Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee advises the Supreme Court on matters relating to the procedural rules governing actions for juvenile delinquency and dependency courts. 

The primary goal of the committee is to simplify juvenile delinquency and dependency law practice by recommending new rules or amendments to existing procedural rules. The committee reviews legislation and monitors court decisions to ensure that the rules conform to developments in the law as well as to the realities of juvenile law practice. The committee strives to promote statewide uniformity of practice, to streamline procedures and to encourage the prompt disposition of juvenile matters.

Committee members and staff speak at conferences and seminars to inform judges, attorneys, court administrators and personnel, probation officers, caseworkers and others of recent and proposed changes in the procedural rules related to juvenile matters. The committee strives to maintain open channels of communication with those who work with or are affected by the rules it proposes.

The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Project originated in 1998 as an initiative to analyze national standards, case law and local practices to respond to changes in the purpose of the Juvenile Act. Based on the analysis and reports from the project, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania established the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee on January 22, 2001.

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 Juvenile Court procedure and experienced in juvenile law practice in the Commonwealth, including dependency and delinquency matters. There are also three ex-officio members who are administrators for various juvenile court-related organizations and are identified for membership by those organizations.

Committee Members

Honorable Alice Beck Dubow, Chair
Renée D. Merion, Esq., Vice Chair
Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
Michael Dinges, Esq.
Honorable Kim D. Eaton
Lisa Harvey, Esq.
Scott M. Hollander, Esq.
Sarah Katz, Esq.
Marisa K. McClellan, Esq.
Sandra E. Moore, ex officio
Honorable Margaret Theresa Murphy
Mary Phillips, Esq., ex officio
Rick Steele, ex officio
Honorable Andrea Marceca Strong
Catherine L. Volponi, Esq.

Staff Members

Daniel A. Durst, Chief Counsel
Tricia D. Carbaugh, Assistant

Proposed Rules for Public Comment

Proposed Rules for Public Comment
Proposal Deadline
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

Approved Rules

Approved Rules
Description Effective Date
Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 407 October 01, 2021
Rule 1128 is amended January 01, 2021

