Minor Court Rules Committee
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 typically for six-year terms. 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 one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.
Honorable David M. Howells Jr., Chair
Margaret Murphy, Vice Chair
Honorable Daniel Butler
Honorable James R. Edgcomb
Honorable Sue. E. Haggerty
Honorable Charles Hayden
Honorable Margaret A. Hunsicker
Honorable Beth Scagline Mills
Honorable Bradley K. Moss
Angharad Stock, Esq., ex officio
Daniel G. Vitek, Esq.
Pamela Walker, Counsel
Tricia D. Carbaugh, Assistant
Proposed Rules for Public Comment
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 1208, 1209, 1210, and 1211||May 28, 2019|
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 209, 304, 403, 410, 503, 515, and 516 - SMCRA Affidavits||May 28, 2019|
|Adopting new rule 217 and amending rule 803 and the official notes to rules 304, 503 1205, and 1206 of the Pennsylvania rules of civil procedure before magisterial district judges||July 01, 2018|
|Rule 314 is amended||July 01, 2018|
|Rules 2.3 and 3.6 and the Comment to Rule 3.1 are amended||July 01, 2018|