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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-848



[201 PA. CODE CH. 7]

Assignment of Judges

[29 Pa.B. 2766]

Rule 701.  Assignment of judges to courts.

   (a)  Certification of availability for assignment by former or retired judges. A former or retired judge who consents to accept assignment on temporary judicial service shall file with the Administrative Office a statement of the period during which he is willing to be assigned to a court, and a certification that he has not, since his last judicial duty, engaged in the practice of law or in any activity incompatible with judicial office and does not intend to engage in the practice of law in the future. Excepting those in appellate senior judge status, senior judge status shall end at age seventy-five; however, those serving in senior judge status as of the effective date of this rule may continue to do so notwithstanding the age seventy-five limitation. In order to be qualified for assignment, such judge shall not have been defeated for re-election and shall have served as a judge (whether or not continuously or on the same court) by election or appointment for an aggregate of at least ten years, except that any duly elected justice or judge, having an aggregate of five years' judicial service or seniority, who is required to retire at age seventy, shall be eligible for assignment. Suitable facilities and adequate staff are to be provided for senior judges, the parameters of which are to be determined and promulgated by the Administrative Office.

   Directive: In accordance with Rule of Judicial Administration 701(a), the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts promulgates this directive establishing minimum standards for suitable facilities and adequate staff for the senior judges of the courts of common pleas.

   The president judge of a judicial district, in consultation with the Court Administrator of Pennsylvania as needs may require, shall provide from available resources for each senior judge formerly of the judicial district who is regularly or periodically assigned in that district and for each visiting senior judge the following facilities and staff for matters arising under the appointment:

   (a) the use of judicial chambers which shall be of adequate size and appropriately furnished, afford a measure of privacy, and include office equipment and supplies as are necessary to conduct judicial business;

   (b) services of a law clerk who shall provide customary assistance including legal research and drafting of legal documents; and

   (c) services of a secretary who shall provide customary assistance including typing correspon-dence, orders and opinions, answering phone calls and taking messages, receiving and sending mail and deliveries.

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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-848. Filed for public inspection May 28, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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