Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee advises the Supreme Court on matters relating to the procedural rules governing actions for juvenile delinquency and dependency courts. 

The primary goal of the committee is to simplify juvenile delinquency and dependency law practice by recommending new rules or amendments to existing procedural rules. The committee reviews legislation and monitors court decisions to ensure that the rules conform to developments in the law as well as to the realities of juvenile law practice. The committee strives to promote statewide uniformity of practice, to streamline procedures and to encourage the prompt disposition of juvenile matters.

Committee members and staff speak at conferences and seminars to inform judges, attorneys, court administrators and personnel, probation officers, caseworkers and others of recent and proposed changes in the procedural rules related to juvenile matters. The committee strives to maintain open channels of communication with those who work with or are affected by the rules it proposes.

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Project originated in 1998 as an initiative to analyze national standards, case law and local practices to respond to changes in the purpose of the Juvenile Act. Based on the analysis and reports from the project, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania established the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee on January 22, 2001.

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. Committee members are appointed by the Supreme Court and are knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court procedure and experienced in juvenile law practice in the Commonwealth, including dependency and delinquency matters. The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee has 11 voting members. There are also three ex-officio members who are administrators for various juvenile court-related organizations and are identified for membership by those organizations.

Committee Members

Kelly McNaney, Esq., Chair
Honorable Jonathan R. Birbeck, Vice Chair
Honorable R. Stephen Barrett
Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
Honorable Alice Beck Dubow
Honorable Joy Reynolds McCoy
Sandra E. Moore, ex officio
Honorable Margaret Theresa Murphy
Honorable Thomas P. Rogers
Tiffany Sizemore, Esq.
Honorable Jennifer Sletvold
Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, Esq.
Rick Steele, ex officio
Cynthia Stoltz, Esq., ex officio

 

Staff Members

Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel
Tricia D. Carbaugh, Assistant

Proposed Rules for Public Comment


Approved Rules

Description Effective Date
Rules 512, 610, and 612 are amended October 01, 2017
Rules 120, 127, 140, 160, 166, 182, 185, 187, 190, 191, 192, 243, 512, 800, 1120, 1127, 1154, 1166, 1182, 1185, 1187, 1190, 1191, 1243, 1342, 1512, 1608, 1610, 1635, and 1800 are amended September 01, 2017
Amendment of Rules 182 And 1182 August 01, 2017
Rules 1320 and 1321 are amended July 01, 2017
Rules 240, 242, and 1242 are amended July 01, 2017
Rule 407 is amended April 01, 2017
Rules 152 and 242 are amended April 01, 2017
Rule 380 and 1380 are amended January 01, 2017

Prior Proposed Rules

Proposal Deadline
Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1205; Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, and 1609 September 07, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1601 and 1608 September 07, 2017
Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.J.C.P. 148, 1146, and 1148 and Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 195, 512, and 1147 August 07, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 160, 1160, 1409, 1515, and 1631 August 07, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1601 and 1609 March 20, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 170 and 172 March 20, 2017
Proposed New Pa.R.J.C.P. 415 And 518; Proposed Amendment of Rule 620 March 20, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1515 and 1631 November 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1320 and 1321 September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 240, 242, and 1242 September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 512, 610, and 612 September 01, 2016
Proposed Revision of Comment to Pa.R.J.C.P. 152 September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 407 May 16, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 100 and 1100, and New Pa.R.J.C.P. 1107 and 1109 March 01, 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
Proposed Modifications to rule 105 October 01, 2015
Proposed Modifications to PA.Rs.J.C.P. 160, 330, 370, 407, 409, 1160, 1330 and Adoption of new PA.Rs.J.C.P. 1711, 1712 and 1715 September 10, 2015
Proposed modification to Rule 1608 September 04, 2015
Proposed Adoption of new Pa.R.J.C.P. 420 May 01, 2015
Modifications to Rules 1302, 1515, 1608, 1610, and 1631 July 25, 2014
Proposed New Rule 405 July 25, 2014
Proposed modifications to Rule 409 February 10, 2014
Proposed modifications to Rule 1187 February 04, 2014
Proposed modifications to Rules 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, and 1609 and adoption of new Rule 1149 December 02, 2013
Proposed modifications to Rules 1151, 1152, 1154, 1340, and 1800 and new Rules 153, 183, 1153, and 1183 November 18, 2013
Proposed new Rules 182 and 1182 June 21, 2013
Rules 1120, 1150, 1151, and 1200 and new proposed Rules 1610, 1611, 1631, 1634, and 1635 February 01, 2013
Rules 161, 195, 302, 407, 409, 512, and 800 and new proposed Rule 614 February 01, 2013
Proposed modifications to Rules 1151, 1152, 1154 and 1800 and new Rules 153, 157, 183, 1153, 1183 September 24, 2012
Proposed modifications to Rules 187 and 1187 September 24, 2012
Renumbering of Rule 520 to 620 and new Rules 622, 625, and 628 be adopted and prescribed August 12, 2011
Soliciting public comment on proposed changes to Rule 407 June 15, 2011
The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to recommend modifications to Rule 152 April 27, 2011
Modification of Rules 120, 800, 1120, 1202 and 1800 and adoption of new Rule 195 February 11, 2011
Modification of Rule 151 February 01, 2011
Modifications of rules 242, 394, 406, 512 and 800 January 25, 2011
Modifications of rules 241, 242, 311, 312, 500, 600, 610 and 632 January 18, 2011
Modification of Rule 139 January 11, 2011
Modification of Rules 120, 160, 242, 345, 394, 406, 512, 610, 1120, 1128, 1140, 1160, 1242, 1345... November 09, 2010
Modification of Rules 120 and 140 October 29, 2010
Modification of Rules 120, 163, 167, 170, 172, 173, 408, and 800 September 27, 2010
Modification of Rules 120, 160, 161, 166, 340, and 800 September 20, 2010
Modification of Rule 200 and new Rule 337 September 10, 2010
Modication of Rules 1151, 1512, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1613, new Rules 136, 1136, 1603, 1606 be adopted May 28, 2010
Modification of Rules 167, 170, and 172 January 25, 2010
Modification Rules 242, 512, 513, 515, 610, 1154, 1240, 1242, 1512, 1515, 1609, new Rules 147, 1147 November 09, 2009
Modification of Rule 312 August 17, 2009
Modification of Rule 407 May 08, 2009
Adoption of new Rule 1604 April 27, 2009
Modification of Rule 1607 February 02, 2009
Modification of Rules 120, 160, 166, 220, 232, 330, 362, 408, 409, and 515 January 12, 2009
Modification of Rule 140 and adopted of new Rule 141 December 19, 2008
Modification of Rule 1613 November 06, 2008
Modification of Rules 120, 515 and 520 November 06, 2008
Modifications of Rules 121 and 1121 May 09, 2008
Modification of Rules 1120, 1123, 1124, 1140, 1364, 1800 March 17, 2008
Modification of Rule 510 January 31, 2008
Modification of Rules 1320, 1324, 1330 December 31, 2007
Modification of Rules 613, 614 August 13, 2007
Modification of Rules 120, 123, 124, 140 May 21, 2007
Modification of Rules 160, 330, 515 March 30, 2007
Modification of Rules 512 and 518 November 06, 2006
The passage of The Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, Dependency Matters (all rules) October 13, 2005
The passage of The Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, Delinquency Matters (all rules) May 14, 2003