Many Pennsylvania Appellate Rules Changes Being Made in 2013


In the first six months of this year, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has been very active in revising and updating its rules and procedures governing appeals. In the most significant change, which was the subject of our Alert published here,* the Court required that all filed documents be printed in 14 point type and set word limits that substantially reduce the length of briefs. 43 Pa. Bull. 2007 (Apr. 13, 2013). This Alert provides a quick guide to this year’s other major changes, with citations to places to find the full text.

- Notices of appeal. The Court clarified Appellate Rule 341 to note that if an appeal is taken from an order under more than one docket number or from more than one judgment, separate notices of appeal must be filed. 43 Pa. Code 2423 (May 4, 2013).

- Trial court jurisdiction to proceed after appeal. The Court clarified that, although trial courts lose jurisdiction over a case when an appeal is filed, they do not lose power to address such ancillary matters as calculation of interest. The Court also called attention to its holding in Samuel Bassett v. Kia Motors (2011) that filing of a notice of appeal does not prevent adjudication of an attorneys’ fee award. 43 Pa. Bull. 2271 (Apr. 27, 2013).

Please see full Alert below for more information.

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