Prior Proposed Rules

Prior Proposed Rules
Proposal Deadline
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1120, 1149, 1330, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515 and 1608-1611
July 15, 2021
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 148 and 407 - Act 110 Expulsion Proposal
April 30, 2021
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 515, 610 and 632
September 15, 2020
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 240 and 391
September 15, 2020
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 172 - Expungements
February 03, 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 Adoption of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1612 September 10, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1300 & Rescission and Replacement of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1302 - Intercounty Transfer Publication
September 10, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 515 & 610
August 16, 2019
Custody of Exhibits Workgroup PROPOSAL
June 05, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 191
May 31, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 231
May 31, 2019
Proposed New Pa.R.J.C.P. 205 & 1205, and Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 166, 167, 345, 1166, 1167, and 1345
February 01, 2019
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1510
August 31, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 161
August 31, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1151
May 14, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 409
January 08, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1140 - Absconding Child Proposal
January 02, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 191 - PDR & JCHO Proposal
January 02, 2018
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 407 - Act 21 & SORNA (IR141)
January 02, 2018
Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1205; Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, and 1609 September 07, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1601 and 1608 September 07, 2017
Proposed Adoption of Pa.R.J.C.P. 148, 1146, and 1148 and Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 195, 512, and 1147 August 07, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 160, 1160, 1409, 1515, and 1631 August 07, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1601 and 1609 March 20, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 170 and 172 March 20, 2017
Proposed New Pa.R.J.C.P. 415 And 518; Proposed Amendment of Rule 620 March 20, 2017
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1515 and 1631 November 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 1320 and 1321 September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 240, 242, and 1242 September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 512, 610, and 612 September 01, 2016
Proposed Revision of Comment to Pa.R.J.C.P. 152 September 01, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 407 May 16, 2016
Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.C.P. 100 and 1100, and New Pa.R.J.C.P. 1107 and 1109 March 01, 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
Proposed Modifications to rule 105 October 01, 2015
Proposed Modifications to PA.Rs.J.C.P. 160, 330, 370, 407, 409, 1160, 1330 and Adoption of new PA.Rs.J.C.P. 1711, 1712 and 1715 September 10, 2015
Proposed modification to Rule 1608 September 04, 2015
Proposed Adoption of new Pa.R.J.C.P. 420 May 01, 2015
Modifications to Rules 1302, 1515, 1608, 1610, and 1631 July 25, 2014
Proposed New Rule 405 July 25, 2014
Proposed modifications to Rule 409 February 10, 2014
Proposed modifications to Rule 1187 February 04, 2014
Proposed modifications to Rules 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, and 1609 and adoption of new Rule 1149 December 02, 2013
Proposed modifications to Rules 1151, 1152, 1154, 1340, and 1800 and new Rules 153, 183, 1153, and 1183 November 18, 2013
Proposed new Rules 182 and 1182 June 21, 2013
Rules 1120, 1150, 1151, and 1200 and new proposed Rules 1610, 1611, 1631, 1634, and 1635
February 01, 2013
Rules 161, 195, 302, 407, 409, 512, and 800 and new proposed Rule 614
February 01, 2013
Proposed modifications to Rules 1151, 1152, 1154 and 1800 and new Rules 153, 157, 183, 1153, 1183
September 24, 2012
Proposed modifications to Rules 187 and 1187
September 24, 2012
Renumbering of Rule 520 to 620 and new Rules 622, 625, and 628 be adopted and prescribed
August 12, 2011
Soliciting public comment on proposed changes to Rule 407
June 15, 2011
The Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee is planning to recommend modifications to Rule 152
April 27, 2011
Modification of Rules 120, 800, 1120, 1202 and 1800 and adoption of new Rule 195
February 11, 2011
Modification of Rule 151
February 01, 2011
Modifications of rules 242, 394, 406, 512 and 800
January 25, 2011
Modifications of rules 241, 242, 311, 312, 500, 600, 610 and 632
January 18, 2011
Modification of Rule 139
January 11, 2011
Modification of Rules 120, 160, 242, 345, 394, 406, 512, 610, 1120, 1128, 1140, 1160, 1242, 1345...
November 09, 2010
Modification of Rules 120 and 140
October 29, 2010
Modification of Rules 120, 163, 167, 170, 172, 173, 408, and 800
September 27, 2010
Modification of Rules 120, 160, 161, 166, 340, and 800
September 20, 2010
Modification of Rule 200 and new Rule 337
September 10, 2010
Modication of Rules 1151, 1512, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1613, new Rules 136, 1136, 1603, 1606 be adopted
May 28, 2010
Modification of Rules 167, 170, and 172
January 25, 2010
Modification Rules 242, 512, 513, 515, 610, 1154, 1240, 1242, 1512, 1515, 1609, new Rules 147, 1147
November 09, 2009
Modification of Rule 312
August 17, 2009
Modification of Rule 407
May 08, 2009
Adoption of new Rule 1604
April 27, 2009
Modification of Rule 1607
February 02, 2009
Modification of Rules 120, 160, 166, 220, 232, 330, 362, 408, 409, and 515
January 12, 2009
Modification of Rule 140 and adopted of new Rule 141
December 19, 2008
Modification of Rule 1613
November 06, 2008
Modification of Rules 120, 515 and 520
November 06, 2008
Modifications of Rules 121 and 1121
May 09, 2008
Modification of Rules 1120, 1123, 1124, 1140, 1364, 1800
March 17, 2008
Modification of Rule 510
January 31, 2008
Modification of Rules 1320, 1324, 1330
December 31, 2007
Modification of Rules 613, 614
August 13, 2007
Modification of Rules 120, 123, 124, 140
May 21, 2007
Modification of Rules 160, 330, 515
March 30, 2007
Modification of Rules 512 and 518
November 06, 2006
The passage of The Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, Dependency Matters (all rules)
October 13, 2005
The passage of The Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, Delinquency Matters (all rules)
May 14, 2003