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					   Dauphin County
Court of Common Pleas
   12th Judicial District




 2006 Annual Report
                     DAUPHIN COUNTY
                      COURT HOUSE



ABOUT THE COVER PAINTING:




O     n the front cover is a watercolor of the Dauphin County Court
      House, painted by Judge Jeannine Turgeon, a member of the
Dauphin County Bench. Judge Turgeon generously gave her
permission for its use on this cover. An avid photographer, she
recently decided to try her hand at painting. Her works may be seen
in the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds/Register of Wills Offices.
She has also had her photography and paintings exhibited locally.
                                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD ...............................................................................................................................................ii

MISSION STATEMENT ...............................................................................................................................iii

REPORT FROM          THE   PRESIDENT JUDGE .........................................................................................................1

MEMBERS OF THE BENCH ...........................................................................................................................3

PROCLAMATION HONORING JUDGE WILLIAM L IPSITT’S 90 TH BIRTHDAY .......................................................6

KITE FEST 2006 ........................................................................................................................................8
ADULT PROBATION ....................................................................................................................................9

BUREAU OF FINES AND COSTS .................................................................................................................12

COURT ADMINISTRATION .........................................................................................................................13

          CIVIL COURT ...............................................................................................................................15

          CRIMINAL COURT ........................................................................................................................22

          DISTRICT JUSTICES .......................................................................................................................24

          ORPHANS ’ COURT ........................................................................................................................29

DOMESTIC RELATIONS .............................................................................................................................32

JUVENILE PROBATION ..............................................................................................................................35

LAW LIBRARY ..........................................................................................................................................37

OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS ...................................................................................................................38

SELF HELP CENTER .................................................................................................................................39

COURT APPOINTED COUNSEL ..............................................................................................Back Inside Cover




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                                          FOREWORD

       The seventh Annual Report is submitted for your review. It is made available to the citizens of
Dauphin County as a booklet that records the proceedings of 2006 and cites statistical information
regarding the court’s business.


       Our Court continues to innovate to deliver prompt and efficient services to our citizens despite
budgetary constraints. Within this Report, you will find many successful judicial programs – from
adaptation and fine-tuning of the Common Pleas Case Management System, a statewide docketing
system that began implementation in 2005, to the Self Help Center, located in the law library, for self-
represented litigants.


       Thank you to each court department director for bringing together their reports and statistical
information concerning their various offices. Our court would not run as efficiently and effectively
without the hard work and dedication of its staff; our appreciation goes out to each of them. We are
grateful also to the Dauphin County Print Shop staff for their time and guidance in producing this
booklet.


       As noted in past annual reports, reader’s suggestions are always welcome.




                                                        Tracey E. McCall
                                                        Annual Report Editor




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DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT MISSION STATEMENT

 TO ASSURE EQUAL ACCESS, FAIR TREATMENT AND THE

PEACEFUL AND EFFICIENT RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES FOR


ALL CITIZENS ASSERTING THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW.




                          Prepared and published by the
                          DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
                          DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT HOUSE
                          FRONT AND MARKET STREETS
                          HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 17101
                          (717) 780-6624
                          www.dauphincounty.org
                          Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM




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      Kathleen A. Higgins                                                      Dauphin County Court House
 E-mail: khiggins@dauphinc.org                                                      Front & Market Str eets
            Law Clerk                                                           Harrisburg, Pennsy lvania 17101

        Melissa J. Zeplin                                                         Tel ephon e: (717) 780- 6660
 E-mail: mzeplin@dauphinc.org                                                         Fax: (717) 780- 6452
       Judicial Assistant
                                           Richard A. Lewis
     Pamela B. Sites, RPR                   President Judge
       (717) 780-6610
      Court Reporter                     Court of Common Pleas
                                        Twelfth Judicial District




Dear Citizens of Dauphin County,

       On behalf of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, I am pleased to present our 2006
Annual Report, prepared by Tracey E. McCall, Dauphin County Law Librarian. On behalf of the Court,
I thank Tracey for another outstanding job.

       The year 2006 saw the Courts first full year with the statewide criminal docketing system known
as CPCMS. The system implemented by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts was a uni-
form system shoehorned into the practices and policies of all 67 counties. Every county faced issues
with the system including ours. The ability of our criminal justice system employees to sift through
problems and make the system functional is a testament to their excellent work ethic.

       Computerization of our jury system commenced this year. To date our “juror name lists” have
been computerized. During 2007 we hope to be employing a computer system capable of computeriz-
ing not only the “juror name lists” but also bar coded check-in for jurors, attendance, mileage, compen-
sation, letters to employers, and location of jurors at all times (for example what courtroom they are in).
This system, to be purchased in part with Act 8 computerization funds, will increase the efficiency of
our jury system.

       The number of criminal caseloads in Dauphin County took another jump this year - a total of
6,099 cases were docketed. This is an increase of more than 1,100 cases in just two years, or approxi-
mately 22%. Our court disposed of 5,166 criminal cases, the highest number of completed cases in its
history. Our juvenile court numbers also continued to increase. We saw 1,544 juveniles referred to
court (an increase of 7.7 percent over 2005) with a total of 4,069 alleged crimes and violations. Juvenile
gun crimes numbered 41 in 2005 and 88 in 2006, a staggering increase of 115%. Collections in our
Bureau of Fines and Costs exceeded $5.578 million, a 2.8% increase over 2005.

       Court-bound civil filings also increased. We had a total of 4,584 matters filed this year compared
to 4,088 filed the previous year - a 12% increase. The “civil” dockets, those cases that specifically
resulted in a jury or non-jury trial, rose from 1,501 in 2005 to 2,067 in 2006 - a 37.7% increase. Total
dockets logged in the Prothonotary’s Office - which include not only the court bound filings but also
notes, federal tax liens, municipal liens, and other non-court-bound filings increased from 11,731 in
2005 to 13,639 in 2006 - an increase of 16.3%.




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        Our Domestic Relations Office had a busy year with collections surpassing $45,000.000. In
March of 2006, DRO created a special unit to track down “locate” information on its most difficult
clients. Mid-year, it also initiated video conferencing use with inmates at the prison thus speeding up
the process and saving sheriff transport costs. In September of 2006, DRO had a weeklong amnesty
program during which a defendant’s good-faith payment resulted in the lift of an outstanding arrest
warrant. The program resulted in 147 arrest warrants being lifted and $16,774 in outstanding support
being collected.

        An event of significant import occurred on August 1, 2006, with the opening of an office for
our 16th Magisterial District Judge, LaVon A. Postelle. Judge Postelle took office in 2004 without the
benefit of a courtroom or chambers; he exhibited immeasurable patience while the construction of his
facility took place. This construction project was an ‘if something can go wrong it will’ phenomenon
that took twice as long as we projected. We are happy to have Judge Postelle now ensconced in his
office.

       This year also saw the feting of a beloved former member of the bench, the Honorable William
W. Lipsitt, who celebrated his 90th birthday on August 2, 2006. Dauphin County has been privileged
to have the benefit of Judge Lipsitt’s wisdom, character, and humor for many decades. The bench’s
tribute to Judge Lipsitt is included in this Report.

        Another milestone occurred on November 2, 2006, when the courts opened a Self Help Center
in the Dauphin County Law Library. Designed to assist pro se litigants in specific types of civil litiga-
tion, the Center provides forms and instructions at a small cost. The Center has been very well re-
ceived in the initial weeks of operation.

      The employees of the Court of Common Pleas and its related offices deserve recognition and
thanks for the fine efforts that they perform to keep the system working for those who come to us
seeking justice. In addition, you, the citizens of this magnificent county deserve recognition and
thanks for the support, trust, and confidence you place in us.


                                                        Repectfully submitted,



                                                        Richard A. Lewis, President Judge
                                                        Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas




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         MEMBERS OF THE BENCH
           12TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
          DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT
                     OF
               COMMON PLEAS




Seated (left to right): Judge Jeannine Turgeon, President Judge Richard A. Lewis and
                              Judge Joseph H. Kleinfelter.

Standing (left to right): Judge John F. Cherry, Judge Scott A. Evans, Judge Lawrence F.
             Clark, Jr., Judge Todd A. Hoover, and Judge Bruce F. Bratton.




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                        MEMBERS OF THE BENCH
                DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

THE HONORABLE RICHARD A. LEWIS, President Judge. Elected to bench November 1993.
Retained November 2003. Elected President Judge February 2005. Born April 18, 1947, in Steelton, PA. Graduate
of Bishop McDevitt High School, Rutgers University, and Dickinson School of Law. Assistant District Attorney
1972-80; served as elected District Attorney from 1980 until his election to the bench. President, Pa. District
Attorney’s Association 1985-1986. Member, Pa. Sentencing Commission, 1983-1990; Adjunct professor at
Dickinson School of Law, Widener University School of Law, and Penn State-Capitol Campus. Former Chair,
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Committee, and former member Pennsylvania Conference of
State Trial Judges Education Committee. Responsible for assigning cases to judges, and exercises general
supervision and administrative authority over court departments, magisterial district courts and administers
the work of the court, Civil and Criminal cases. Married; one child.

THE HONORABLE JEANNINE TURGEON, Judge. First Elected Woman Judge of Dauphin County
November 1991. Retained November 2001. Born March 19, 1953, in Ephrata, PA. Graduate of Central Dauphin
East High School (1970); Chatham College (B.A. 1974) and University of Pittsburgh Law School (J.D. 1977 Class
President). Master’s Candidate, National Judicial College (Judicial Studies). Law Clerk to the Hon. Genevieve
Blatt, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (1977-1979); associate of Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall from
1979-81; partner in Campbell, Spitzer, Davis, & Turgeon (ultimately Davis & Turgeon) until her election to the
bench. Vice Chair, Pa. Supreme Court Suggested Civil Jury Instruction Committee (2000-date); Member, Pa.
State Sentencing Commission (2003-2007); Vice-Chair (2005-present) Judicial Security Committee; former Member
(Chair 2002-2003) Pa. Supreme Court Domestic Relations Rules Committee (1997-2003). Former Chair, Family
Law Section, Pa. Trial Judges Conference (1996-2000), former Vice Chair, Tri-County Alliance for Youth (1998-
2003). Currently Co-chair, Central PA Judges and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Judges (LCL); Vice-
Chair of the Judicial Security Committee; Chair, Dauphin County Meet Your Judges. Adjunct Professor at
Widener School of Law and Penn State University; frequent lecturer for Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania
State Trial Judges Conference, and other legal, civic, and community organizations. Currently serving as Dauphin
County’s Domestic Relations Judge in addition to Civil and Criminal cases. Married to attorney Luther E.
(Chip) Milspaw, Jr.; three daughters and two stepdaughters.

