Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee reviews current rules governing statewide practice and procedure in the Orphans’ Court and recommends new rules as necessary.

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 orphans' court rules and experienced in orphans' court practice in Pennsylvania. The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee has nine voting members and one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.

Committee Members

John F. Meck, Esq., Chair
Wayne M. Pecht, Esq., Vice Chair
Charles J. Avalli, Esq.
Lori J. Cerato, Esq.
Honorable Kathleen A. Durkin
Honorable Emil A. Giordano
Rhona G. Nagelberg, Esq., ex officio
Rise´ P. Newman, Esq.
Honorable Stanley R. Ott
Kenneth G. Potter, Esq.

Staff Members

Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel
James F. Mannion, Deputy Counsel
Elizabeth J. Knott, Assistant

Proposed Rules for Public Comment

Approved Rules

Description Effective Date
Rules 1.1 through 13.3 and Rule 17 are rescinded and replaced; and Rules 14.1 through 16.12 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules areamended September 01, 2016
The Index to the Appendix of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules is amended; and forms OC-01 through OC-06 and RW-06 through RW-10 in the Appendix to the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules are rescinded and replaced September 01, 2016
Order rescinding and replacing rule 1.5 August 01, 2016

Prior Proposed Rules

Proposal Deadline
Proposed Amendment of Rule 1.5, Proposed Rescission of Rules 14.1-14.5 and Orphans’ Court Forms G-01 through G-04, Proposed Adoption of New Rules 14.1-14.12 and Orphans’ Court Forms G-01 through G-07, and Proposed Amendment of the Appendix of Forms February 27, 2017
Proposed Adoption of New Pa.O.C. Rule 14.6 and Form G-05 June 20, 2016
Proposed Rescission of Rules 15.1 through Rule 15.9 and replacement with the new rules of Chapter XV March 16, 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
Publication Notice and Explanatory Report regarding Guardianship Forms April 10, 2015
proposing new rules 15.2, 15.7, 15.9, 15.10, 15.14, 15.15, 15.16, 15.17, 15.18, 15.19, and 15.21, and amending and renumbering current Rules 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4, 15.5, 15.6, 15.7, 15.8, and 15.9 December 27, 2013
Proposed New Pa.O.C. Rules 1.1 – 11.6 June 13, 2013
Amendment to Rule 15.6 October 08, 2012