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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-1359




New Rule of Judicial Administration 1950; Administrative Order Number 13 of 2019

[49 Pa.B. 5210]
[Saturday, September 7, 2019]

Order of Court

And Now, this 21st day of August, 2019, the Court hereby creates Rule 1950 of the Adams County Rules of Judicial Administration as follows:

Rule 1950. Sound System in Courtroom.

 Unless directed otherwise by the presiding judge or presiding magisterial district judge during a proceeding, the management of a sound system in a courtroom, including the ability to control power to microphones, shall only be performed by the presiding judge or magisterial district judge, a tipstaff, personal staff of the presiding judge or magisterial district judge, or authorized court administration staff. Under no circumstances shall attorneys, agencies representatives, parties to a proceeding, or any other person touch the sound system, turn off or otherwise adjust a live microphone on the bench, an attorney table, a podium used to address the Court or a witness box. The only exception to this Rule shall be when an attorney, agency representative or party to a proceeding needs to temporarily mute a microphone to speak off the record, which said microphone shall be immediately unmuted once back on the record.

 This rule shall become effective after all the provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration 103 are met, to include the following:

 a. Two (2) certified copies of this Order together with a computer diskette that complies with the requirement of 1 Pa. Code § 13.11(b), or other compliant format, containing the text of the local rule(s) adopted hereby shall be distributed to the Legislative Reference Bureau for

 b. publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;

 c. One copy of this Order shall be forwarded to the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts via e-mail to;

 d. A copy of the proposed local rule(s) shall be published on the 51st Judicial District website;

 e. This Order shall be filed in the Office of the Prothonotary of Adams County and a copy thereof shall be filed with the Adams County Clerk of Courts and the Adams County Law Library for inspection and copying;

 f. The effective date of the local rule(s) shall be 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1359. Filed for public inspection September 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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