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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-1629




Amendment of Rules of Civil Procedure; Administrative Order No. 23 of 2023

[53 Pa.B. 7287]
[Saturday, November 25, 2023]

Order of Court

And Now, this 25th day of October, 2023, It Is Ordered that Adams County Rules of Civil Procedure are amended to add new Rule 220, as follows:

Rule 220. Juror Qualification Form.

A. Court Administration shall devise a juror qualification form limited to questions sufficient to determine a person's qualification to serve as a juror as required by 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 4521(d)(1). The juror qualification form shall be in a format that substantially allows for responses to the following questions:

1. Are you a resident of Adams County?

2. Are you a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

3. Can you read, write and understand the English language?

4. Have you been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and not granted a pardon or amnesty?

5. Are you incapable, by reason of mental or physical infirmity, to render efficient jury service?

6. Are you 18 years of age or older?

B. The juror qualification form shall include a signature line for which the person completing the form declares under penalty of perjury that the responses to the questions on the form are true to the best of the person's knowledge.

C. The questions outlined in this Rule and the responses contained therein from prospective jurors shall constitute in whole a completed juror qualification form, and only this form shall be made available to the plaintiff or if represented, plaintiff's attorney and defendant or if represented, defendant's attorney upon request.

 This rule amendment shall become effective after all the provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure are met, to include the following:

 a. A certified copy of this order shall be submitted to the Civil Procedural Rules Committee for review;

 b. Upon receipt of a statement from the Civil Procedural Rules Committee that the local rules is not inconsistent with any general rule of the Supreme Court, 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;

 c. One (1) certified copy of this Order shall be forwarded to the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts;

 d. A copy of the local rule shall be published on the Unified Judicial System's website;

 e. 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;

 f. The effective date of the local rule shall be 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-1629. Filed for public inspection November 22, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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