Rule 556.13. Procedures Following Execution of Warrant of Arrest Issued Following Indictment.
(A) When a defendant has been arrested within the judicial district where the warrant of arrest has been issued by the supervising judge of an indicting grand jury following the receipt of the indictment as provided in Rule 556.11(E), the defendant shall be afforded a preliminary arraignment by the supervising judge or another judge designated by the president judge without unnecessary delay.
(B) When a defendant has been arrested outside of the judicial district where the warrant of arrest has been issued by the supervising judge of an indicting grand jury following the receipt of the indictment as provided in Rule 556.11(E), the case shall proceed as provided in Rules 517 and 518 and this rule.
(C) Following the preliminary arraignment provided pursuant to paragraph (A) and (B), the case shall proceed in the court of common pleas pursuant to Rules 560 and 571.
This rule provides the procedures following the arrest of a defendant pursuant to a warrant issued by the supervising judge of an indicting grand jury. The defendant must be provided a preliminary arraignment in a timely manner following arrest. Because a case that had been submitted to the indicting grand jury is transferred to the court of common pleas, the preliminary arraignment must be held before the supervising judge or another judge of the common pleas designated by the president judge.
An indictment by a grand jury is a prima facie determination made in lieu of a preliminary hearing in cases where witness intimidation has occurred, is occurring, or will occur. Therefore, following indictment, the case is in the same status as a case that has been held for court. The next steps following the preliminary arraignment in these situations would be the filing of the criminal information as provided in Rule 560 and the arraignment as provided in Rule 571.
New Rule 556.13 adopted November 27, 2018, effective March 1, 2019.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining new Rule 556.13 providing procedures following the execution of arrest warrants issued by the supervising judge of an investigating grand jury published with the Courts Order at 48 Pa.B. 7632 (December 15, 2018).
The provisions of this Rule 556.13 adopted November 27, 2018, effective March 1, 2019, 48 Pa.B. 7626.
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