Research guides

Pennsylvania Criminal Law

Criminal Practice & Procedure

The resources listed below are a selection of the secondary materials related to criminal law practice in Pennsylvania. It may be beneficial to also look at the resources listed in the other pages of this guide. Additional material may be available at Jenkins. Search the Jenkins' catalog for criminal* and limit the location to Pennsylvania for a more detailed list. Visitors to Jenkins may also want to browse the shelves around call numbers KFP560 through KFP598.

Free Online Resources

The following free online resources include information and select forms regarding criminal law in Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Courts: Trial Division - Criminal
Also see the Forms Center.

Philadelphia Bar Association: Criminal Justice Section
Also see Resources.

Member Databases

The following member database includes information regarding criminal law in Pennsylvania. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access this database. This database is also available in the library.

Pennsylvania Criminal Law (LexisNexis Practice Guide)
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Criminal Law" (vols. 17-20).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Onsite Print & Electronic

The following print resources include information regarding criminal law in Pennsylvania. Some resources published by LexisNexis and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Pennsylvania West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Pennsylvania Criminal Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.
See "Criminal Law" (vols. 17-20). Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Law of Probation and Parole West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Pennsylvania Trial Guide, Criminal Bisel
Library also has previous edition: see all.

Standard Pennsylvania Practice 2d West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See chapters 131-140. Use the index to find additional chapters. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" (vols. 4-5B). Library also has previous edition.

PBI Publications

In conjunction with its continuing legal education courses, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) produces many books each year covering various criminal law topics. Some of these concentrate on more specific or unusual areas of the law. When a researcher has difficulty finding an answer in the manuals or form books, it is a good idea to turn to a PBI publication for guidance.

The Civil Administrative Consequences of Criminal Actions
Includes forms.

Criminal Law 2017 Highlights: CLE "Down the Shore"
Includes forms.

Criminal Law Symposium
Library has annual volumes from 1984-present.

Criminal Law Update
Library has annual volumes from 2006-present.

Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure: Elements, Analysis, and Application
Library also has previous editions: see all.

So, the Court Appointed You As Counsel?
Includes forms.