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 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 orphans' court rules and experienced in orphans' court practice in Pennsylvania. The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee has one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.
Kenneth G. Potter, Esq., Chair
Honorable Emil A. Giordano, Vice Chair
Thomas J. Dempsey, Jr., Esq.
Julian E. Gray, Esq.
Dianne C. Magee, Esq.
Kendra D. McGuire, Esq.
Hon. Lawrence J. O’Toole, Jr.
Shabrei M. Parker, Esq.
Christy Donofrio, Esq., ex officio
Latisha Bernard Schuenemann, Esq.
Pamela Walker, Counsel
Tricia D. Carbaugh, Assistant
Proposed Rules for Public Comment
Proposed Amendment of Rules 1.3, 2.11, 9.1, 9.2, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7 and 9.8
||September 24, 2021|
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|
|Amendment of Rule 1.5; Rescission of Rules 15.1 – 15.9, Forms 15.6, 15.8, and 15.9, and Paragraph (F) of the Appendix of Forms; Adoption of new Rules 15.1– 15.22, Forms A-05 through A-09, and Paragraph (F) of the Appendix of Forms||July 01, 2022|
|Rule 1.1 is amended||October 01, 2021|
|Note to Rule 2.4 is amended and Rule 5.50 is adopted||October 01, 2020|