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Pennsylvania Court Rules - State

PA Court Rules

"Court rules are designed to guide and regulate the conduct of judicial business. They range from procedural details . . . to matters of substantial importance." Kent C. Olson, Principles of Legal Research § 9.1, at 310 (2009).

When participating in a court case, it is important to follow the correct set of court rules. This guide will lead Jenkins' members to where they can find Pennsylvania State Court Rules, including the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Rules of Evidence.

The Pennsylvania Court Rules are available online from Pacode.com, on the library's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, and in print.

Local court rules should be used in conjunction with the state court rules. See the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County guide for how to access the county court rules.

In the PA Code

The Pennsylvania Code includes many of the state court rules, including the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Evidence, and more. The rules are located after Title 200. The Pennsylvania Code is available online at Pacode.com. For additional places to find the Code, including on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers and in print in the library, see the Pennsylvania Code & Bulletin guide.

In the Statutes

The Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes provided by West/Thomson Reuters include the annotated Pennsylvania state court rules after Title 42, both in print and on Westlaw. For more information about the statutes, see the Pennsylvania Statutes guide.

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