Rule 411. Procedures Following Filing of CitationIssuance of Summons.
(A) Upon the filing of the citation, including receipt of electronically transmitted citation or parking violation information, the issuing authority shall issue a summons commanding the defendant to respond within 10 days of receipt of the summons, unless the issuing authority has reasonable grounds to believe that the defendant will not obey a summons in which case an arrest warrant shall be issued. The summons shall be served as provided in these rules.
(B) A copy of the citation shall be served with the summons, except in cases charging parking violations when the parking violation information is electronically filed.
(C) In cases charging parking violations in which the parking violation information is electronically filed, the summons also shall include:
(1) the date, time, and location of the parking violation;
(2) a description of the vehicle and the license number; and
(3) a description of the parking violation.
No fine or costs should be specified in the summons in cases in which the issuing authority determines that there is a likelihood of imprisonment.
This rule facilitates the electronic transmission of parking violation information by (1) eliminating the requirement that a copy of the citation be served with the summons in cases in which the parking violation information is electronically filed pursuant to Rule 401(A), and (2) requiring additional information be added to the summons. See Rule 401 (Proceedings in Summary Cases Charging Parking Violations). However, nothing in this rule or Rule 401 is intended to preclude a municipality from continuing to have its officers prepare a citation in addition to electronically transmitting the parking violation information.
Previous Rule 117, adopted June 30, 1964, effective January 1, 1965; suspended effective May 1, 1970; revised January 31, 1970, effective May 1, 1970; renumbered and amended to apply only to summary cases September 18, 1973, effective January 1, 1974;amended April 26, 1979, effective July 1, 1979; amended January 28, 1983, effective July 1, 1983; rescinded July 12, 1985, effective January 1, 1986, and replaced by present Rule 76. Present Rule 61 adopted July 12, 1985, effective January 1, 1986. The January 1, 1986 effective dates all are extended to July 1, 1986; amended July 17, 1996, effective January 1, 1997; renumbered Rule 411 and Comment revised March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended February 6, 2003, effective July 1, 2003.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the July 17, 1996 amendments published with the Courts Order at 26 Pa.B. 3629 (August 3, 1996).
Final Report explaining the March 1, 2000 reorganization and renumbering of the rules published with the Courts Order at 30 Pa.B. 1478 (March 18, 2000).
Final Report explaining the February 6, 2003 amendments concerning electronic transmission of citation and parking violation information published with the Courts Order at 33 Pa.B. 973 (February 22, 2003).
The provisions of this Rule 411 amended February 6, 2003, effective July 1, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 969. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (264188) to (264189).
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