Changes are needed in the Philadelphia court system

, The Legal Intelligencer


I am a relatively young lawyer in Philadelphia. What is the current status of court appointments and is the system ending?

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  • hugh burns

    Young lawyers might want to know that the Philadelphia District Attorney's office does not "report" defense counsel for merely filing a brief late, and in my experience (27 years, including 10 years as chief of the appeals unit) it never has. I have never heard of such a practice on the Superior Court's part either. If the author meant to refer to cases in which an appeal was dismissed because no brief was ever filed, then it should be noted that the Superior Court often grants prompt pleas for reinstatement of such appeals. Total abandonment of a client may lead to counsel being reported, but that's a very different matter.

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