Rule 512. Procedure in Court Cases Following Issuance of Summons.
The defendant shall appear before the issuing authority for a preliminary hearing on the date, and at the time and place specified in the summons. If the defendant fails to appear, the issuing authority shall proceed as provided in Rule 543(D).
For the proper time for the preliminary hearing, see Rule 510.
When a case proceeds by summons, the issuing authority must require that the defendant submit to the administrative processing and identification procedures as authorized by law (such as fingerprinting) that ordinarily occur following an arrest. See, e.g., Criminal History Record Information Act, 18 Pa.C.S. § 9112. If these processing procedures ar not completed by the time of the preliminary hearing, they must be made a condition of bail or release. Concerning fingerprinting, see Rule 510(C)(2) that requires the issuing authority to send the fingerprint order with the summons.
For the procedures in non-summary cases in the Municipal Court, see Chapter 10.
Rule 113 adopted September 18, 1973, effective January 1, 1974; amended August 9, 1994, effective January 1, 1995; renumbered Rule 512 and Comment revised March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended August 24, 2004, effective August 1, 2005; amended May 1, 2007, effective September 4, 2007, and May 1, 2007 Order amended May 15, 2007; Comment revised July 10, 2008, effective February 1, 2009.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Report explaining the August 9, 1994 amendments published at 22 Pa.B. 6 (January 4, 1992); Final Report published with the Courts Order at 24 Pa.B. 4342 (August 27, 1994).
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 August 24, 2004 amendments cross-referencing Rule 543(D) published with the Courts Order at 34 Pa.B. 5025 (September 11, 2004).
Final Report explaining the May 1, 2007 amendments deleting the warrant language published with the Courts Order at 37 Pa.B. 2503 (June 2, 2007).
Final Report explaining the July 10, 2008 Comment revisions concerning administrative processing and identification procedures published with the Courts Order at 38 Pa.B. 3975 (July 26, 2008).
The provisions of this Rule 512 amended August 24, 2004, effective August 1, 2005, 34 Pa.B. 5016; amended May 1, 2007, effective September 4, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 2496; amended July 10, 2008, effective February 1, 2009, 38 Pa.B. 3971. Immediately preceeding text appears at serial pages (328363) to (328364).
PART B(3). Arrest Procedures in Court Cases
(a) Arrest Warrants
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