Committee on Rules of Evidence

The Committee on Rules of Evidence was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to advise and assist the court in prescribing general rules governing all court proceedings in Pennsylvania.

The committee studies and makes recommendations to the court about matters relating to evidence law in the Commonwealth. The committee monitors the practical application of the rules, as well as developments in evidence law in Pennsylvania and in other jurisdictions, reflected in case law and statutory changes that have occurred since the rules' adoption. It also identifies areas in which the rules of evidence should be amended or clarified and continues to review and respond to the questions raised by judges, lawyers and court personnel. 

Established on September 8, 1998, the committee is successor to the Ad Hoc Committee on Evidence, which was appointed by the Supreme Court in 1994 to develop a comprehensive code of evidence for the court's consideration. After an extensive public comment period and subsequent revisions, the Ad Hoc Committee's final proposal was adopted by the Supreme Court on May 8, 1998 as the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, effective October 1, 1998.

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 Evidence and possess trial court experience. The Committee on Rules of Evidence has nine voting members.

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Proposed Rules for Public Comment

Proposal Deadline
Proposed Amendment of Comment to Pa.R.E. 901 and 902 September 18, 2017

Approved Rules

Description Effective Date
Rule of Evidence 902 is revised November 01, 2017
Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence 803.1 and 804 are amended and the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 613 is revised April 01, 2017
Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence 803(6), 803(8), and 803(10) are amended; the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence 802, 803(7), and 803(9) are revised; and Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 902(13) is adopted January 01, 2017

Prior Proposed Rules

Proposal Deadline
Proposed Amendment of Comment to Pa.R.E. 902 September 01, 2016
Rule 901. Authenticating or Identifying Evidence September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.E. 803(6), (8), (10) with Revision of the Comment to Pa.R.E. 803(7) and New-Pa.R.E. 902(13) January 08, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.E. 803.1 and Pa.R.E. 804 January 08, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.E. 501 and Proposed New Pa.R.E. 502 February 13, 2015
Proposed adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 574 and proposed amendment of comment to Pa.R.E. 802 February 18, 2013
Committee on Rules of Evidence is publishing for comment a proposal to amend Rule of Evidence 803.1 January 02, 2013
Rec. 102 as Published August 01, 2011
Rec. 102 Side by Side Comparison August 01, 2011
Recommendation that Pa.R.E. be rescinded and replaced with restyle Rules of Evidence and Comments August 01, 2011
Approve the Amendment of Pa.R.E. 104 and Revision of Comment July 30, 2010
Amendments to Rules 135, 403, 407, 408, 412, 413, 422, 423, 430, 454, 455, and 456 June 23, 2010
Proposed Deletion of Pa.R.E. 604 November 03, 2009
Approve amendment of Pa.R.E. 803. Change is being proposed to add subsection (18) August 15, 2008