Criminal Procedural Rules Committee

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is an advisory arm to the Supreme Court.

It assists the court in achieving its constitutional mandate to prescribe general rules governing criminal practice and procedure throughout Pennsylvania. The committee also monitors all local criminal rules as required by Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 105 and periodically publishes reports explaining the committee's proposals for new rules and rule amendments.

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 Criminal Procedure and are experienced in state criminal practice in Pennsylvania. There is also one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.

Committee Members

Aaron J. Marcus, Esq., Chair
Stefanie J. Salavantis, Esq., Vice Chair
Julia E. Bagnoni, Esq., ex officio
Paul D. Boas, Esq.
Brian D. Catanzarite, Esq.
David R. Crowley, Esq.
T. Matthew Dugan, III, Esq.
Heather F. Gallagher, Esq.
Kristin M. Gibbons Feden, Esq.
Jarad W. Handelman, Esq.
Michelle A. Henry, Esq.
Randall H. McKinney, Esq.
Hon. Garrett D. Page
Philip D. Press, Esq.
Riley H. Ross, III, Esq.
Hon. Michele K. Santicola
Hon. Michael H. Sholley 
Hon. Frederick J. Stollsteimer
Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin

Staff Members

Joshua M. Yohe, Counsel
Suzanne M. Creavey, Assistant

Proposed Rules for Public Comment

Proposed Rules for Public Comment
Proposal Deadline
Proposal regarding In Forma Pauperis
June 30, 2022
Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 523.1
July 05, 2022

Approved Rules

Approved Rules
Description Effective Date
Rules 529, 543, 575, 576, 576.1, 587, and 1011 and the Comments to Rules 113, 567, 568, 573, 580, and 605 are amended July 01, 2022
Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 644 April 01, 2022
Amendment of the Comments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 113.1, 420, 513, and 578 January 01, 2022

