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

Wayne M. Pecht, Esq., Chair
Charles J. Avalli, Esq., Vice Chair
Lori J. Cerato, Esq.
Thomas J. Dempsey, Jr., Esq.
Honorable Kathleen A. Durkin
Honorable Emil A. Giordano
Julian E. Gray, Esq.
Rhona G. Nagelberg, Esq., ex officio
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

Proposed Rules for Public Comment
Proposal Deadline
Publication Notice - Proposed Amendment to the Index to Appendix to remove Form RW-01, Estate Information Sheet March 23, 2018
Publication Notice - Proposed Amendment of Pa. O.C. Rule 1.8 & Pa. O.C. Rule 10.1 April 06, 2018
Publication Notice - Proposed Amendment to Pa. O.C. Rules 2.1, 4.6 and 7.1 April 06, 2018

Approved Rules

Approved Rules
Description Effective Date
Rule 1.99 is adopted in the attached form, and the Notes to Rules 2.1, 2.4, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, 3.3-3.6, 3.9-3.11, 3.14, 7.2-7.4, and 8.2 are amended January 06, 2018

Prior Proposed Rules

Prior Proposed Rules
Proposal Deadline
Republication Notice, Report, Rule, Appendix and Form regarding Guardianship Expert Report October 23, 2017
Publication Notice, Report, Rules and Forms regarding Guardianship September 21, 2017
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
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