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234 Pa. Code Rule 579. Time for Omnibus Pretrial Motion and Service.

Rule 579. Time for Omnibus Pretrial Motion and Service.

 (A)  Except as otherwise provided in these rules, the omnibus pretrial motion for relief shall be filed and served within 30 days after arraignment, unless opportunity therefor did not exist, or the defendant or defense attorney, or the attorney for the Commonwealth, was not aware of the grounds for the motion, or unless the time for filing has been extended by the court for cause shown.

 (B)  Copies of all pretrial motions shall be served in accordance with Rule 576.


   Contemplated within the concept of cause shown is a finding by the court that discovery has not been completed, or a bill of particulars has not been furnished, or that contested motions for discovery or for a bill of particulars are pending. ‘‘Arraignment’’ for purposes of this rule also means any proceeding held in lieu of arraignment in accordance with local rule, as permitted under Rule 571. This rule is not intended to preclude the filing by any party of a motion prior to arraignment when circumstances necessitate such a motion and when otherwise not precluded by rule or by law.

   For general requirements concerning the filing and service of motions, notices, and other documents by parties, see Rule 576.

   Official Note

   Formerly Rule 305 adopted June 30, 1964, effective January 1, 1965; renumbered Rule 307 and amended 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; renumbered Rule 579 and amended March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004.

   Committee Explanatory Reports:

   Final Report explaining the March 1, 2000 reorganization and renumbering of the rules published with the Court’s Order at 30 Pa.B. 1477 (March 18, 2000).

   Final Report explaining the March 3, 2004 amendments updating the cross-references correlative to the March 3, 2004 changes to the motions rules published with the Court’s Order at 34 Pa.B. 1561 (March 20, 2004).


   The provisions of this Rule 579 amended March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 1547. Immediately preceeding text appears at serial page (264289).

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