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.
Honorable Jennifer Sletvold, Chair
Honorable R. Stephen Barrett, Vice Chair
Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
Honorable Alice Beck Dubow
Honorable Kim D. Eaton
Scott M. Hollander, Esq.
Renée D. Merion, Esq.
Honorable Joy Reynolds McCoy
Sandra E. Moore, ex officio
Honorable Margaret Theresa Murphy
Honorable Thomas P. Rogers
Tiffany Sizemore, Esq.
Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, Esq.
Rick Steele, ex officio
Cynthia Stoltz, Esq., ex officio
Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel
Tricia D. Carbaugh, Assistant
Proposed Rules for Public Comment
|Rule 415 is adopted and Rule 620 is amended||October 01, 2018|
|Rules 1601 and 1608 are amended||October 01, 2018|
|Rule 1140 is amended||July 01, 2018|
|Rule 191 is amended and the Comment to Rule 140 is revised||July 01, 2018|
|Rule 409 is amended||July 01, 2018|
|Rules 512, 610, and 612 are amended||October 01, 2017|