Rule 406. Procedure Following Issuance of Citation.
Within 5 days after a citation is issued to the defendant, the citation shall be filed with the proper issuing authority.
To satisfy the requirements of this rule, the law enforcement officer may prepare, verify, and transmit the citation information electronically.
These rules are not intended to require the law enforcement officer who issued the citation to personally file the citation.
It is intended that the citation be filed as soon as is practical so the issuing authority may process the case. However, failure to comply with the 5-day limit is not intended to be grounds for dismissal, unless the defendant is prejudiced by the delay. See Rule 109.
With regard to the proper issuing authority as used in these rules, see Rule 130.
Previous rule, originally numbered Rule 137, adopted January 31, 1970, effective May 1, 1970; renumbered Rule 56 and paragraph (d) amended September 18, 1973, effective January 1, 1974; rescinded July 12, 1985, effective January 1, 1986; and replaced by present Rule 59. Present Rule 56 adopted July 12, 1985, effective January 1, 1986. The January 1, 1986 effective dates all are extended to July 1, 1986; renumbered Rule 406 and amended March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended February 6, 2003, effective July 1, 2003.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the March 1, 2000 reorganization and renumbering of the rules published with the Courts Order at 30 Pa.B. 1477 (March 18, 2000).
Final Report explaining the February 6, 2003 changes concerning the electronic preparation, verification, and transmission of citations published with the Courts Order at 33 Pa.B. 973 (February 22, 2003).
The provisions of this Rule 406 amended February 6, 2003, effective July 1, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 969. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (264184).
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