THE HONORABLE JOSEPH H. KLEINFELTER, Judge. Elected to bench November 1991. Retained
November 2001. Past President Judge February 2000 - February 2005. Born March 3, 1939, in Harrisburg, PA.
Graduate of William Penn High School, Gettysburg College, Dickinson School of Law. Law Clerk to the Hon. G.
Thomas Miller and Homer L. Kreider of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas; full time prosecutor for
16 years in the York and Dauphin County District Attorney’s Offices; current adjunct professor of law, Dickinson
School of Law. Army veteran; current member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. P.F.A. Court Judge and Civil and
Criminal cases. Married; seven children; eight grandchildren.

THE HONORABLE SCOTT ARTHUR EVANS, Judge. Elected to bench November 1993. Retained
November 2003. Born October 11, 1957, in Harrisburg, PA. Graduate of Harrisburg High School, Dickinson
College, and Delaware Law School of Widener University. Harrisburg City School Board 1977-78. Dauphin
County Assistant Public Defender 1981-83; litigation associate with Melman, Gekas, Nicholas, and Lieberman
1983-85; Solicitor, Dauphin County Treasurer 1984-85; Dauphin County Chief Public Defender from 1985-




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94. NLADA (death penalty subcommittee), PACDL, PDAPA. Former Adjunct professor Widener University
Law School; Board of Overseers 1989-2000; Lecturer, Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Dickinson School of
Law, Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, and Harrisburg Area Community College. Former Member of
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee 1998-2004. Member Environmental Hearing
Board Rules Committee 2003-2004. Certified Lacrosse Official CPLOA 2003-present. Member Calvary United
Methodist Church. Currently serving as Property Assessment Appeal, Mental Health and Paternity Court
Judge and Civil and Criminal cases. Married to Barbara Zemlock, Esquire, partner Post & Schell; four children.

THE HONORABLE TODD A. HOOVER, Judge. Elected to bench November 1993. Retained November
2003. Born January 20, 1955, in Harrisburg, PA. Graduate of Upper Dauphin High School, Indiana University
of Pennsylvania, and Delaware Law School. Dauphin County Assistant District Attorney 1979-83; private practice
1983-94; former solicitor for Pennsylvania State Police Court Martial Board and for Middle Paxton Township
Zoning Hearing Board; former special counsel to Dauphin County Domestic Relations Office. Boy Scouts of
America—Board of Keystone Area Council. State Wide Adoption Network Award-Juvenile Court Judge of the
Year 2002. Currently serving as Juvenile Court Dependency Judge and Orphans’ Court Judge, Divorce Master
Judge, Civil and Criminal cases. Married; four children.

THE HONORABLE LAWRENCE F. CLARK, JR., Judge. Elected to bench November 1995. Retained
November 2005. Born March 17, 1943, in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Attended Wilkes College
and Harrisburg Area Community College. Graduated from Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Northwestern
University Traffic Institute and Indiana University, Indianapolis Law School. Former Pennsylvania State Trooper,
retired with 20 years of service, and was first Pennsylvania State Trooper to become an attorney. Also served as
Assistant Attorney General, State Police Chief Counsel, and State Police Academy Legal Advisor. Private practice
1985-95. Past special consultant to the Pennsylvania Senate. Past elected member of Derry Township Board of
Supervisors (Chair, 1993). Member, Hershey Rotary Club, Executive Board of Keystone Area Council of the Boy
Scouts of America, and other professional organizations. Eagle Scout. Currently serving as the Asbestos, Lottery,
Naturalization, and Civil Calendar Judge, Arbitration Judge and Civil and Criminal cases. Member St. Joan of
Arc Church, Hershey. Married to Dr. Mary Beth Clark, Assistant Professor of Nursing, of the Penn State University
at Hershey Medical Center.

THE HONORABLE JOHN F. CHERRY, Judge. Elected to bench November 1999. Born April 14, 1951,
in DuBois, PA. Graduate of DuBois High School, Gannon University, and Dickinson School of Law. Served as
teacher, coach, and assistant high school principal at Elk County Christian High School, St. Mary’s, PA. Dauphin
County Deputy District Attorney; Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; partner at
Goldberg, Katzman & Shipman. Appointed District Attorney in December 1993; elected District Attorney of
Dauphin County 1994-99. Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law and Dickinson College.
Currently serving as Criminal Calendar Judge, Juvenile (Delinquency), Civil and Criminal cases. Married to
Camille Kostelac-Cherry, Esquire; two children.

THE HONORABLE BRUCE F. BRATTON, Judge. Appointed to bench by then-governor Tom Ridge
October 2001, elected November 2001. Born June 25, 1949, in Lewistown, PA. Graduate of Mount Union Area
High School, 1967; Pennsylvania State University, with honors, 1973; and the University of Pennsylvania School
of Law, 1976. Served in United States Army in the Republic of Vietnam, 1969-70. Associate attorney at Meyers
& Desfor; partner at Connelly, Martsolf, Reid, Bratton & Spade; partner at Martsolf & Bratton—all in Harrisburg,
PA. Member, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 542; member, Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, F&AM.
Currently serving as Bar Association Rules Committee Liaison, ARD and Custody Judge, Civil and Criminal
cases. Married to Holly Bratton; two children.




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            The County of Dauphin
         Commonwealth of Pennsylvania




      Court of Commom Pleas
           Twelfth Judicial District

                              Proclamation
We, the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Past and Present, are
delighted to join the many friends and family members of the Honorable William W. Lipsitt
of Harrisburg in wishing him a very happy 90th birthday;

Whereas, on August 2, 1916, Bill Lipsitt was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the loving
son of Henry and Emma Cohen Lipsitt;

Whereas, he was a graduate of the William Penn High School, Harvard College, and Harvard
Law School, where he excelled in his studies and crossed paths with some of the brightest
figures of our times, including Joseph Kennedy and Casper Weinberger;

Whereas, he was a patriotic son, interrupting his legal career to serve his country in the
Army of both World War II and the Korean War, fighting in the European theatre for 44
months, earning the rank of First Lieutenant, receiving the bronze star and the campaign
medal;

Whereas, he was a partner in the esteemed firm of Shelly, Reynolds & Lipsitt, a solicitor for
the Sheriff of Dauphin County, an Eagle Scout and staunch supporter of the Boy Scouts of
America (at one time President of the Keystone Area Council) as well as other community
and civic organizations, and a man of deep and abiding faith;

Whereas, he was appointed to the bench on June 22, 1965 by then-Governor William Scranton,
elected thereto in November of that year, retained in every election thereafter, and during
his years on the bench conducted some of the most famous trials in Dauphin County history,
including the infamous ‘666’ lottery fix trial (which was made into a movie), the Jay Smith
murder trial (which was recounted in a best-selling novel and TV movie), and early Three
Mile Island litigation;

Whereas, upon his retirement in 1986, he continued to serve Dauphin County and the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Senior Judge, traveling throughout the Commonwealth
to wherever his services were needed, until his eighty-fifth birthday;



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Whereas, throughout his legal career he earned and kept the esteem and respect of the
bench, bar, and community for his legal scholarship, work ethic, vision, wit, gentility, and
compassion; and was well known for his personal charm, marvelous sense of humor, love of
literature, art, theatre, and good conversation;

Whereas, this dedicated public servant was and is even more dedicated to his beloved wife,
the former May Yarowsky Miller, whom he married on October 18, 1972; serving as a loving
parent to May’s children (James, Steven, David, Richard) and as a devoted grandparent to
12 grandchildren;

Therefore, We, the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Past and
Present, do hereby salute the Honorable William W. Lipsitt for his years of dedicated service
to the bench, bar, and citizens of the County and Commonwealth, and wish him many more
years of health and happiness.

Given At Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by the undersigned, all of whom have appended their
names and subscribed this Proclamation, the Second Day of August, 2006.

In Witness Whereof:




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                KITEFEST
                                                                             “Flying Color” by Jo Neal. Located
                                                                             on Market Street, in Harrisburg, and
                                                                             sponsored by the Kirchhoff Family.




         In the summer of 2006, the Whitaker Center brought KiteFest to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Regional
artists, including our own Tammi Rodman from the Dauphin County Print Shop and Kelly Aldridge from
Court Administration, participated in creating kites to display around the Harrisburg/Hershey area. The Dauphin
County Commissioners were one of many Block Patrons; they also sponsored some of the kites shown throughout
this report.

        On its website, Whitaker Center eloquently answers the question, “Why kites?” with: “Throughout
history, kites have made significant contributions to the arts and sciences. Kites are a quintessential part of
many cultures: as American as Benjamin Franklin and Charlie Brown, as ancient and exotic as Chinese dragon
kites, and as fierce as Afghan fighting kites. They have inspired dreams of flight since da Vinci’s time and
helped to build the mathematical scaffold that launched the Wright Brothers and put astronauts into outer
space.”

      Throughout this report, you will find photographs of some of the more than 270 kites that hung from
lampposts or the 22 that stood as sculptures in the downtown Harrisburg/Hershey area.




                                                                “Middletown; Our Town” by Stacey Miller and
                                                                sponsored by the Dauphin County Commissioners.
                                                                Located at Front and Market Streets, Harrisburg.




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                                ADULT PROBATION – WORK RELEASE
Report from Terry L. Davis, Director

       The major function of this office is the direct supervision of all aspects of community release for those
found guilty of criminal conduct. We do so by utilizing programs within the department, community resources,
and Human Services agencies. Dauphin County is considered a leader in supervision and enforcement of all
conditions of community release. We have a team of probation officers assigned to each judge. These teams
coordinate the level of supervision based on court orders, offender’s history, and risk to the community. Each
unit has an intake staff person who is responsible for preparing the 202 pre-sentence investigations, the 684
parole investigations, and processing over 4,600 offenders with the rules and conditions of supervision. We
employ maximum supervision for high risk/repeating offenders and minimum supervision for offenders who
have taken the right paths.

