Commission Submits Comments to Court re Proposed State Criminal Procedural Rules Governing the Appointment of Counsel, the Purpose of Bail, and Others

On February 14, 2022, the Commission submitted formal comments to the PA Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, in response to its publication of proposed amendments to existing state court rules. The Commission’s comments focused on four of the proposed rules, including the appointment of counsel at preliminary arraignments, the problematic proposed expansion of the purposes of bail, the burden of proof to be met by the bail authority in attaching conditions of bail, and the length of time within which a hearing on conditions of bail must occur.