Title 249—PHILADELPHIA RULES
Adoption of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Rule *700; President Judge General Court Regulation; No. 8 of 2022
[52 Pa.B. 3418]
[Saturday, June 18, 2022]
And Now, this 20th day of May, 2022, the Board of Judges of Philadelphia County having voted at the Board of Judges' meeting held on May 19, 2022, to adopt Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Rule *700, as follows to this Order, and, as required by Pa.R.J.A. 103, the Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee has reviewed the following local rule, has determined that Rule *700 is not inconsistent with applicable statewide rules, and has authorized its promulgation.
Now, therefore, it is hereby Ordered and Decreed that Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Rule *700 is adopted, as follows, effective thirty days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
As required by Pa.R.J.A. 103(d), the local rule which follows this Order was submitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Criminal Procedural Rules Committee for review, and written notification has been received from the Rules Committee certifying that the local rule is not inconsistent with any general rule of the Supreme Court. This Order and the following local rule shall be filed with the Office of Judicial Records (formerly the Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts and Clerk of Quarter Sessions) in a docket maintained for Administrative Orders issued by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. As required by Pa.R.J.A. 103(d)(5)(ii), two certified copies of this Administrative Order and the following local rule, as well as one copy of the Administrative Order and local rule shall be distributed to the Legislative Reference Bureau on a computer diskette for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. As required by Pa.R.J.A. 103(d)(6) one certified copy of this Administrative Order and local rule shall be filed with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, shall be published on the website of the First Judicial District at www.courts.phila.gov, and shall be incorporated in the compiled set of local rules no later than 30 days following publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Copies of the Administrative Order and local rules shall also be published in The Legal Intelligencer and will be submitted to American Lawyer Media, Jenkins Memorial Law Library, and the Law Library for the First Judicial District.
By the Court
HONORABLE IDEE C. FOX,
Court of Common Pleas
Philadelphia Criminal Rule *700.
(A) The judge who presided at the trial or who received the plea of guilty or nolo contendere shall impose sentence unless there are extraordinary circumstances which preclude the judge's presence. In such event, another judge shall be assigned to impose sentence.
(B) The supervision of a defendant serving a sentence may be transferred to a judge other than the original sentencing judge in any of the following situations:
(1) The original sentencing judge has been transferred out of the Criminal Division and consents in writing, to the transfer of the supervision;
(2) The case has been accepted into a First Judicial District reentry program and, after a hearing or in writing, the defendant and the original sentencing judge consent to supervision being transferred to a judge presiding over the reentry program;
(3) The defendant is facing a new sentencing in front of a different judge on a separate case and, after a hearing or in writing, the defendant and the original sentencing judge consent to supervision being transferred to the other judge; or
(4) There exist extraordinary circumstances, including but not limited to: death, incapacitation or retirement, which preclude the presence of the original sentencing judge.
Local Rule 700(A) tracks Pa.R.Crim.P. 700(A).
Pa.R.Crim.P. 700 also governs sentencings that result from a violation of probation or parole. See Comm. v. McNeal, 120 A.3d 313 (Pa. Super. 2015). Accordingly, Local Rule 700(B) flows from Pa.R.Crim.P. 700(B), which invites promulgation of local rules to expand the circumstances under which transfers from one judge to another may be made. Local Rule 700(B) reflects the recognition that transfers are appropriate under a variety of circumstances, including where a defendant has the opportunity to enter one of the First Judicial District's reentry programs or in order to consolidate a violation hearing in front of the ''back judge'' with the sentencing for a new case in front of a different judge.
Note: For the purposes of this Rule, the term ''writing'' includes electronic mail.
Adopted by order dated May 19, 2022. Published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on June 18, 2022 and effective July 18, 2022.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-890. Filed for public inspection June 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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