Research guides

Pennsylvania Criminal Law

Philadelphia Resources

Court Rules

Philadelphia County Local Rules (online access provided by The Philadelphia Courts)
Also on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers and in print.
Historical versions of the court rules are also available through select resources. See a librarian for more information.

For more information on how to access county court rules, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County guide.

Research Tip

County court rules should be used in conjunction with state court rules. The Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure (Pa.R.Crim.P.) are freely available online in Title 234 of the Pennsylvania Code. See the Pennsylvania Court Rules - State guide for additional ways to access the Pa.R.Crim.P.

Criminal Practice Materials

Five County Criminal Practice Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms. Covers Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms. Library also has previous editions: see all.

Research Tip

For resources related to Juvenile Court practice, see the Pennsylvania Juvenile Delinquency guide.

Phila CCP Criminal Division - Online

The Philadelphia Courts - Court of Common Pleas Trial Division - Criminal
Includes general court information, hearing and docket searching, forms, and more.

The Philadelphia Courts Forms Center - Trial Division - Criminal
Includes "Application of Continuance", "Entry of Appearance", "Motion to Vacate or Reduce Bail Judgment", "Notice of Appeal from Summary Criminal Conviction", "Waiver of Arraignment", and more.
Also includes forms for "Petition for Expungement Pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 490" and "Petition for Expungement Pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 790".

The Philadelphia Courts - Brochures & Manuals
Trial Division - Criminal includes pamphlets on Diversion/Re-entry Program, Mental Health Court Program, and Mitigation Protocol.

Phila CCP Criminal Division - Print

Five County Criminal Practice Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms. Covers Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Electronic Filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: Criminal Trial Division Pennsylvania Bar Institute

How to Handle a Felony Case in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.

So, the Court Appointed You as Counsel? Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.

Phila Municipal Ct Criminal Division - Online

Philadelphia Courts - Municipal Court - Criminal Division
Includes general court information, Treatment Court information, links to search Criminal Filings and Criminal Hearing Lists, and more.

The Philadelphia Courts - Forms Center
Includes Subpoena Duces Tecum and Personal Appearance Subpoena.

Phila Municipal Ct Criminal Division - Onsite Print & Electronic

Criminal Law Update (2018) Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter 6: Philadelphia Municipal Court Criminal Division Initiatives.

Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms. Library also has previous editions: see all.

Pennsylvania Criminal Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 12: Philadelphia Municipal Court and Philadelphia Traffic Court. Library also has previous edition: see all.

So You Want to Take Misdemeanor Appointments: An Introduction to Practice in the Philadelphia Municipal Court Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.