Local Rules for Monroe County Court of Common Pleas

Background Investigation Form

Description:  

Form for the background investigation to be conducted on appointed Constables, Deputy Constables, and Private Investigators.

Date:  

February 8, 2016

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Law Enforcement Officers Carrying Firearms in the Courthouse

Description:  

Policy allowing for the carrying of firearms in the Monroe County courthouse by qualified law enforcement officers.

Date:  

April 18, 2014

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Monroe County Central Booking Center Administrative Fee

Description:  

Order creating a $300 booking center fee in accordance with 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 1725.5, in addition to any other fines, penalties or costs imposed by law. 

Date:  

October 12, 2012

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Requirements Concerning Magisterial District Judges

Description:  

Order adopting specific coverage requirements of Pa. R. Crim. P 117 for Magisterial District Judges and establishing a specific schedule; establishing guidelines for the use of video arriagnment procedures; and additional requirements and procedures.

Date:  

August 24, 2012

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Use of Cell Phones in Courtroom

To: All Members of the Bar

From: Judge Jennifer Harlacher Sibum, Monroe County Court of Common Pleas

Date: May 11, 2012

Re: Use of Cell Phones

The use of cell phones in the courtroom has become an almost constant distraction.  There has been too many incidents where an attorney’s cell phone has rung not only in the courtroom when a hearing or a trial is in process, but during jury selections as well as opening  and closing statements.  The use of phones, whether it be to review email accounts, check phone or text messages or answer a call is discourteous not only to the court but to the clients and all those involved in the proceeding.

As such, unless the Court grants prior permission, I am now prohibiting all attorneys from having cell phones turned “ON” or VISIBLE in my courtroom.  All cell phones must be “OFF”.  There will be no exceptions.  Please do not place the phone on counsel table.  Phones must be in a purse, pocket or briefcase at all times.

Please focus on your immediate responsibilities.

Thank you.