Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Expands the Rule on Jury Note Taking During Trial

 Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an Order that rolled out amendments to Pa.R.C.P. 223.2, pertaining to juror notetaking.

The amendments served to expand the Rule in this regard.

Under the amendments, a trial court judge is no longer able to prohibit juror notetaking in trials that are anticipated to take less than two days to complete.

Also, the amendments expand the Rule to now allow for note taking by jurors during both the Opening Statement of a trial as well as the Closing Argument of a trial.

Anyone wishing to review the Court Order regarding these amendments may click this LINK.

To view a copy of the new Rule 223.2, as amended, please click this LINK (the additions to the Rule are in bold and are underlined).

To review the new Commentary to Rule 223.2, please click HERE.

I send thanks to Attorney Gerard Gaughan of the O'Donnell Law Offices in Kingston, PA for bringing this Rule change to my attention.

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