      Our specialized supervision programs include sex offender, mental health, electronic monitoring, the
DUI program, and the 360-bed work release program. We also provide services to Upper Dauphin County
through our sub-office in the Millersburg Municipal Building.

                                2006 WAS A NOTEWORTHY YEAR FOR ADULT PROBATION:

         Our total collection for the year was over $5.5 million dollars, one of the highest collection rates in the
       state – a testament to the probation officers who work evenings, weekends, and some holidays with non-
       cooperative clientele to ensure the community is protected. We are proud of the dedication and superior
       work that our probation officers do on a daily basis.

        The Weed and Seed program in Harrisburg is an ongoing community service program that assists in
       various ways with neighborhood cleanups.

         The staff is committed to the Power Shift Police Program, which pairs probation officers with police
       officers on patrol.

         We are utilizing new technology by acquiring three new programs that will assist us in monitoring
       offenders and data.

         We incorporated new programs for the supervision of high-risk offenders, particularly the sex offenders
       to insure they are getting treatment as well as being monitored.

         This was the first full year utilizing the Common Pleas Case Management System (CPCMS), the statewide
       docketing system developed by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC). Our staff
       labored hard to make it work despite the glitches that are commonplace when implementing new
       programs.

         3,663 new photographs were taken that will be entered into the statewide J-NET system for criminal
       justice programs.

         248 DNA tests of offenders under our supervision were completed.




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         Also completed were 1,020 CRN tests on drunk drivers that have come into our system.

        Two noteworthy events occurred on December 30, 2006 with the retirements of Edna Gensel, a 27-year
       employee in our ARD program, and PO II Donald Davis, one of the first work release employees hired.

         The total number of offenders under supervision on 12/31/2006 is as follows:

       Probation                             1,700
       Parole                                1,374
       Intermediate Punishment                 865
       ARD / non DUI                           216
       ARD / DUI                               504

         The average caseload per field agent at the end of this year was 77.



                                                 WORK RELEASE

        The Dauphin County work release program began operating in 1996. It is a 24/7 operation that has 360
beds available for offenders. This program is designed to prepare offenders to live successfully in the community.
Every person must have employment and we encourage part-time work as well. The program assists in teaching
responsibility to family and self by working and following rules that are clearly defined for each offender. The
offenders pay rent, purchase all their own food, and pay their transportation/medical/clothing costs. While
the offender is in the work release center, they also pay on their fines and cost, restitution, and child support.
The offenders also assist in routine maintenance of the work release property.

         During 2006, we put a record number of offenders in the program - 1,344 and averaged almost 321
       residents a day.

        The residents completed a total of 6,235 hours of community service to many non-profit organizations
       here in Dauphin County.



                                                     DRUG TESTING

        Urine testing of offenders: this office conducts urine testing for various agencies including our own Adult
Probation (15,956) and Work Release (4,809), Children & Youth (2,353), Juvenile Probation (556), Pre-Trial Services
(1,640), Daystar (65), and Woodside (9). The average cost per test was $3.62. Our two lab technicians do an
excellent job ensuring chain of custody and enforcement of other legal issues. A total of $91,967.72 was spent for
25,388 tests.




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                           ADULT PROBATION/WORK RELEASE BUDGET/REVENUE 2006

                            ADULT PROBATION                    WORK RELEASE              TOTAL
Budget:                       $5,481,192                       $3,426,412                 $8,907,604
Expenditure:                  $5,301,517                       $3,154,139                 $8,455,656
Under Budget:                                                                             $ 451,948

Adult Probation Revenues:       $1,337,259
Work Release Revenue:           $1,205,761
Commissary:                     $ 137,085

TOTAL REVENUE:                  $ 2,680,105 (31.7% of the expended budget)


        Work release also collected $228,709 in child support and $27,853 for other county agencies.

        This office also collected $431,439 in court fines, costs, and restitution from work release residents
       while in the program.


                                    ADULT PROBATION/WORK RELEASE STAFF

Director                                         3 Deputy Directors                       10 Unit Supervisors
Accountant                                       Maintenance Supervisor                   Clerical Supervisor
13 clerical staff                                55 Field Probation Officers              2 Lab Technicians
36 Work Release Probation Officers               Assistant Job Coordinator                CRN Coordinator
Work Force Coordinator                           Assistant Maintenance staff




                                                               Picture courtesy of Dauphin County Sheriff Jack Lotwick.
            “Lots of Dots II” by Patrick                   From left to right: Sheriff Mike Klinger with Titan, Sheriff
     Gorman and sponsored by Sacunas-Stoessel.             Scott Shaeffer with Fallow, and Sheriff Gerry Miller with
                                                           Diesel. These dogs patrol the Dauphin County Court House.




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                                        BUREAU OF FINES AND COSTS

Report from Mariann T. Lawrence, Director

        Collection of court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution are the direct responsibility of Adult Probation;
however, this bureau functions as the receiving, accounting, and disbursing unit for these monies. The bureau
also collects restitution and electronic monitoring fees in juvenile cases. There are two valuable account clerks,
Marie Young and Jamie Moon, to assist.

        The year 2006 marked the one-year anniversary of Dauphin County going live on the statewide docketing
system, Common Pleas Case Management System (CPCMS). Our bureau continues to adjust to the constant
modifications that challenge us with this new system. The future will continue to bring new challenges as other
county offices move away from their current methods and develop their own systems. These multiple systems
will make it much more difficult to get the information we require. This office is also responsible for adding
restitution, assessments on juvenile cases, and collecting and disbursing all money collected including the state
and county reports; we are responsible for the escrow on summary appeal cases and after sentencing, applying
the escrow or issuing a refund.

       The County, as a whole, continues to do better than our counterparts do across the state. My staff and I
look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us.


        Collection history:

        1997 - $3,304,146
        1998 - $3,822,141
        1999 - $4,530,372
        2000 - $4,680,854
        2001 - $4,292,197
        2002 - $4,502,642
        2003 - $5,070,226
        2004 - $5,551,572
        2005 - $5,424,358
        2006 - $5,578,085




                                                                      “First Strike” by Paula Hess Stahl
                                                                       and sponsored by M & T Bank.
                                                                          Located on Market Square.




  From left to right: Mariann T. Lawrence, Director;
  Jamie Moon, account clerk (missing Marie Young).




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                                        COURT ADMINISTRATION

Report from Carolyn C. Thompson, Esquire, District Court Administrator

The Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas consists of:

   ♦ Eight judges each with a judicial assistant, law clerk, court reporter, and court crier.
   ♦ The district court administrator with a support staff of four deputies, one asbestos attorney, two paralegals,
     two clerks, three administrative assistants, one information technology specialist, one jury administrator,
     and one secretary.
   ♦ One administrative assistant and a ‘floater’ court reporter in the official court reporters office.

The Court also includes:

   ♦   16 Magisterial District Judges and staff
   ♦   4 Senior Magisterial District Judges
   ♦   Adult Probation Office
   ♦   Bureau of Fines and Costs
   ♦   Domestic Relations Office
   ♦   Juvenile Probation Office
   ♦   Law Library

       The Court has oversight of approximately 400 staff and administers
       a budget that exceeds $32 million dollars, as outlined below:

DEPARTMENT                           2006 BUDGET            2006 EXPENDITURES                OVER/ (UNDER)
Courts                               $4,881,864              $4,661,662                     ($270,202)
Magisterial District Judges          $6,008,981              $5,455,563                     ($553,418)
Adult Probation/Work Release         $8,990,090              $8,827,524                     ($162,566)
Bureau of Fines and Costs              $213,758              $228,328                       $14,570
Domestic Relations                   $6,624,356              $6,874,029                     $249,673
Juvenile Probation                   $4,951,409              $4,510,613                     ($440,796)
Law Library                            $428,325              $454,736                       $26,411
TOTALS:                             $32,098,783              $31,012,455                   ($1,086,328)

        The year 2006 marked the first full year with the Honorable Richard A. Lewis as President Judge. We
started the year with the re-Inauguration of the Honorable Lawrence F. Clark, Jr., Judge and Magisterial District
Judges Michael J. Smith and Barbara A. Pianka. Ceremonial sessions of court were held in Courtroom 1, with a
reception afterwards in the refurbished Lawyers Lounge.

        It was an interesting and productive year, with focus spent on working out bugs in the statewide Common
Pleas Case Management System (CPCMS). Troy Petery and his criminal court staff were instrumental in keeping
this system humming in Dauphin County. The system was problematic during the initial phase but as time
passed, we were able to adjust to the quirks of the system and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
(AOPC) fine-tuned its programming. The entire Commonwealth is now on
the system so the AOPC teams that were installing the system throughout the state are able to focus on improving
its workability.



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        The civil side experienced some growth in technology by beginning exploration into e-filing possibilities.
A study group visited the Third Circuit in Scranton, where Judge Thomas Vanaskie, Chief Judge, demonstrated
the federal e-filing system that has garnered much enthusiasm from the federal bar. Civil e-filing in Dauphin
County is still in its conceptual stage; however, we did implement a system to facilitate e-service for asbestos
cases. This system enables counsel in asbestos cases to retrieve dockets from Lexis/Nexis and to serve each
other electronically, saving significant money and resources that would be incurred using traditional service.
We expanded court access to scanned civil documents; now virtually every court employee can view all docketed
filings on his or her desktop. It is hoped that this will save time and money—not to mention issues with
misplaced files. Deborah S. Freeman, Esquire, Deputy District Court Administrator for civil matters, did a great
job as point person on this project.

        After months of discussion with courthouse staff and the Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA) and
with the blessing of President Judge Richard A. Lewis, a Self-Help Center was created and is currently housed in
the county law library. This center assists the self-represented litigant by providing forms and instructions for
a nominal fee. It has been extremely well received since its inception. We are proud to be able to provide this
service to the citizens of Dauphin County. See feature story in this report.