Prior Proposed Rules

Prior Proposed Rules
Proposal Deadline
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 550 (Pleas of Guilty Before Magisterial District Judge in Court Cases) and 590 (Pleas and Plea Agreements)
June 07, 2022
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 122 and 1003; Rescission of Pa.R.Crim.P. 520-529 and Replacement with Pa.R.Crim.P. 520.1-.19; Adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708.1, and Renumbering and Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 708
March 08, 2022
Proposed New Pa.R.J.A. 104-115; Rescission of Pa.R.Civ.P. 101-104, 106-108, & 127-153; Amendment of Pa.R.Civ.P. 126, Pa.R.O.C.P. 1.2, Pa.R.Crim.P. 101, Pa.R.J.C.P. 101 & 1101, Pa.R.A.P. 107 & 903, Pa.R.Civ.P.M.D.J. 204, Pa.R.E. 101
November 01, 2021
Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 490.2 and 790.2 Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 490, 790, and 791
October 04, 2021
Proposed Amendment of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 135, 460, and 547 - Electronic Transfer from MDJ to CP
October 30, 2020
Publication Report - Rule 644 - Juror Note taking
September 04, 2020
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 431 - Bench Warrants for Execution of Sentence in Summaries
February 14, 2020
Publication Report Rule 573 Mandatory Disclosure In Discovery
February 14, 2020
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.A. Nos. 101 and 103, Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 51 and 129, Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 201, and Pa.O.C. Rule 1.1
November 15, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 117 and 456
August 30, 2019
Custody of Exhibits Workgroup PROPOSAL
June 05, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 231 - Counsel Secrecy Obligation in Inv GJ
May 10, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 403, 407, 408, 409, 411, 412, 413, 414, 422, 423, 424, 454, 456, and 470 - Indigent Incarceration in Summaries
May 03, 2019
Publication Report - Searches Pursuant to Arrest Warrant
May 03, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 542, 543, and 1003 - Hearsay
May 01, 2019
Proposed Revisions of the Comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 458, 460, 462, and 546
April 26, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 720
December 28, 2018
Publication Report - Rule 587 Motions for Dismissal
August 31, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 490
May 18, 2018
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Post-Indictment Arrest Warrant Procedures
February 23, 2018
Publication Report - Indigent incarceration for failure to pay in summaries
February 23, 2018
Publication Report - Competency to be Executed
October 12, 2017
Publication Report Rule 602 in Absentia Relief
September 15, 2017
Rule 462 Summary Appeal Remand
September 14, 2017
Rules 229 and 230 Disclosure of Investigating Grand Jury Testimony
September 14, 2017
Publication Report - Public Access Policy
September 12, 2017
Proposed Amendments of Pa.R.Crim.P. 522 and Proposed Revision to the Comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 150 and 151
May 05, 2017
Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 490.1 - Truancy Expungement
May 05, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 203 and 513
February 24, 2017
Proposed Amendment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 1006
February 24, 2017
Proposed Rescission of Rule 107 and Adoption of New Rule 107 - Subpoena Procedures
February 24, 2017
Proposed Revision of the Comment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 578
February 24, 2017
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - June 23, 2016
September 16, 2016
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - June 27, 2016
September 16, 2016
Proposed Amendments of Pa.R.Crim.P. 205
September 16, 2016
Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 531 and 536
September 16, 2016
Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 576.1 and Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 113, 114, and 576
May 06, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 544
January 29, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 564
January 29, 2016
Proposed Revision of the Comment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 523
January 29, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 540
November 13, 2015
Proposed Amendments of Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 490 and 790
November 13, 2015
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 105, Pa.Rs.J.C.P. 121 & 1121, andPa.R.C.P. No. 239 with Rescission of Pa.R.C.P. No. 239.8
October 01, 2015
Proposed Revision of Pa. Rs. Crim.P. 490 and 790
September 04, 2015
Proposed Revision of the Comment to Rule 500
September 04, 2015
Proposed Rescission of Rule 107 and Adoption of New Rule 107
June 05, 2015
Proposed Amendments of Rule 452, Collateral for Restitution in MDJ Cases
May 29, 2015
Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 701
March 06, 2015
Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 801, Qualifications for Defense Counsel in Capital Cases
February 27, 2015
Proposed Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 905, 906, 907, and 909
September 12, 2014
Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 705.1, Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 454, and Proposed Revisions to the Comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 455 and 704
May 30, 2014
Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 431, 452, 456, and 461
March 07, 2014
Proposed Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 528 and 535
March 07, 2014
Proposed New Pa.R.Crim.P. 1036, Proposed Amendment to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 105, 1000, 1031-1035, and 1037, and Proposed Revision of the Comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 103, 140, 141, 431, 441, 462 1001, 1002, and 1030
March 07, 2014
Proposed new rule 771 and comment revision to rule 471
March 07, 2014
Proposed Amendment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 648
December 06, 2013
Proposed Amendment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 550 and Proposed Revision to the Comment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 591
September 20, 2013
Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 645
June 07, 2013
Proposed Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 802
March 15, 2013
Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.Crim.P. 574 and Proposed Amendment of Comment to Pa.R.E. 802
February 18, 2013
Amendments to Pa.R.Crim.P. 535
November 23, 2012
Revision to the comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 409, 414, 424, 454, and 455
November 23, 2012
Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 571 and 602
October 08, 2012
Revisions to the comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 590, 602, and 803
September 07, 2012
New Rules 151, revisions of comment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 150
August 31, 2012
Amendments to 587, revisions to comments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 580 and 605
May 01, 2012
New Rules 626, 627; amendment to Rules 631, 647, 112; renumber Rules 630
April 06, 2012
Rules 556, 556.12; change to Rules 103, 540, 542, 544, 547, 560, 573, 578, 582, 646, 648, 1003, 1101
November 10, 2011
Amendment to Rules 403, 407, 408, 412, 413, 422, 423, 430, 454, 455, and 456
September 02, 2011
Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 119 and 500
September 02, 2011
Amendment to Rule 631
June 03, 2011
Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 120, 122, and 904
June 03, 2011
Amendment to Rule 113
May 01, 2011
Amendment to Rule 708; approval of Rule 701; revision of Rules 701 and 708
April 01, 2011
New Rules 870-875; amendments to Rules 568, 807, 809; revisions of comment to Rule 808
November 23, 2010
Proposed amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 541 (Waiver of Preliminary Hearing)
November 12, 2010
Amendment to Rule 1010
September 17, 2010
Amendment to Rules 140, 141, 142, 1101; Suspend 42 Pa.C.S. 4127 (c)
September 17, 2010
Amendment to Rules 907, 908, 909; revision to Rule 910
September 17, 2010
New Rules 595, 596; amendment to Rules 113, 119, 504, 510, 540, 571, 578; revision to Rule 570
September 10, 2010
New Rules 850, 851, 852, 853, 854, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859, 860, 861, 862, Amend Rules 113, 119, 800
June 23, 2010
Proposed Amendments to Pa.RulesCrim.Proc. 135, 403, 407, 408, 412, 413, 422, 423, 430, 454, 455, 456
June 23, 2010
Amendment to Rule 114
June 22, 2010
Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 209 and 212
June 22, 2010
Amendments to Pa.Rs.Crim.P. 550 and 590
January 22, 2010
Adoption of Rules of Criminal Procedure 490 and 790 and rescind Rule 722
September 04, 2009
Adoption of new Rule of Criminal Procedure 911
July 03, 2009
Adopt new Rule 1037 regarding appeals for trial de novo from the Philadelphia Traffic Court
June 19, 2009
Approve the revisions of the comments to Rules of Criminal Procedure 430, 455, and 456
June 19, 2009
Reconsider the current Rule 646 and amendment to Rules 646 and 647
June 19, 2009
Amendment to Rule 590
May 10, 2009
Amendment to Rules of Criminal Procedure 409, 414, 424, 454, 456, and 706
January 23, 2009
Amendments to Rules 409, 414, 424, 460, 462, and 550
January 23, 2009
Amendment to Rule 513, Adoption of new Rule 513.1, approval changes to Rules 504, 540, 547
November 14, 2008
Amendment to Rule 644 to make permanent procedures permitting jurors to take notes in criminal cases
May 30, 2008