§ 63.6. Allowance of Appeal.
A. Assignment. The Prothonotary shall initially screen petitions for allowance of appeal for compliance with the applicable appellate rules. Untimely petitions may be refused for filing by the Prothonotary without further action of the Court.
Petitions for allowance of appeal shall be assigned to individual Justices by the Prothonotary on a rotating basis by seniority for preparation of an allowance of appeal report. Petitions from the same district presenting the same question shall be consolidated; petitions from different districts that present the same question may be consolidated at the discretion of the Court.
B. Circulation and Disposition. Allowance of appeal reports shall be circulated within ninety (90) days of the receipt of such an assignment. The proposed disposition date shall not be greater than sixty (60) days from the date of circulation. Holds may be placed on petitions for allowance of appeal only upon written notice to the members of the Court as to the reasons for the hold, e.g., the existence of another petition from another district presenting the same question. No hold may be placed on a petition without the existence of a terminus, e.g., the issuance of an opinion on a petition presenting the same question. Where a hold results from the existence of another petition presenting the same issue, the parties shall be notified of the hold and the case that will determine the issue. A hold for the purpose of preparing a counter-report 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 for such purpose exceed ninety (90) days.
Notwithstanding any contrary procedures set forth above, allowance of appeal reports in Childrens Fast Track appeals are to be circulated within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the assignment, and the proposed disposition date shall not be greater than thirty (30) days from the date of circulation. A hold for purposes of preparing a counter-report in a Childrens Fast Track appeal shall not exceed fifteen (15) days; only by vote of the majority may a hold be extended beyond fifteen (15) days, but in no event shall a hold exceed forty-five (45) days.
Upon the affirmative vote of three or more Justices, allowance of appeal will be granted and the case will be listed for oral argument, unless the order indicates that the matter will be submitted on the briefs. An order granting a petition for allowance of appeal shall specify the issues upon which allowance of appeal was granted.
A per curiam order granting allowance of appeal and reversing an order of the lower court must cite to controlling legal authority or provide a full explanation of the reasons for reversal.
A Justice may request that the order resolving the petition for allowance of appeal record that he or she voted for a different disposition. All orders 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 applications for reconsideration to the Justice who authored the allowance of appeal report.
2. Circulation and Disposition. The assigned Justice shall circulate to the Court a recommended disposition within fourteen (14) days of the date of the assignment, or within seven (7) days of the date of assignment in Childrens Fast Track appeals. A Justice who disagrees with the recommended disposition shall circulate a counter-recommendation within fourteen (14) days of the original recommendation, or within seven (7) days of the date of the original recommendation in Childrens Fast Track appeals. 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 amended February 4, 2011, effective in 30 days, and shall be applicable to petitions filed thereafter, 41 Pa.B. 923; amended May 18, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 2837; renumbered as § 63.6 and amended January 9, 2013, effective in 30 days, 43 Pa.B. 514; amended May 31, 2013, effective immediately, 43 Pa.B. 3227. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (365789) to (365791).
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