        Our jury work took on new dimensions in 2006. The courts took over scheduling/management of jurors,
clerks, and tipstaff. While the court had always summoned the jurors, the actual day-to-day handling of them
during court weeks had been done by the Prothonotary and/or Clerk of Court. To handle the transferred
responsibility President Judge Richard A. Lewis named Joseph A. Cherry as our ‘Jury Administrator’. It was a
big year for Joe, taking on these new responsibilities, and he did not stop there. He spearheaded procurement
of a computerized jury system that will bring Dauphin County into the 21st century. That system will be
implemented mid-2007 and we look forward to a report from Mr. Cherry to be included in next year’s annual
report.

       The Orphans’ Court/Register of Wills office gained long-needed technology this year with the
implementation of a computerized docketing system for its filings. Even adoptions are to be included in this
system. Barbara Lundgren, Deputy District Court Administrator for Orphans’ Court, and the Honorable Todd
A. Hoover, Orphans’ Court Judge, provided significant support during all phases of this project.

        No report would be complete without a brief mention as to the renovation status of our courthouse.
Work began last year on the second floor District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s have been temporarily housed in
the Veterans’ Building located directly across from the courthouse; they are looking forward to returning to
their offices sometime during the middle of 2007. Additionally, the courts began work on restoring furnishings
in the Jury Assembly Room. New seating was originally part of the courthouse renovations that took place a few
years ago, but budget restraints prevented the purchase of new furnishings. This year we began refinishing the
150 juror chairs that were probably original to the courthouse. The chairs themselves were remarkably preserved
and with some sanding and re-padding, they appear new. As an aside, on April 17, 2006, the General Assembly
declared Juror Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania from May 1 – 7, 2006. Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy said, “Juror
service – along with voting – are two of the more significant and important civic duties Pennsylvanians can take
part in. Jury service can be an experience of a lifetime and a fundamental illustration of the American form of
justice at work.”

      The court and court employees continue to work hard to improve all services provided to the citizens of
Dauphin County. It is our goal to assist the public in the successful use of our court system through prompt,
productive, and professional service.




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                                                  CIVIL COURT

Report from Deborah S. Freeman, Esquire, Deputy District Court Administrator - Civil

       The civil court administrator is responsible for the preparation of the civil
jury trial list and the assignment of cases for trial during the civil jury terms, the
monitoring of custody cases, the administration of petitions and motions, the
assignment of non-jury hearings, and requests for conferences.

                              ARBITRATION HEARINGS

        The Board of Arbitration conducts hearings once a month. Three (3)
attorneys serve on each board with one serving as the chairperson. Dauphin County
Local Rule 1301 provides that all actions in which the amount in controversy is
$35,000 or less are to be submitted to the Board of Arbitration. The only exceptions are cases that involve title to
real estate. The following chart represents the disposition of cases by the Board of Arbitration.

                                              ARBITRATION STATISTICS




        Fourteen of the 77 arbitration awards were appealed; therefore, 81.82% of the cases heard reached a
final disposition before the Boards of Arbitration




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                                                ASBESTOS LITIGATION

        Dauphin County has an inventory of 434 asbestos cases. Part-time Asbestos Attorney Elaine Blass worked
to organize this inventory of cases. On April 27, 2006, President Judge Richard A. Lewis issued an administrative
order that charged court administration together with the asbestos oversight judge, the Honorable Lawrence F.
Clark, Jr., to implement a process to schedule and resolve the pending asbestos cases.

      A ‘global’ status conference was held on June 1, 2006 before Judge Lawrence F. Clark, Jr. where over one
hundred attorneys attended.

        On September 11, 2006, at the suggestion of counsel, President Judge Richard A. Lewis and Judge Lawrence
F. Clark, Jr. issued a second administrative order mandating the use of Lexis/Nexis electronic service system.
This has saved counsel and the court considerable time, money, and paper since copies of orders and other
filings are now served electronically.

       Of the 434 inventory of cases, 76 have been assigned to judges.




                                                 CIVIL JURY TRIALS

        There are six sessions of civil jury trials per year. Dauphin County has no backlog of civil cases; once a
case is certified ready for trial, the case will be listed for the next civil court term in accordance with the annual
court calendar. Trial lists, juror lists, and updates about the status of the trial list during the civil court term are
provided to all parties who request to be on our civil email list.




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The chart below compares the number of cases listed for trial on the final trial list for the years 2000-2006.
The chart also contrasts the number of plaintiff verdicts, the number of defense verdicts, and the number
                                 of settlements for these years as well.




      The number of cases listed on the final trial lists for 2005 and 2006 has remained constant but considerably
less than in years 2000-2004. This decrease may be the result of Dauphin County Local Rule 1001 that requires
counsel and pro se parties to certify on the Certificate of Readiness that mediation has been previously pursued
or if mediation has not been pursued that the topic of mediation was discussed by counsel and the parties and
rejected only after good faith consideration. This rule became effective in June 2005.



                                                CIVIL MOTIONS

  All civil motions are filed with the Prothonotary’s Office and forwarded to the District Court Administrator’s
Office for review and assignment. The civil paralegal, Deborah Zook-Tome, logs and reviews all motions. The
motions are forwarded to the “Motions Judge.” The position of “Motions Judge” is rotated on a monthly basis.
976 civil motions were processed by our office and assigned to the “Motions Judge.” There were 1,584 divorces
and motions related to divorce actions handled by the “Motions Judge.” There were 606 uncontested divorces
finalized by the “Motions Judge.”

  THIS GRAPH ILLUSTRATES THE NUMBER OF MOTIONS HANDLED BY THE “MOTIONS JUDGE” FROM 2000-2006.




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        The number of civil motions assigned to the “Motions Judge” continues to be low due to changes to the
Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and Dauphin County Rules of Civil Procedure. Contested motions are assigned
to a judge instead of to the “Motions Judge.”

                                                    CUSTODY

       When a custody complaint, a request for modification, or a petition for contempt is filed, it is immediately
assigned to a custody conference officer. The conference officers meet with the parties, their attorneys and in
some cases, the child, to try to work out a custody agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached during the
conference, the case is assigned to a judge for a hearing.

        This year there were 560 new custody complaints filed and 396 petitions for the modification or contempt
of an existing custody order, a total of 956 cases. Of the 956 cases, 848 cases were referred to the custody
conference officers. 108 stipulations were entered simultaneously with the filing of a custody complaint or
petition for modification. The conference officers resolved 80.07% of the cases.



                   THE FOLLOWING CHART ILLUSTRATES THE DISPOSITION OF CUSTODY CASES
                         ASSIGNED TO THE CONFERENCE OFFICERS FROM 2000-2006




       There were 170 petitions for emergency relief or petitions for special relief filed in 2006. These petitions
are immediately referred to the Honorable Bruce Bratton, Judge who is assigned to handle emergency custody
matters or to the judge who was previously assigned this case (under the court’s one family-one judge policy).




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     THE FOLLOWING CHART ILLUSTRATES THE NUMBER OF PETITIONS FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF OR PETITIONS
                          FOR SPECIAL RELIEF FILED FROM 2000-2006




Deb Zook-Tome, Para-legal in the Civil District         “Azure Delight” kite sculpture at Market
       Court Administrator’s Office.                   Square, Harrisburg. By Mahima Gupta and
                                                         sponsored byPenn National Insurance.




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                                        DIVORCE MASTER PROGRAM

        The divorce masters (see inside back page for a listing of names) conduct hearings and conferences in
cases where parties are unable to reach a resolution on economic issues. Masters also make findings of fact
concerning the date of separation or the issue of indignities. Litigants who are unsatisfied with the master’s
decision may file exceptions to the Divorce Master’s Reports. The matter is then assigned to a judge for a
decision. This year 81 cases were referred to a master. Exceptions were filed in nine (9) of these cases; therefore,
approximately 89% of the cases were resolved by the divorce masters. Frank Sluzis, Esquire and Richard
Druby, Esquire were appointed to share a position; their appointment was effective on January 1, 2006. The
Divorce Masters’ Reports are indexed by the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Family Law Section under the
direction of David Tamanini, Esquire, and are available in the Dauphin County Law Library.




                                          NON-JURY ASSIGNMENTS

        Requests for conferences, hearings, or non-jury trials are directed to the civil court administrator for
assignment. Non-jury assignments include license suspension appeals, minor settlements, applications for
status conferences, discovery conference requests, zoning appeals, non-jury trials, petitions for name changes,
petitions for special relief in divorce, and tax assessment appeals. In addition, contested motions and all
petitions as defined by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are assigned to a judge for disposition. There
were 1,805 non-jury assignments.




                                     PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA)

        The Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) provides counseling to litigants desiring to file a PFA
petition. The PFA petitions are filed with the Prothonotary and submitted to the assigned PFA judge (The
Honorable Joseph H. Kleinfelter). Temporary orders are either granted with a hearing scheduled within ten
days, denied without a hearing, or denied with a hearing scheduled within ten days. Of the 578 petitions filed,
366 temporary petitions were granted, seven (7) petitions were denied without a hearing and 177 temporary
petitions were denied but a hearing was scheduled to determine if a final order was merited. Dauphin County
continues to be a member of the PFAD (Protection From Abuse Database) network. Access is available from
the county law library.

       After VWAP obtains a temporary order, the petitioner is advised of the resources available for legal
representation including Mid Penn Legal Services, the YWCA, and private attorneys.




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                           THE FOLLOWING CHART ILLUSTRATES THE COMPARISON OF
                                 DISPOSITIONS IN PFA CASES IN 2000-2006




       Violations of PFA orders may result in arrest on a charge of Indirect Criminal Contempt. These cases
are presented by the District Attorney’s Office and, on conviction, carry a maximum sentence of up to six
months in jail. This year, 128 Indirect Criminal Contempt Petitions were filed.

                                       TERMINATION OF INACTIVE CASES

        The Prothonotary’s office conducts a review of the civil dockets to determine the cases in which there
has been no docket activity for the previous two (2) years. In 2006, there were 870 cases on the final inactive or
“purge” list. Notices of Proposed Termination are mailed or, where undeliverable, published in the Dauphin
County Reporter. Statements of Intention to Proceed were received in 107 cases. 694 cases were terminated for
inactivity.




                                                           “The Spot 2” by Bryan Molloy and sponsored by
                                                           Rite Aide Corporation. This kite was located on
                                                           the 100 block of North Second Street, Harrisburg.




