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210 Pa. Code § 63.5. Non-Capital Direct Appeals.

§ 63.5. Non-Capital Direct Appeals.

 A. Assignment. All non-capital direct appeals shall be reviewed by the Court to determine their suitability for oral argument. As soon as all briefs have been received, the non-capital direct appeal will be assigned by the Prothonotary to a Justice on a rotating basis by seniority for preparation of a disposition memorandum, which will contain a short recitation of the facts, a brief discussion of the issues, and a recommendation as to whether the case should be (1) listed for oral argument; (2) submitted on the briefs; (3) resolved by affirmance on the opinion of the court below, including when necessary a brief statement of matters not covered by that opinion; or (4) resolved by per curiam order.

 A per curiam order may be issued

   1. when the Court’s decision:

    a. does not establish a new rule of law;

    b. does not alter, modify, criticize or clarify an existing rule of law;

    c. does not apply an established rule of law to a novel fact situation;

    d. does not constitute the only binding precedent on a particular point of law;

    e. does not involve a legal issue of continuing public interest; or

   2. whenever the Court decides such an order is appropriate.

 A per curiam order reversing an order of the lower court must cite to controlling legal authority or provide a full explanation of the reasons for reversal.

 B. Circulation and Disposition: Each disposition memorandum shall be circulated to the Court within sixty (60) days of assignment. It shall then be placed on a supplemental list for consideration and vote at the same time as opinions. Disposition Memoranda must be circulated to the Court at least ten (10) days prior to circulation of the vote list to be placed on that vote list. A hold for the purpose of preparing a counter-recommendation shall not exceed thirty (30) days; only by vote of the majority may a hold be extended beyond thirty (30) days, but in no event shall a hold exceed ninety (90) days.

 The case shall thereafter be resolved in accordance with the vote of the majority. If no clear majority emerges, the case will be listed for oral argument. A Justice may request that the order record that he or she voted for a different disposition. All orders resolving a non-capital direct appeal shall indicate if a Justice did not participate in the consideration or decision of the matter.

 C. Reconsideration Applications.

   1. Assignment. The Prothonotary shall direct the application for reconsideration to the Justice who prepared and filed the order.

   2. Circulation and Disposition. The assigned Justice shall circulate to all members of the Court a recommended disposition within fourteen (14) days of the assignment. A Justice who disagrees with the recommended disposition shall circulate a counter-recommendation within fourteen (14) days of the original recommendation. A vote of the majority is required to grant reconsideration. In any case in which reconsideration has been denied, a Justice may request that the order record that he or she voted to grant reconsideration. All orders shall indicate if a Justice did not participate in the consideration or decision of the matter.


   The provisions of this §  63.5 adopted January 9, 2013, effective in 30 days, 43 Pa.B. 514.

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