Civil Procedural Rules Committee

The Civil Procedural Rules Committee was established by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1937. It is the oldest of the Supreme Court’s rules committees.

The committee assists the Supreme Court in the preparation, revision, publication and administration of the rules of civil procedure. This work includes the entire spectrum of civil matters in the Courts of Common Pleas except matters relating to Orphans' Court and family court divisions of those courts.

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. Members of this committee are appointed by the Supreme Court and are knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and are experienced in state civil practice in Pennsylvania. The Civil Procedural Rules Committee has 13 voting members. There is also one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.

Committee Members

David L. Kwass, Esq., Chair
Johanna L. Gelb, Esq., Vice Chair
Honorable Daniel J. Anders
Kathleen D. Bruder, Esq.
Francis P. Burns, III, Esq.
David J. Caputo, Esq.
Kristen M. Del Sole, Esq.
Patrick J. Doyle, Jr., Esq.
John J. Hare, Esq.
Joseph R. Podraza, Jr., Esq.
Dominic J. Rossi, Esq., ex officio
David S. Senoff, Esq.
Stanley M. Stein, Esq.
Honorable Christine A. Ward
Honorable R. Stanton Wettick, Jr., member emeritus

Staff Members

Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Elizabeth J. Knott, Assistant

Proposed Rules for Public Comment

Proposal Deadline
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1018 and 1033, and Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 2005 August 04, 2017

Approved Rules

Description Effective Date
Rules 1063 and 1093 are amended October 01, 2017
Rules 1653 and 1656 are amended October 01, 2017
Rule 1033 is amended April 01, 2017
Rule 227.3 is amended January 01, 2017
Rule 237.3 is amended January 01, 2017
Rules 410, 430, 1064, and 1065 are amended January 01, 2017
Rules 410, 430, and 1065 are amended, and that Rule 1064 is adopted January 01, 2017
Rule 230.2 is reinstated and amended December 31, 2016
Rules 205.2, 205.5, 206.1, 206.4, 208.2, 208.3, 210, 239, 239.8, 239.9, 1028, 1034 and 1035.2 are amended August 01, 2016

Prior Proposed Rules

Proposal Deadline
Proposal – Recommendation No 267 – Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1653 and 1656 September 02, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 237.3 April 22, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 105, Pa.Rs.J.C.P. 121 & 1121, and Pa.R.C.P. No. 239 with Rescission of Pa.R.C.P. No. 239.8 October 01, 2015
Recommendation No. 264 — Proposed Reinstatement and Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 230.2 May 29, 2015
Recommendation No. 263 – Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 410, 430, 1064, and 1065 May 22, 2015
Proposed Amendment of Rule 227.1 Governing Post-Trial Relief October 24, 2014
Proposed Amendment of Rule 1026 Governing Time for Filing and Notice to Plead October 03, 2014
Proposed Amendment of Rule 3136 Governing Distribution of Proceeds of Sheriff’s Sales September 26, 2014
Proposed Recommendation No. 257 February 28, 2014
Proposed Recommendation No. 258 February 28, 2014
Proposed Recommendation No. 259 February 28, 2014
Rules of Civil Procedure 1033 governing amendments and 2232 governing defective joinder be amended November 06, 2012
Amendent to Rules 3111, 3129.2 and 3135 governing sheriff's sales November 02, 2012
New Rules 220.1 and 220.2, Admendment to Rules 220.1 and 223.1 March 02, 2012
Recommendation 247 December 31, 2011
Recommendation 253 November 04, 2011
Recommendation 250 June 07, 2011
Recommendation 251 June 07, 2011
Recommendation 252 June 07, 2011
Recommendation 248 February 18, 2011
Recommendation 249 February 18, 2011
Recommendation 246 June 09, 2010
Recommendation 245 May 28, 2010
Recommendation 244 February 26, 2010
Recommendation 243 February 19, 2010
Recommendation 242 October 30, 2009
Recommendation 239 October 02, 2009
Recommendation 240 October 02, 2009
Recommendation 241 October 02, 2009
Amedment to Rules of Civil Procedure 3111, 3137, 3145, and 3253 May 22, 2009
Recommendation 234 November 26, 2008
Recommendation 235 November 26, 2008
Recommendation 236 November 26, 2008
Recommendation 237 November 26, 2008
Recommendation 233 August 22, 2008
Recommendation 232 August 15, 2008
Recommendation 231 May 23, 2008