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                                             CRIMINAL COURT
Report from Troy A. Petery, Deputy District Court Administrator - Criminal

        The criminal division of court administration is ultimately responsible for the efficient operation of the
criminal court system. This is accomplished by ensuring that the caseload is disposed of in a timely manner by
tracking cases as they progress through the system. Cases are received electronically into the Common Pleas
Case Management System (CPCMS) via the magisterial district judge offices with an arraignment date. Upon
arriving for their formal arraignment, defendants are given a court date. The court administrator’s office will
then track the case until a disposition is reached. This office is also responsible for reviewing and assigning all
motions and petitions that are filed, permanently attaching cases to judges for disposition, and the very arduous
task of compiling various criminal related statistics.

        Dauphin County uses a court calendar with 11 court terms. These court terms each last for one week
and it is at that time, we hold our jury trials. All eight judges participate in “court week” – seven conducting
jury and non-jury trials and one judge dedicated to taking guilty pleas. In preparation for court week, court
administration is charged with assigning cases for trial and notifying counsel involved in the cases. There are
approximately 900 cases listed during each court week. As cases are disposed, this office is responsible for
assigning new cases to ensure that we remain productive/operational.

        In addition to the criminal court weeks, Dauphin County also utilizes “miscellaneous court”. Four of
our judge’s hold this court session once per month, they are assigned to take guilty pleas. “Miscellaneous
court” cases are listed a few different ways. If, at the formal arraignment, a defendant is willing to plead
guilty, they will be arraigned directly into “miscellaneous court”. Cases may be continued from court weeks
that are still in the process of plea negotiation into “miscellaneous court” to allow more time for deals to be
finalized.

        DCP Court is conducted at the prison by one judge, on a rotating basis, who is primarily responsible for
taking guilty pleas. Taking guilty pleas directly at the prison has been a tremendous tool; alleviating the need
to transport prisoners to the courthouse for their hearings.

       The final major method in which cases can be disposed is through the ARD Program. ARD (Accelerated
Rehabilitative Disposition) is typically for defendants that are first time, non-violent offenders. These defendants
are usually willing to cooperate with law enforcement and are willing to take responsibility for their actions.
Successful completion of the program allows the offender to have their record expunged from their criminal
history.

                                              CRIMINAL CASELOAD

      Once again, we saw a substantial increase in the number of cases coming to the Dauphin County Court
of Common Pleas. Over the last four years, our caseload has increased by approximately 1,500 cases per year.
                    Among the 11 third class counties in Pennsylvania, Dauphin County ranks:
          Tenth in population;




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             sixth in the number of new cases received;
             in the top third of the number of jury trials and juvenile cases; and

             has the fewest number of judges.

       The court currently has approximately 2,500 cases pending. The goal of this office is to get that number
down to 2,000, which is becoming increasingly difficult with the rise in caseloads, although we continue to try
new methods to dispose of cases in shorter periods. This increased caseload is the primary reason we have
requested additional judges for Dauphin County from the legislature. At our current growth rate, it is a
challenge for our judges to maintain their caseloads.

                        BELOW ARE BASIC STATISTICS TO SHOW THE INCREASE IN OUR CRIMINAL CASELOAD:

                                     2003                    2004                       2005         2006

GUILTY PLEA                       3,307 (68.68%)        3,480 (70.45%)         3,349 (69.74%)       3,715 (71.9%)

ARD                                868 (18.03%)            785 (15.89%)          828 (17.24%)        753 (14.58%)

NOLLE PROSEQUI                     221 (4.59%)             252 (5.10%)           123 (2.56%)           253 (4.90%)
(DISMISSAL)

JURY TRIAL                          94 (1.95%)             115 (2.33%)           108 (2.25%)          97 (1.88%)

NON-JURY TRIAL                      23 (.48%)               33 (.67%)                43 (.90%)         27 (.52%)

SUMMARY APPEALS                    286 (5.94)              236 (4.77)            337 (7.02)           314 (6.08%)

OTHER                               16 (.33%)               39 (.79%)                14 (.29%)          7 (.14%)

TOTALS:                           4,815 (100%)            4,940 (100%)         4,802 (100%)         5166 (100%)

*Total new cases                  4,882                   4,932                5,437                 6,099



                                                      CPCMS

        Developed by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), this complex statewide
computer system set out with the goal of integrating all of the counties in Pennsylvania under one program to
manage criminal caseloads. By the end of 2006, all 67 counties and 548 magisterial district courts in Pennsylvania
were online. Last year it was a constant challenge to fine tune data entry, clean up migrated data, teach new
employees proper procedures, and keep up with the numerous changes that occurred throughout the year.

        The AOPC has recently released some numbers of interest. Dauphin County migrated 152,596 cases
into CPCMS. Of these cases, the oldest case was from 1971. Fixing data issues has become a daily part of the
job. There are always problems, created by glitches, when migrating information from one computer system
into another. This process was not an exception. There are currently between 105 and 120 employees with
access to the system at any one time, and we are extremely pleased with the Dauphin County employees that
play a role in CPCMS. To view statewide case information please go to www.ujsportal.pacourts.us.



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                                   MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

A report from “Colonel” Robert P. Hawley, Deputy District Court Administrator

        2006 was another banner year for the Magisterial District Judges and the court administrative arm
whose responsibility it is to provide administrative and logistical support to sixteen Magisterial District Judge
(MDJ) offices; Central Court, Night Court, and Housing Court along with four Senior Magisterial District
Judges. The 100,000-caseload pinnacle was exceeded by the minor judiciary and staff of the 12th Judicial District
in 2005 when 101,069 cases were docketed. This year 108,190 cases were docketed, an increase of 7,121 filings

           Traffic cases led the docket with 69,417 cases representing an increase of 1,354 more traffic cases
           than the 68,063 traffic cases that were filed in 2005.

           Non-traffic cases decreased by 579 filings, falling from 12,289 in 2005, to 11,710 in 2006.

           Criminal cases increased by 915 cases in 2006 when 9,229 criminal complaints were filed as opposed
           to 8,314 in 2005.

           Private complaint cases increased by 4,490 filings growing from 2,398 filed in 2005 to 6,888 filings in
           2006. This large surge of private complaint filings was primarily due to Capital Area Tax Collection
           Bureau filings initiated after August 1, 2006 in accordance with Administrative Order 06-0619,
           promulgated June 19, 2006.

           Landlord/Tenant cases increased from 5,431 in 2005 to 5,798 in 2006 for a net increase of 367 cases.

            Similarly, the civil caseload increased from 4,574 cases in 2005 to 5,148 cases in 2006 representing
           a civil caseload growth of 574 cases.




                                             JUDICIAL INDUCTIONS

       Dauphin County judicial induction ceremonies were held in courtroom one of the Dauphin County
Courthouse on January 3, 2006 for twelve of our sixteen MDJ’s. President Judge Richard A. Lewis was the
Master of Ceremonies and administered the oath of office to the judges. Of the twelve MDJ’s honored that
day, ten had been re-elected in the November elections while two were elected for the first time.

        The re-elected judges were Magisterial District Judges Joseph H. Solomon, Steven M. Semic, George A.
Zozos, David H. Judy, Marsha C. Stewart, Raymond F. Shugars, Gregory D. Johnson, Roy C. Bridges, Joseph S.
Lindsey, and Rebecca J. Margerum. Judges Michael J. Smith and Barbara W. Pianka were elected for the first
time in the November 2005 election.




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                   “TRANSACTION WINDOW” UPGRADES IN MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT COURTS

        Through the combined efforts of the AOPC and the court administrator’s office, all magisterial district
court “transaction windows” are now more secure. This increased security enhancement improves the level of
safety to all district court staff working the windows throughout the County. An AOPC grant was acquired to
defray the nearly $7,000 cost for the “transaction window” upgrades.

        While the two bulletproof glass windows installed during the construction of the new District Court
12-2-05 cost $4,200, the remaining district courts were upgraded for a cost that was significantly less. Accentz,
a local window treatment vendor, applied 7-mil clear film to 15 district court’s “transaction windows” at an
average cost of $183.90 per office. This application provides bullet resistant windows that are shatterproof.
While admittedly this upgrade is not equivalent to the bulletproof windows in the new county owned District
Court 12-2-05, an equivalent endeavor in non-county owned leased facilities is cost prohibitive.


                                       METAL SECURITY BENCHES PLACED IN MDJ

         In early 2006, the AOPC Judicial Security Department advocated installation of some equipment in
MDJ offices that would provide a means of securing in-custody defendants. To that end, they offered a grant
of up to $100 per district court to upgrade this capability. After surveying all of magisterial district courts’
current capabilities, researching and pricing available mechanisms, this office contracted with Pennsylvania
Prison Industries for metal prisoner security benches for fourteen of the sixteen district courts at an average
cost of about $412 per office. These heavy metal benches will accommodate several prisoners. They are equipped
to both handcuff and shackle multiple prisoners in a sitting position on the bench.



                                  NEW MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT COURT OFFICE




                              Britt A. Kelley, Administrative Assistant II, and Robert P. Hawley,
                              Court Administrator for MDJ’s congratulate each other on the
                              completion of MDC 12-2-05.




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       Finally, Magisterial District Court 12-2-05 (pictured on page 25) opened on August 1, 2006 at 1300
Rolleston Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Construction bids had been opened on July 29, 2005 for the
construction of the fourth Dauphin County owned MDJ office intended to house Magisterial District Judge
LaVon A. Postelle and a staff of five.

       Shortly thereafter, contracts were let to ECI Construction Company of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, for
$449,700 as the general contractor, Shannon A. Smith, Inc. of Myerstown, Pennsylvania as both the electrical
and plumbing contractor in the amounts of $71,188 and $73,479 respectfully and LOBAR Associates of Dillsburg,
Pennsylvania as the mechanical/HVAC contractor for $58,742. Thus, the initial construction contracts for the
MDJ office, designed by the engineering company of Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Inc. of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, totaled $653,109.

       The beautiful edifice now serves as a benchmark model, and basic blueprint of a secure and functional
magisterial district court. During the first five months of operation, the judge and staff of District Court 12-2-
05 were presented with 2,911 cases for disposition.

