The Minor Court Rules Committee is charged by the Supreme Court with examining and evaluating the rules and standards regarding magisterial district judges' conduct, offices of magisterial district judges and civil matters in the magisterial district courts.
The committee reviews Pennsylvania court cases and legislation to identity decisional or statutory changes that affect magisterial district court procedure and necessitate amendments to the rules or other action by the court. Committee members and staff also speak at conferences and seminars to inform lawyers and court personnel of recent and proposed changes in the procedural rules related to rules of conduct as well as civil matters in the magisterial district courts.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania established the Minor Court Rules Committee in 1990. It replaced a previous committee that was called the Minor Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee.
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 Conduct, Office Standards and civil procedure for magisterial district judges and courts, and experienced in magisterial district court practice. The Minor Court Rules Committee has seven voting members and one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.
Honorable Anthony W. Saveikis, Chair
Honorable Jerry G. Cartwright Jr.
Honorable Charles Hayden
Honorable David M. Howells Jr.
Honorable Margaret A. Hunsicker
Honorable Bradley K. Moss
Denise S. Vicario, Esq., ex officio
Honorable Larry G. Pentz
Daniel G. Vitek, Esq.
Pamela Walker, Counsel
Tricia D. Carbaugh, Assistant
|Rule 3.9 is rescinded and Rules 3.10-3.11 and the Comment to Rule 3.12 and Rule 323 are amended||April 01, 2017|
|Rules 1201, 1205, 1206, 1208 and the Official Note to Rule 206 are amended||December 31, 2016|
|Proposed amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 206, governing the petition to proceed in forma pauperis||September 12, 2017|
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 314||September 11, 2017|
|Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 514.1 and Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 501, 514-515, 1001-1002 and 1005||June 06, 2017|
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 515-516||April 27, 2016|
|Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 302.1 and 302.2, and Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 314 and 1001||May 05, 2015|
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 207||April 29, 2015|
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 402||April 29, 2015|
|Proposed Amendment of the Official Notes to Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 316, 322, 324, 509 and 514||April 29, 2015|
|Proposed Amendment of the Official Notes to Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 515-516 and 1007||April 29, 2015|
|Proposed Rescission of Certiorari Rules||April 15, 2015|
|Automated red light enforcement appeals (new) rules 601-606||January 30, 2015|
|Proposed amendments to Rules 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1206, 1207 and 1208, and the Official Notes to Rules 1209, 1210 and 1211||January 30, 2015|
|Amendments to Rule 1002||September 12, 2014|
|Proposed amendments to Rules 801-803, 805, 807-816, 818 and 820, proposed amendments to the Official Notes of Rules 804 and 806, and proposed rescinding of Rule 817||September 12, 2014|
|New Rules 302.1 and 302.2||March 28, 2014|
|Recommendation to amend rules 307, 308, 309, 310, 312, 313, and 314||March 07, 2014|
|Proposed new rule 320||December 02, 2013|
|Amendments to Rules 506 and 507 and Official Note to Rule 313||August 30, 2013|
|Amendments to Rules 506, 1016, 1018, the official note to Rule 1019, and adopt a new rule 519.1||August 09, 2013|
|Proposed Rescission of Rule 13 and Amendment of Rule 14 of the Rules of Conduct for MDJ||June 28, 2013|
|Amendment to Rule 207 of the Minor Court Civil Rules, Representation in Magisterial District Court||June 20, 2013|
|Amendments to Rule 209, 403 and 410 of the Minor Court Civil Rules||February 22, 2013|
|Amendments to Rule 1002 of the Minor Court Civil Rules.||February 13, 2013|
|Revisions to the Official Note to Rule 341, and Rule 402 of the Minor Court Civil Rules||January 18, 2013|
|Adopt revisions to Rules 209, 305, 307, 314-315 and 318-319||May 04, 2012|
|Adopt an entirely new Rule 326 as well as revisions to Rules 324 and 514||November 12, 2010|
|Revise Rule 15 of the Pennsylvania Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for MDJs||November 05, 2010|
|Adopt an entirely new Rule 23 of the Rules of Conduct for Magisterial District Judges||May 29, 2009|
|Amendment to Rule 202 and promulgate an entirely new Rule 215 of the Rules of Conduct||May 31, 2008|
|Amendment to Rule 209 of the Rules of Conduct, Office Standards and Civil Procedure for MDJs||May 31, 2008|
|Amendment to Rule 214 of the Rules of Conduct, Office Standards and Civil Procedure for MDJs||May 31, 2008|
Minor Court Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave.
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106