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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 21-797




Local Rule—Criminal Pretrial Services; C.A. No. 8 of 2021

[51 Pa.B. 2794]
[Saturday, May 22, 2021]


And Now, this 11th day of May, 2021, it is hereby Ordered, Directed and Decreed that the following Rule is adopted as Greene County Local Rule G530-CRIM.

 In compliance with Pa. Rule of Civil Procedure 239 and Pa. Rule of Judicial Administration 103, we promulgate the following Greene County Local Rule and the District Court Administrator shall:

 a. File one copy of the local rule with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts;

 b. File two paper copies and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format only on a CD-ROM, or other agreed upon alternate format that complies with the requirements of 1 Pa. Code § 13.11(b), containing the text of the local rule to the Legislative Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;

 c. File one copy with the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee; and

 d. File a copy of the local rule, which shall be continuously available for inspection and copying, in the Office of the Prothonotary of Greene County.

 This local rule shall become effective not less than thirty (30) days after the date of publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

G530—CRIM. Pretrial Services.

 A Pretrial Services Unit shall be established within the Adult Probation and Parole Office to assist the Court by gathering and making recommendations concerning the release and conditions on bail for individual defendants, to monitor, supervise, and assist defendants released on bail, and to inform the Court of any breach of conditions of release. It is further ORDERED that the following regulations shall govern the pretrial services program:

 1. The Adult Probation and Parole Office, through the Pretrial Services Unit, is hereby designated as the bail agency for the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County provided that the posting of bail and other ministerial functions shall remain with the Greene County Clerk of Courts during regular business hours and with the on-call District Judge on weekends, holidays or after hours.

 a. The Pretrial Services Unit shall monitor and assist defendants released on bail. The duties and powers of the unit shall include the following:

 (i) Collecting and analyzing defendant information for use by the bail authority in assessing the likelihood of failure to appear and the danger that the release of such person may pose to any other person or the community.

 (ii) Making recommendations to the Court concerning bail, appropriate conditions of release and continuing conditions of release.

 (iii) Monitoring and supervising Defendants who are released on bail conditions during the pretrial phase of their cases; and

 (iv) Assisting Defendants released into Pretrial Services in securing any necessary employment, medical, or social services.

 2. All motions concerning bail before verdict pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 529(c) shall be heard by the designated Judge in open Court and on the record. Notice of the hearing concerning bail before verdict must be given to the attorney for the Commonwealth, Defense counsel of record, and bail agency (Adult Probation and Parole Office).

 3. Whenever a Defendant has failed to comply with the rules and regulations of the bail bond, or of the bail agency, or any other additional conditions of his release, the bail agency shall notify the attorney for the Commonwealth, the attorney for the Defendant, and the Court.

 a. The attorney for the Commonwealth may request a bond revocation and arrest warrant if it appears that a Defendant has violated a term of the bail. The warrant may be served by any authorized law enforcement officer including pretrial and probation officers of the Adult Probation and Parole Office.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-797. Filed for public inspection May 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]

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