       High above the roofline each day waves a flag of the United States of America. This flag was secured
from Congressman Tim Holden as a gift to District Court 12-2-05 after it was flown over the United States
Capital for a day. Similarly, through the cooperation and efforts of Pennsylvania State Representative Ron
Buxton and State Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola, District Court 12-2-05 received the gift of a flag of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. In addition to this flag, a Dauphin County flag, and a flag of the City of Harrisburg are on the
bench. These were gifts to District Court 12-2-05 from the current Board of County Commissioners, Jeffrey T.
Haste, Dominic D. DiFrancesco, II, George P. Hartwick, III, and Harrisburg City Mayor Steven R. Reed
respectfully.

       The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Magisterial District Court 12-2-05 was held on Friday,
September 29, 2006. Judge Lawrence F. Clark, Jr. served as Master of Ceremonies due to the unavailability of
President Judge Richard A. Lewis. Numerous county employees along with state and federal dignitaries
attended.




       Magisterial District Judge LaVon A. Postelle’s courtroom.   A settee located in the lobby of Magisterial District
                                                                   Judge LaVon A. Postelle’s office.




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                                   MDJ OFFICES RECEIVE OFFICE FURNISHINGS

        This year, many of the MDJ offices received office furniture and/or equipment sorely needed. Night
court received a fresh paint job throughout the courtroom, office area, and lounge. The courtroom also was
adorned with wood paneling, a new judge’s desk, chair, counsel table, and video conference computer.

       Magisterial District Judge LaVon A. Postelle’s new office was entirely furnished with all required
equipment and office furniture along with a new security alarm system and electronic prisoner door control
and external communication device.

        Magisterial District Court Judge Michael J. Smith’s building received a fresh interior paint job, new
plastering, some electrical upgrades, new carpeting and tile work, new blinds, an office sign, as well as
exterior sidewalk and parking lot upgrades.

      During the past two years, a significant effort has been made to address the numerous deficiencies,
which have existed for some time throughout most of the county’s minor judiciary office inventory. We are
hopeful that we will be able to continue to address these matters in years to come.




Bottom Row, Left to Right: President Judge Richard A. Lewis, MDJ Steven M. Semic, MDJ Joseph S. Solomon, MDJ Roy C.
Bridges, MDJ Raymond F. Shugars, MDJ LaVon A. Postelle, MDJ David H. Judy, Esq., MDJ Marsha C. Stewart, MDJ Robert
Jennings, III and Britt A. Kelley, Administrative Assistant II
Top Row, Left to Right: MDJ Joseph S. Lindsey, MDJ Rebecca J. Margerum, Esq., MDJ Barbara W. Pianka, MDJ Gregory D.
Johnson, Sr. MDJ Edward Williams, Sr. MDJ William Rathfon, MDJ Michael J. Smith, MDJ William C. Wenner, Sr. MDJ Bob
Yanich and Robert P. Hawley, Deputy District Court Administrator for Magisterial District Judges




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MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE SYSTEM: TWELFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
         YEAR 2004/2005/2006 STATISTICAL SUMMARY




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                             ORPHANS’ COURT

A report from Barbara Lundgren, Deputy District Court Administrator

       After much anticipation, on June 1, 2006, the new LANDEX computer
system began to fully automate the Register of Wills and on December 1, 2006,
the Orphans’ Court. As with any new system, there are “bugs”, but the design
team at LANDEX has been wonderful and has made the transition as smooth
as possible. A public terminal is now available to search dockets that are not
secured by statute or by order of court.

        On July 7, 2006, Governor Rendell signed into law Act 96 which amended Section 2908 of the
Pennsylvania Adoption Act and it became effective September 5, 2006. The amendment provided that when
a child is adopted in conformity with the laws of a foreign country, the adopting parent(s) may register the
foreign adoption with the clerk of the Orphans’ Court division of the court of common pleas in which the
adopting parent(s) reside.

       The parent(s) must first complete and file with the Orphans’ Court a foreign adoption registration
form that is reviewed by the court. If all requirements of the Act have been met, the court will issue an
order to direct the clerk of the Orphans’ Court to enter the proceedings on the docket. The Foreign Adoption
Decree is then considered a full and final decree, enforceable as if entered pursuant to the Pennsylvania
Adoption Act, and a Pennsylvania birth certificate can be obtained. No hearing is required.

      If the requirements are not met, the court will issue a denial order and the adopting parent(s) must
proceed with a re-adoption petition to finalize the adoption and a hearing must be held.

       In October, the Honorable Todd A. Hoover, approached the Dauphin County Bar Association
(DCBA) regarding the use of attorneys under its ‘pro bono program’ to help with court guardianship
monitoring. Attorneys would become the “eyes and ears” for the court to assure that incapacitated persons
are not being neglected, or victims of elder abuse, both personally and financially.

       Currently, the deputy district court administrator for Orphans’ Court is assigned to monitor and
review the 283 active cases for the required annual reports; she also sets hearings on those that are delinquent.
Any irregularities are brought to the attention of Judge Todd A. Hoover.

       The ‘pro bono program’ will be managed by the deputy district court administrator, Orphans’
Court, and all assignments will originate from there. Each attorney will be given approximately 2-3 cases
per year for management. The monitoring will involve visiting the incapacitated person and guardian,
reviewing the guardians required annual reports, and submitting to the court a report on forms provided
to them.

        The DCBA Board approved the proposed program in November 2006 and an April 4, 2007 training
session has been set. This will be a six-month pilot project and adjustments will be made as needed.




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                                                    ESTATES

Accounts filed by Executors, Administrators, Trustees and Guardians                         76

Small Estates ($25,000 or less)                                                             11

TOTAL DECREES OF DISTRIBUTION:                                                              87

                                  PETITIONS FILED AND DISPOSITIONS MADE

Sale of Real Estate                                                                           9

Appoint Guardian of the Estate and/or Person of a Minor                                     15

Approval of Settlement of Minor’s Claims (those filed in Orphans’ Court)                    20

Other Miscellaneous Petitions (i.e. Remove Personal Representative,
      Withdraw As Counsel, Election Against Will, Special Needs
      Trusts, Trust Termination, Substitute Trustee/Guardian, Compel
      Accounting, Wrongful Death/Survival, Invade Principal,
      Disclaimers, Revoke Letters, Bond Approval, Purchase Real Estate,
      Status Conference                                                                    185

        A function of the Orphans’ Court is to monitor the requirements of Pa. O.C.R. 5.6 Notice to Beneficiaries
and Intestate Heirs and the Pa. O.C.R. 6.12 Status Report by Personal Representative.

               Pa. O.C.R. 5.6 Delinquent Notices Sent                                      315
               Pa. O.C.R. 5.6 Sanction Hearings Required                                     4
               Pa. O.C.R. 6.12 Delinquent Notices Sent                                     388
               Pa. O.C.R. 6.12 Sanction Hearings Required                                   11

                           GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS – INCAPACITATED PERSONS

Number of Guardianship Petitions Presented                                               26
Emergency Guardians Appointed                                                             7
*Permanent Guardians Appointed                                                           17
Guardians Discharged                                                                     42
Adjudication of Full Capacity                                                             0
Independent Medical Evaluations                                                           0
Court Appointed Counsel                                                                   6
Fees Paid to Counsel – None (all appointed guardians were paid from the assets of the incapacitated person’s
estate).

*Includes cases carried over from 2005




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                                                ADOPTIONS
                             FILED                         * DECREED                 WITHDRAWN/DISMISSED

Adoptions                    124                              109                             1
Relinquishments/
Terminations                 191                              174                             1

*These numbers include cases filed in 2005 and decreed in 2006.

              There were 45 contested involuntary termination cases. Two (2) are currently on appeal.

               There were $14,507.88 paid in counsel fees for representation of parents in contested
              involuntary terminations.

            Miscellaneous Petitions (i.e. Publication, Appoint Counsel, Withdraw Petitions,
       Amend Decrees, Request Copy of Final Decree) – total 83

              Adult adoptee requests for non-identifying information: Four (4)

                                         MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

              Gestational Carrier                                                              3

              Marriage License Three Day Waiting Period Waiver                               29




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                                          DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Report from Kim S. Robison, Director

                             Mission Statement of the Domestic Relations Office

      Our mission is to serve the public by providing child and spousal support services as authorized by
law and local rules of the court.
      We will establish, modify, and enforce orders of support and provide support collection services for
children and families in an effective and efficient manner, making prudent use of public resources.
       We will perform our duties with honor and professionalism and treat our clients with respect and
dignity.

                                   REVISED SUPPORT INFORMATION BOOKLET

         The Honorable Jeannine Turgeon worked closely with domestic relations management to revise and
expand the support information booklet for easier, client friendly usage. Judge Turgeon dedicated numerous
hours during the revision process and offered a wealth of informative guidance while collaborating on this
project. We are thankful for her continual support and commitment. The booklet is given to all clients at their
initial interview/support conference.

                                                   A NEW UNIT

        In March 2006, a locate unit was created to find demographic and identifying information on some of our
most difficult cases. The unit consists of Supervisor Andrea Johnson, who has 27 years of service with our
office, and two clerical staff. This unit accesses multiple “locate sources” to obtain new information and to
ensure that the information is sufficient to take the case to the appropriate step in support processing. The locate
unit has worked over 1,800 cases and gathered valuable information to establish and enforce support orders.

                                     INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM

        On February 8, 2006, our office piloted the PACSES Interactive Voice Response System (IVR). The IVR is a
centralized call manager that allows direct interaction with clients. Clients can receive general support
information, specific Dauphin County Domestic Relations Office (DRO) operational information, and specific
case information. The information obtained through the IVR is the same information available on the child
support website. This allows clients to receive up-to-date information on their support case(s).

                    Enhanced features of this new phone system give clients the ability to:

         Retrieve upcoming scheduled events (conferences, hearings, et cetera).

         Leave messages for DRO workers that are captured and sent through email.

         Listen to their case information regardless of the county in which the case was filed.

          More features are expected in 2007.




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                                       EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

        Over the past year, DRO implemented an early intervention program (EIP). EIP’s purpose is to change
the trend of the first month support payments not being paid and to prevent the accumulation of unpaid
support. In the first month after establishing a new order or modifying an existing order, conference and
enforcement officers will monitor the support case for payments. These officers will then initiate the proper
actions to ensure the collection of payments. DRO believes that the proactive approach of monitoring cases in
the early stages of a support order increases collections and reduces unpaid support.

