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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1161



Duties and Powers of the Pretrial Services Unit of the Adult Probation and Parole Department

[26 Pa.B. 3434]

Order of Court

   And Now, to wit, this 1st day of July, 1996, It Is Hereby Ordered, Adjudged, and Decreed that Rule WC4010 is adopted. The effective date of this Order is 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

WC 4010. Duties and Powers of the Pretrial Services Unit of the Westmoreland County Adult Probation and Parole Department.

   (a)  The Pretrial Services Unit of the Westmoreland County Adult Probation and Parole Department shall monitor and assist defendants released on bail. The duties and powers of the Unit shall include the following:

   (1)  gathering information about defendants relevant to bail decisions;

   (2)  making recommendations to the bail authorities concerning the types of release and the conditions of release on bail for individual defendants;

   (3)  supervising defendants when so designated by the bail authority;

   (4)  making reasonable rules and regulations to implement the bail agency's functions.

   (b)  The representative of the Unit who obtains information from the defendant shall, both orally and in writing, advise the defendant that anything said to the Unit representative may be used against the defendant.

   (c)  The Pretrial Services Unit shall disclose information obtained from or concerning the defendant only to the defendant, counsel for the defendant, the issuing authority or judge setting bail, the attorney for the Commonwealth, and the Westmoreland County Department of Adult Probation and Parole. This information may be used in preparing an intermediate punishment screening, in a presentence report, in a prosecution based on the falsity of the information, or for impeachment purposes to the extent permitted by law.

   (d)  The Unit is authorized to assess reasonable fees for the use of any electronic monitoring equipment utilized in the course of supervision. The fee shall be assessed based upon the financial ability to pay.

   (e)  The Unit is authorized to initiate bond revocation proceedings when warranted.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1161. Filed for public inspection July 19, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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