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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1309




Adoption of New Rule 576.1 of Local Rules of Criminal Procedure; C.P.J. No. 7, Page 1357; No. 14 AD 2018

[48 Pa.B. 5350]
[Saturday, August 25, 2018]

Administrative Order

 And Now, this 8th day of August 2018, it is hereby Ordered, to be effective 30 days after publication in the PA Bulletin, the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas adopts the following local rule 576.1 governing Electronic Filing of Legal Papers for the 2nd Judicial District.

 The Lancaster County District Court Administrator is Ordered to do the following:

 1. File one (1) copy to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts via email to

 2. File two (2) paper copies and one (1) electronic copy in a Microsoft Word format only to with the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 3. Publish these Rules on the Lancaster County Court website at

 4. Incorporation of the local rule into the set of local rules on within thirty (30) days after the publication of the local rule in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 5. File one (1) copy of the local rule in the appropriate filing office for public inspection and copying.

By the Court

President Judge

L.C.R.Crim.P. No. 576.1. Electronic Filing of Legal Papers.

 A. The electronic filing of motions and other legal papers in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas—Criminal Division is authorized as specifically provided in this rule. Parties shall electronically file documents using the PacFile electronic filing system developed by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts. The application of general rules of court and court policies that implement the rules, shall continue to apply to all filings regardless of the method of filing.

 B. Legal Papers Defined. The ''legal papers'' which shall be filed electronically shall encompass all written motions, written answers and any notices or documents for which filing is required or permitted, including orders, exhibits and attachments, except for the following:

 1. Legal papers filed or authorized to be filed under seal;

 2. Applications for a search warrant;

 3. Applications for an arrest warrant;

 4. Grand jury materials;

 5. Subpoenas;

 6. Petitions and/or motions presented during criminal business court;

 7. Wiretap Act, cell phone, tracker and Internet petitions; and

 8. Documents required to be filed upon disposition in DUI Central Court.

 C. All attorneys shall establish a PacFile account using the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal. Parties who are proceeding without counsel are not required to establish a PacFile account and are not required to file legal papers using the electronic PacFile system.

 D. Applicable filing fees shall be paid electronically through procedures established by the clerk of courts and at the same time and in the same amount as required by statute, court rule or order, or established by a published fee schedule.

 E. Use of the PacFile system shall constitute as the filer's certification that the electronic notice and service of other documents through the Pacfile system will be accepted by the filer. The submission of an electronic filing shall satisfy the service requirements of Pa.R.Crim.P. 576 on any attorney or party who has established an account as provided in subsection C. Service of electronic filings on any party proceeding without counsel shall be made by the traditional methods required under Pa.R.Crim.P. 576.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1309. Filed for public inspection August 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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