§ 15.71. Involuntary intervention by emergency court order.
(a) General. When there is clear and convincing evidence that, if protective services are not provided, the older adult to be protected is at imminent risk of death or serious physical harm, the agency may petition the court for an emergency order to provide the necessary services. The person to be protected shall be an older adult in need of protective services as defined in this chapter. The courts of common pleas of each judicial district shall ensure that a judge or district magistrate is available on a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year basis to accept and decide on petitions for an emergency court order under this section whenever the agency determines that delay until normal court hours would significantly increase the danger the older adult faces. Only the agency, through its official representative, may bring a petition for involuntary intervention by emergency court order.
(b) Legal representation. When the agency petitions the court for emergency involuntary intervention, the agency shall make sure the older adult has the opportunity to be represented by counsel at all stages of the proceedings. If the older adult has an attorney known to the agency, the agency shall attempt to notify that attorney before it files a petition for emergency involuntary intervention. If the agency has no knowledge of an attorney who represents the older adult, the agency shall attempt to notify the legal services provider identified by the area agency on aging in its protective services plan to provide legal assistance under this chapter. The notification shall contain enough information about the risk to the older adult and the proposed remedy to enable counsel to determine if representation is necessary at the emergency hearing. Notification to counsel shall include a copy of the petition with the affidavits attached as well as the time, date and place of presentation of the petition except when § 15.72(b) (relating to petition) applies.
The provisions of this § 15.71 amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (228911) to (228912).
This section cited in 6 Pa. Code § 15.12 (relating to administrative functions and responsibilities of area agencies on aging); 6 Pa. Code § 15.42 (relating to standards for initiating and conducting investigations); 6 Pa. Code § 15.63 (relating to access by consent); 6 Pa. Code § 15.73 (relating to court appointed counsel); 6 Pa. Code § 15.81 (relating to rights of protective services clients); 6 Pa. Code § 15.91 (relating to general); 6 Pa. Code § 15.92 (relating to assessment); 6 Pa. Code § 15.93 (relating to service plan); 6 Pa. Code § 15.94 (relating to service delivery); and 6 Pa. Code § 15.112 (relating to uses of funding authorized by the act).
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