 1952 May 31, 2012
Amendment to Pa.Rs.A.P. 124, 2116, 2118, 2135, and 2140 May 07, 2012
Adoption of new Pennsylvania Rule of Apellate Procedure 125 December 05, 2011
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 341, 903, 904, 1701 and 1931 October 04, 2011
Amendment to rules 901, 1501, 1512, 1516, 1517, 1541 and 1561, and add new rule, Pa.R.A.P. 1770 September 09, 2011
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 120, 907, 1925 and 2744 June 03, 2011
Amendment to the Official Note to Pa.R.A.P. 121 and Pa.R.A.P.s 903, 1113 and 1512 February 11, 2011
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 2113, 2185 and 531 January 21, 2011
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 102 and 311 December 31, 2010
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 311 and 342 August 02, 2010
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1931 July 13, 2010
New Rule 1572 be enacted; Rules of Appellate Procedure 1512 and 1516 be amended June 23, 2010
Amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 120 February 10, 2010
Recommendation No. 86 July 03, 2009
Recommendation No. 87, New Rule 912 July 03, 2009
Rules 102, 903, 904, 905, 1112, 1113, 1116, 1123, 1925, 1931, 1972, 2154, 2172, 2185, 2542 and 2545 September 24, 2008
Recommendation 61 July 01, 2008
Recommendation 80 July 01, 2008