§ 63.8. Certification of Questions of Law.
A. Court Limitation. This Court will accept Certification Petitions from the United States Supreme Court or any United States Court of Appeals.
B. Assignment, Circulation and Disposition. The Prothonotary shall refer Certification Petitions to the Chief Justice, who will prepare a memorandum setting forth the positions of the parties and a recommended disposition. Acceptance of certification is a matter of judicial discretion. The Court shall decide whether to accept or decline certification without hearing oral argument. The recommendation should be circulated within thirty (30) days from the date of assignment, and should contain a proposed disposition date no greater than thirty (30) days from the date of circulation. Every Certification Petition should be decided within sixty (60) days. A vote of the majority is required to implement the proposed disposition. A Justice may request that the order record that he or she voted for a different disposition. Orders disposing of Certification Petitions shall indicate if a Justice did not participate in the consideration or decision of the matter.
Upon acceptance of certification by the Court, the Prothonotary shall (1) issue an order accepting certification, which shall specify the questions of law for which certification was accepted, and whether the case is to be submitted on the briefs or heard at an argument session; (2) establish a briefing schedule; (3) list the matter for oral argument if oral argument has been granted; and (4) take such further action as the Court directs.
C. Amicus curiae briefs. After the Court accepts certification, amicus curiae briefs may be submitted without prior leave of Court. Such briefs shall be filed and served in the manner and within the time directed by the Prothonotary.
D. Reconsideration Applications.
1. Assignment. Upon receipt of an application for reconsideration following an order resolving a Certification Petition, the Prothonotary shall direct the reconsideration application to the Chief Justice for assignment.
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. 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 § 63.10 adopted January 12, 2000, effective January 12, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 519; amended October 25, 2010, effective October 25, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 6387; renumbered as § 63.8 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 (365793) and (365795).
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