                                            VIDEO CONFERENCING

        Beginning July 2006, video conferencing permitted domestic relations capias court incarcerated
defendants to participate in their court proceedings without leaving the prison. This technology allows the
judge and DRO court staff to conduct court from the courthouse and permits the public defender to present
cases for the defendants in a designated area at the county prison. Video conferencing eliminates the need for
the sheriff’s office to transport defendants to the courthouse and ensures the defendants appear in court within
the required 72 hours.

                                         CAPIAS AMNESTY PROGRAM

        In our ever-continuing effort to collect support and work with clients to comply with their support
orders, DRO offered a capias amnesty program. The amnesty program’s purpose is to lift domestic relations
arrest warrants in exchange for a good faith payment from the defendant. The capias amnesty program was held
September 11, 2006 through September 15, 2006. The program was available to any defendant who had an
arrest warrant for support issued by Dauphin County.

           During this program, 116 defendants participated in amnesty and resulted in the following:

                                 147 arrest warrants were vacated.
                                 $16,774 in collections.
                                 62 income attachments were issued.
                                 17 automatic bank withdrawals were established.

       The amnesty program provided plaintiffs the benefit of support payments and provided defendants
the avoidance of potential incarceration by complying with their support orders.


                                           CAPIAS PUBLISHING LIST

        In November 2006, Judge Jeannine Turgeon took another proactive approach in using the media to
collect and enforce child support orders. With the Court’s approval, our office began sending defendant
names to the media for publication. These defendants had an outstanding child support arrest warrant due to
their failure to appear at contempt court or at the work release center. Public notification of child support
arrest warrants through the media was a first in our county. The defendant names are updated monthly on the
Dauphin County website (www.dauphincounty.org) and provided to the Patriot News for publication. Excluded
from publication are the defendant names who are incarcerated, hospitalized, or not working for documented
medical reasons. Thus far, we have published defendant names with arrest warrants issued in October,
November, and December 2006. Through this new process, we have been contacted by third parties providing
usable information as well as defendants themselves attempting to resolve the arrest warrant and become
compliant with their support obligation.




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                                               COLLECTIONS

        DRO collected more than $2.8 million in support for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or
welfare cases. For non-TANF cases, this office collected more than $41.4 million. This office also collected
$985,934 for children in placement through Dauphin County Social Services. To assist with collections, the
courts scheduled 42 contempt court dates and 23 appeal court dates.




                     THROUGH VARIOUS ENFORCEMENT REMEDIES, THE DRO COLLECTED:

                      $ 1,380,693 - IRS offset.
                      $ 129,395 - State income tax offset.
                      $ 1,034,602 - Unemployment compensation.
                      $32,652,775 - Wage attachments.
                      $ 2,305,936 - Out-of-state enforcement.
                      $ 150,270 - Financial Institution Data Match program.
                      $ 7,585,496 - Collection from other sources (purges, self-employed payments,
                    court costs, genetic testing fees, defendants’ voluntary payments, workers’
                    compensation, and personal injury).

      Pennsylvania State Constables served 173 personal services. Effective service of process has improved
support order establishment and enforcement activities.

      The Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office served 292 arrest warrants and other agencies served 466 arrest
warrants that ordered non-paying defendants to appear before the court.


                                          APPEALS STATISTICS 2006

  Number of appeals filed           392                           Withdrawn in court                   12
  Appeal hearings scheduled         436                           Orders changed                       98
  Hearings rescheduled/continued     76                           Agreements                           38
  Appeals withdrawn                  45                           Cases court took under advisement     8
  Appeals heard                     315                           Cases continued generally            11
  Denied/dismissed                  113                           Cases remanded for conference         6
  Administrative orders              29




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                              JUVENILE PROBATION
Report from Stephen J. Suknaic, Director

           Mission Statement of the Dauphin County Juvenile Probation Office

        The mission of the Dauphin County Juvenile Probation Office is to rehabilitate
juvenile offenders by providing programs, services, and supervision designed to promote
community protection, accountability for juvenile offenders, and competency development
by juvenile offenders. The framework for this Balanced and Restorative Justice includes
due process for juvenile offenders, the availability of juvenile programs and resources, the
provision of rights and services for victims of juvenile crime, and the budgetary resources.

       The year 2006 was our second year with the Honorable John F. Cherry as
Juvenile Court Judge. This office is extremely appreciative of the judicial leadership and support of Judge
Cherry during this very busy and challenging year. The employees worked hard and smart under Judge
Cherry’s direction to achieve the legislatively mandated goals of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ):
accountability, community protection, and competency development by juvenile offenders. The highlights of
this work are as follows:

    (1)     This year there were more “gun crimes” committed by juveniles in Dauphin County than any other
            previous year on record. There were 88 juvenile gun crime arrests by police that were referred to
            the Juvenile Probation Office (JPO). This more than doubled the 2005 total of 41 such arrests. This
            total of 88 does NOT include the dozens of 15, 16, and 17 year old offenders who were “direct filed”
            as adults (arrested as adults as required by law) into the adult criminal justice system for gun crimes!

    (2)     There were 1,544 juveniles arrested by the local police (including 152 probation violators) and
            subsequently referred to the JPO. This is a 7.7% increase over the total of 1,433 juveniles in 2005. It
            is the second highest total on record. The all-time high was 1,593 juveniles in 2003.

    (3)     Those 1,544 juveniles committed 4,069 crimes (including 152 probation violations). This is a 1%
            increase over the 4,030 crimes committed in 2005.

    (4)     Our use of electronic monitoring increased significantly and averaged 109 units/”day in use”. More
            importantly, 85% of the 620 juveniles successfully completed their term on electronic monitoring
            without technical violation or arrest for a new crime. The JPO also collected $69,381 in user fees for
            this program.

    (5)     The operations budget (excluding all grants) for the Juvenile Probation Office was $4,318,701. This
            office ended the year spending $4,065,720, which was 5.9% under budget for the year.

    (6)     Continuing the trend of the past four years, during FY 2005-2006, there was a 6.2% decrease for
            institutional and community based services for juvenile offenders to $16,905,241 compared to
            $18,031,080 during the previous fiscal year. These funds are part of the Children and Youth Agency
            budget but they are spent because of the delinquency court decisions and court orders of the Juvenile
            Court Judge.




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(7)      Under the supervision of various community agencies and the juvenile probation officers, the juvenile
         probationers completed 65,981 hours of community service in all sectors of Dauphin County.
         Community service was completed for churches, schools, non-profit organizations, and many
         government agencies. During the summer, these probationers completed approximately 4,000 hours
         of landscaping for the senior citizens of the County who could not physically and financially care
         for their own properties. In December a tornado devastated portions of Halifax causing several
         millions of dollars in damage. For an entire week, a team of juvenile probationers assisted with the
         clean-up efforts. These efforts allowed the juvenile probationers to “pay back” the community, in
         part, for the serious crimes that they committed.

(8)      County juvenile probation officers collected approximately $80,000 in restitution from juvenile
         probationers. Given the limited financial resources of juveniles, this is quite an accomplishment!
         This restitution was then restored to the citizens who were victims of auto theft, burglary, assault,
         robbery, and other crimes committed by juveniles. This amount is an accurate estimate but not a
         precise figure due to the court’s new automated data system (CPCMS).

(9)      There was a significant expansion of our police/probation partnership programs during 2006. We
         now have teams of probation officers and police officers from nearly every local police department
         in Dauphin County working to help provide community protection and accountability for juveniles
         on probation. In this process drugs, weapons, and other contraband are confiscated from juvenile
         probationers on a regular basis.

(10)     The JPO, and Children and Youth Agency held their Fifth Annual Employee Recognition Day at City
         Island on October 10, 2006. Awards were presented to employees and community partners, and
         there were team-building exercises to promote the very important relationship between these two
         agencies.

                                The following were the award recipients for JPO:

      Andrew Kerstetter                    Brian Walker                  Brandon Bellinger
      Autumn Farkas                        Chris Seiler                  Donna Bowman
      Chris Hakel                          Jeffrey Woollam




                                                              “Susquehannanock Memory” by Betsy Oberheim
                                                              located on Market Street in Harrisburg, PA and
                                                              sponsored by Block Patron the Dauphin County
                                                              Commissioners.




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                                                     LAW LIBRARY
Report from Tracey E. McCall, Law Librarian

                                                   Law Library Mission

         The library mission is to acquire, store, retrieve, disseminate, and preserve legal information. The law library was
created and is maintained, by law, to meet the informational needs of its patrons. Information and research are the
lifeblood of legal practice and education. The library applies basic standards such as referencing, cataloging, and acquisitions
to achieve our mission. We are committed to sound financial management and to the continued advancement and
modernization of the library.

        The law library was established by Act 62 in 1865 and is currently located on the fourth floor of the
courthouse. We maintain approximately 35,000 volumes and seven computer terminals to provide free, equal
access, and quality service to judges, attorneys, government employees, paralegals, students, and the citizens
of Dauphin County.

       Seven computers are provided to access LEXIS, Westlaw, other legal information web sites, PFAD
(Protection from Abuse Database), the card catalog, and the Self Help Center forms and instructions (see more
information on the Self Help Center elsewhere in this report). The law library houses Divorce Masters’ Reports,
which are indexed by David Taminini, Esquire.

       The library is open to the public during normal courthouse hours
and to members of the legal profession 24 hours a day/seven days a
week. The staff is eager to assist patrons to enhance their legal research.
We provided quality service on approximately 4205 occasions during
calendar year 2006.

        More information is available on the Dauphin County website
(http://www.dauphincounty.org) and is listed under Courts Information,
followed by Court Offices.



                                                                                       Alisha Washington (foreground) and
                                                                                       Laura Motter, Assistant Law Librarians




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                     OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS
Report from Nativa P. Wood, Chief Court Reporter

        The emphasis of the Official Court Reporters is the effective
management of production backlogs in order to ensure delivery of transcripts
in a timely fashion.

