Rule 572. Bill of Particulars.
(A) A request for a bill of particulars shall be served in writing by the defendant upon the attorney for the Commonwealth within 7 days following arraignment. The request shall promptly be filed and served as provided in Rule 576.
(B) The request shall set forth the specific particulars sought by the defendant, and the reasons why the particulars are requested.
(C) Upon failure or refusal of the attorney for the Commonwealth to furnish a bill of particulars after service of a request, the defendant may make written motion for relief to the court within 7 days after such failure or refusal. If further particulars are desired after an original bill of particulars has been furnished, a motion therefor may be made to the court within 5 days after the original bill is furnished.
(D) When a motion for relief is made, the court may make such order as it deems necessary in the interests of justice.
The traditional function of a Bill of particulars is to clarify the pleadings and to limit the evidence which can be offered to support the information.
Rule 304 adopted June 29, 1977 and November 22, 1977, effective as to cases in which the indictment or information is filed on or after January 1, 1978; amended October 21, 1983, effective January 1, 1984; amended June 19, 1996, effective July 1, 1996; renumbered Rule 572 and amended March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the June 19, 1996 amendments published with the Courts Order at 26 Pa.B. 3128 (July 6, 1996).
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 March 3, 2004 amendments to paragraph (A) published with the Courts Order at 34 Pa.B. 1561 (March 20, 2004).
The provisions of this Rule 572 amended March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 1547. Immediately preceeding text appears at serial pages (289105) and (264279).
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