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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-1501




Rule of Judicial Administration 450; Administrative Order No. 22 of 2023

[53 Pa.B. 6828]
[Saturday, November 4, 2023]

Order of Court

And Now, this 24th day of October, 2023, the Court hereby creates Rule 450 of the Adams County Rules of Judicial Administration as follows:

450. Payment for Court Appointments.

A. This rule shall be applicable to assignments for which payment for services rendered are assigned by the Court to the County of Adams or to the parties, according to local procedure, including but not limited to the following services:

1. Court-appointed Counsel in criminal, civil, juvenile and orphans' court matters;

2. Custody Conciliator;

3. Divorce Hearing Officer;

4. Gagnon I Master;

5. Juvenile Hearing Master; and

6. Guardian Ad Litem in dependency, custody and support matters.

B. Compensation for the services noted within this rule shall be established from time-to-time by Administrative Order.

C. All court-appointed counsel, conciliators, hearing officers, masters and guardians are encouraged to submit motion for payment of services on a monthly or quarterly basis.

D. In all instances, court-appointed counsel, conciliators, hearing officers, masters and guardians shall submit motion for payment in the calendar year the service was rendered.

1. Motions for payment must be filed by January 7 of a given year for the work performed in the preceding year.

2. Failure to submit motion for payment by January 7 shall result in forfeiture of payment for services rendered.

3. Court-appointed counsel, conciliators, hearing officers, masters and guardians may petition the Court for special consideration if cause is presented as to a delay in submission of motion for payment.

E. This rule is not applicable when services are governed by separate agreement with the County of Adams.

 The modification to this rule shall become effective after all the provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration 103 are met, to include the following:

 a. Two (2) certified copies of this Order together with a computer diskette that complies with the requirement of 1 Pa. Code § 13.11(b), or other compliant format, containing the text of the local rule(s) adopted hereby shall be distributed to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;

 b. One copy of this Order shall be forwarded to the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts via e-mail to;

 c. A copy of the proposed local rule(s) shall be published on the 51st Judicial District website;

 d. This Order shall be filed in the Office of the Prothonotary of Adams County and a copy thereof shall be filed with the Adams County Clerk of Courts and the Adams County Law Library for inspection and copying;

 e. The effective date of the local rule(s) shall be 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-1501. Filed for public inspection November 3, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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