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.
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.
Lisa M. Rhode, Counsel
James F. Mannion, Deputy Counsel
Elizabeth J. Knott, Assistant
|Publication Notice - Report and Rules regarding Public Access Proposed new Rule 1.99, Proposed amendments to Rules 2.1, 2.4, 2.7-2.8, 2.10, 3.3-3.6, 3.9-3.11 and 3.14||September 12, 2017|
|Publication Notice, Report, Rules and Forms regarding Guardianship||September 21, 2017|
|Rules 1.1 through 13.3 and Rule 17 are rescinded and replaced; and Rules 14.1 through 16.12 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules areamended||September 01, 2016|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and forms OC-01 through OC-06 and RW-06 through RW-10 in the Appendix to the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules are rescinded and replaced||September 01, 2016|
|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|
Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave.
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106