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234 Pa. Code Rule 589. Pretrial Disposition of Summary Offenses Joined with Misdemeanor, Felony, or Murder Charges.

Rule 589. Pretrial Disposition of Summary Offenses Joined with Misdemeanor, Felony, or Murder Charges.

 (A)  In any case in which a summary offense is joined with a misdemeanor, felony, or murder charge, and therefore is part of the court case, when there is a dismissal of all misdemeanor, felony, and murder charges, unless the Commonwealth appeals the disposition, the trial judge shall dispose of the summary offense.

 (B)  In any case in which all the misdemeanor, felony, and murder charges are withdrawn pursuant to Rule 561, any remaining summary offenses shall be disposed of in the court of common pleas.

Comment

   In any case in which a summary offense is joined with a misdemeanor, felony, or murder charge, and therefore is part of the court case, when an appeal of a pretrial disposition of the misdemeanor, felony, or murder charge is taken, disposition of the summary offense should be delayed pending the appeal. See Rules of Appellate Procedure 311 (Interlocutory Appeals as of Right), 903 (Time for Appeal), and 1701 (Effect of Appeal Generally).

   Notwithstanding the provisions of this rule, a dismissal of the prosecution pursuant to Rule 586 (Court Dismissal Upon Satisfaction or Agreement) may include the dismissal of the summary offense.

   For the procedures for nolle prosequi see Rule 585 (Nolle Prosequi).

   Official Note

   Adopted March 9, 2006, effective September 1, 2006; amended February 12, 2010, effective April 1, 2010.

   Committee Explanatory Reports:

   Final Report explaining the new rule published with the Court’s Order at 36 Pa.B. 1385 (March 25, 2006).

   Final Report explaining the February 12, 2010 amendments to paragraph (B) concerning the disposition of summary offenses at the court of common pleas published with the Court’s Order at 40 Pa.B. 1068 (February 27, 2010).

Source

   The provisions of this Rule 589 adopted March 9, 2006, effective September 1, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 1385; amended February 12, 2010, effective April 1, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 1068. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (347928) and (338919).



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