        Upon reaching a peak in the backlog statistics of 14,301 pages in March
of 2005, a proposal was presented to the Dauphin County Board of
Commissioners to hire two (2) new reporters effective January 2006. Although the request for the new hires
was denied, the moneys included in the budget were significantly increased for per diem or freelance reporters
to be used in conjunction with the official reporters. This increase allowed for the use of per diem reporters on
a regular basis.

        After one year of implementing the plan for using per diem reporters in addition to the official reporters,
the transcript backlog decreased 52%. At the end of 2005, the number of pages reported in the backlog statistic
of the official reporters was 9,200. The same statistic at the end of 2006 was 4,420 pages.

       Although the use of freelance reporters has been successful in the immediate reduction of the backlog,
there are still concerns about the long-term impact of this limited privatization, such as availability of the
freelance reporters for courtroom coverage and the archiving of the work product of reporters not employed
with Dauphin County on a full-time basis.

        Using reporter-specific technology, the court reporters continued in the role of “information managers,”
by fielding numerous requests on a daily basis from other county offices such as court administration, probation
and parole, clerk of courts, domestic relations, et cetera. Such requests may not require the preparation of a
transcript, but a simple answer given by the reporter after pulling up on their computer a specific area in
question and reading it back. It is because of the use of technology that the court reporters have a significant
amount of information at their fingertips, even if the information is still in the stenograph notes form and not
a prepared transcript.

    THE GRAPH BELOW SHOWS THE NUMBER OF PAGES OF BACKLOG FROM JULY 2003 UNTIL NOVEMBER 2006.




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SELF HELP CENTER

       O     n November 2, 2006, the Self Help Center (Center) officially open
in law library on the fourth floor of the Dauphin County Court House. The
Center provides a central location where the citizens of our County may obtain
some of the information and forms they need to represent themselves in certain
types of court actions.

        In December of 2005, Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA) Pro Bono Coordinator, Sandy Ballard,
inquired with the Court as to the feasibility of establishing a Center at the Dauphin County Court House. An
exploratory committee was established to determine if such a program, as an equal access to justice initiative,
could be started and the different options available. Members of the committee are President Judge Richard A.
Lewis; Judge Bruce F. Bratton; Sandy Ballard, Esquire, Pro Bono Coordinator; Thomas Gacki, Esquire, Dauphin
County Bar Association President; James De’Angelo, Esquire, Chairman of the DCBA Public Service Committee;
Margaret Simok, Esquire, from Mid-Penn Legal Services, Mark Silliker, Esquire, Dauphin County Custody
Conference Officer; Carolyn C. Thompson, Esquire, Dauphin County District Court Administrator; Deborah
S. Freeman, Esquire, Dauphin County Deputy District Court Administrator; Tracey E. McCall, Dauphin County
Law Librarian; Stephen Farina, Dauphin County Prothonotary; Kim Robison, Director of Dauphin County
Domestic Relations; Sheila Britt, Esquire, Dauphin County Domestic Relations; Justin Imes Dauphin County
Information and Technology; Melissa Holmes, Dauphin County District Court Administrator’s Office; Lisandra
Garcia, Dauphin County Prothonotary’s Office; and Rita Gardner, Dauphin County District Court
Administrator’s Office. After meeting several times throughout the next eight months, and with President
Judge Richard A. Lewis’s authorization, the Center was established, and now provides pro se litigants with
forms and instructions in six different areas of the law.

        Deborah S. Freeman, Deputy District Court Administrator is thrilled with the Center’s use. “It is apparent
that the Center is filling a need. We are pleased that there is an additional resource for individuals who call or
come to the Court House in search of help,” Mrs. Freeman noted. Sandy Ballard added, “The Dauphin County
Bar Association has a long and strong tradition of pro bono legal services for those who have nowhere else to
turn. We believe that pro bono service is part of what is means to be a Dauphin County attorney. Thus,
helping to create the Self Help Center is part of our ongoing efforts to increase access to justice for all. We are
honored to work with the Court and Mid-Penn Legal Services toward this common goal.”

        The Court decided to set the Centers hours to Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30
p.m., to coincide with other court house operations. It was also agreed that the packets (packet includes the
form and instruction) would be available for viewing at the front desk in the law library and set the purchase
price at five dollars ($5.00) each. The packets are also assessable on the county website at www.dauphincounty.org,
under Court Information, then Pro Se Litigant Self Help Center. These forms are in PDF format and cannot be
filled out online or electronically transmitted to the Court. The Court will accept forms that are printed from
the website




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                                          and properly filled out. Some of the packets available are Name Change
                                          Petition with instructions, License Suspension Appeal with instructions, In
                                          Forma Pauperis Petition with instructions, and Divorce (mutual consent/
                                          no property) and Custody Complaints with instructions. The Center has
                                          a listing of helpful resources, as a handout, for interested self-represented
                                          litigants.

                                                   During November and December of 2006, utilizing forms received
                                          from the Center, there were 21-custody complaint/modification petitions
                                          filed, four divorce complaints filed, 13 license suspension appeals filed,
                                          and three name change petitions filed. Self-represented litigants
                                          purchased 147 packets during this period.

     Tracey McCall and Deb Freeman
     on Opening Day


        Posted at the Center, throughout the courthouse, and on the website is the following disclaimer: “The
Center staff and the staff in any Court office are unable to give you legal advice. The information in the packets is not a
substitute for professional legal advice. The Court assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by
users of the documents and/or forms, including reliance on their contents. If you want to obtain the services of an
attorney but do not know whom to contact, you may call the Dauphin County Referral Service at (717) 232-7536.”

        The Center has proven to be another resource for offices such as the District Court Administrator’s
Office, Domestic Relations, Clerk of Court, and Prothonotary to guide litigants who either call or come into the
Court House looking to represent themselves in these limited simple matters. The Self Help Center
provides access, customer service, accurate information, and utilizes the principles of equality, impartiality,
and openness in response to self-represented litigants needs. The Center will provide assistance to anyone who
requests it.




                                                              Rita Gardner, from the District
                                                              Court Administrator’s Office
                                                              delivers Self Help Center packets
                                                              to the Law Library.




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          President Judge Richard A. Lewis holds a Spring luncheon for his staff in the recently
          renovated Lawyers Lounge located on the fourth floor of the Dauphin County Court House
          in Harrisburg, PA.




“Unnamed” by Kelly Maurer from the                                 “Playful Skies” by Tammi Rodman from the
Dauphin     County      District   Court                           Print Shop and sponsored by PNC Bank.
Administrator’s Office and sponored by the
Dauphin County Commissioners.




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                                       COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL

                                       ADULT C RIMINAL CONFLICT ATTORNEYS
Kevin R. Helm, Esquire               Dale E. Klein, Esquire                Charles P. Mackin, Esquire
Ari D. Weitzman, Esquire             Allen C. Welch, Jr., Esquire

                                                      ARBITRATORS
Thomas E. Brenner, Esquire           Mary Ann Claraval, Esquire            John C. Dowling, Esquire
Karen Durkin, Esquire                Michael S. Ferguson, Esquire          Joy Waters Fleming, Esquire
James L. Goldsmith, Esquire          W. Scott Henning, Esquire             Leslie D. Jacobson, Esquire
Herschel Lock, Esquire               G. Thomas Miller, Esquire             Todd B. Narvol, Esquire
Carroll F. Purdy, Jr., Esquire       Gerald S. Robinson, Esquire           Timothy A. Shollenberger, Esquire
Richard B. Wickersham, Esquire       Richard H. Wix, Esquire               John F. Yaninek, Esquire

                                                   BOARD    OF   VIEWERS
Samuel T. Cooper, III, Esquire       Jacqueline A. Kirby                   Michael S. Leonzo
Donald R. LeVan                      Richard L. Placey, Esquire            George W. Porter, Esquire
Carroll F. Purdy, Esquire            Fred Rice                             Francis Z. Zulli, Esquire

                                           CUSTODY CONFERENCE O FFICERS
Peter R. Henninger, Esquire          Sanford A. Krevsky, Esquire           Sandra L. Meilton, Esquire
Gerald S. Robinson, Esquire          Mark T. Silliker, Esquire

                                                   DIVORCE MASTERS
Richard Druby, Esquire               Charles E. Friedman, Esquire          Daniel L. Stern, Esquire
                                     Frank Sluzis, Esquire

                                                 GUARDIANS AD LITEM
Elizabeth A. Hoffman, Esquire        Teresa McCormack, Esquire
Lawrence J. Rosen, Esquire           Kathryn Slade, Esquire

                                     JUVENILE CRIMINAL CONFLICT ATTORNEYS
Kelli J. Brownewell, Esquire         Wendy J. F. Grella, Esquire           Elizabeth A. Hoffman, Esquire
Jacob M. Jividen, Esquire            Thomas S. Lee, Esquire                Brian W. Perry, Esquire
 Michael D. Rentschler, Esquire      Mark T. Silliker, Esquire             Gail Guida Souders, Esquire
Erin M. Zimmerer, Esquire

                                                   JUVENILE MASTERS
Bernard L. Coates, Esquire           Joseph A. Curcillo, III, Esquire      Jeffrey B. Engle, Esquire
Sanford A. Krevsky, Esquire

                                              MENTAL HEALTH OFFICERS
Frank R. Magnelli, Esquire           James M. Petrascu, Esquire            George Shultz, Esquire

                                          ORPHANS ’ COURT APPOINTMENTS
Derek Cordier, Esquire               Joy Waters Fleming, Esquire           Wendy J. F. Grella, Esquire
Elizabeth A. Hoffman, Esquire        Teresa McCormack, Esquire             Stuart S. Sacks, Esquire
William M. Shreve, Esquire

                                                     PCRA COUNSEL
Harold E. Dunbar, Esquire            Jeffrey B. Engle, Esquire             Elizabeth A. Hoffman, Esquire
Courtney L. Kishel Powell, Esquire   Charles P. Mackin, Esquire            Sharon K. Rogers, Esquire
William M. Shreve, Esquire           Ari D. Weitzman, Esquire
                    KITEFEST 2006




                                                     Photo by Tracey McCall - 2006




    In the foreground, “Friends” kite by Hannah Edwards located
at Front and Market Streets, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and across
from the Dauphin County Court House. Sponsored by KHB
Insurance.

   The lamppost in the background displays “Le Kite: Homage to
Mucha” by Bradley Gebhart on the first block of North Front Street.

				
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