Constables - standards, policies, procedures
PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
RULE 1907.1 DEFINITIONS
"Constable." Includes any elected or appointed constable or deputy constable
engaged to perform services for any court of the unified judicial system.
Note: For the statutorily prescribed services constables perform for
the unified judicial system, see, e.g., 44 Pa.C.S. §§ 7161 and
RULE 1907.2 POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
(a) The Court Administrator shall establish uniform policies, procedures and
standards of conduct for constables who perform services for the courts.
These policies, procedures and standards of conduct shall be mandatory
for all judicial districts and constables engaged to perform services for any
court of the unified judicial system.
(b) The president judge of a judicial district is authorized to enact policies and
procedures consistent with those established by the Court Administrator in
section (a) as local rules pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(c). Any policies
and procedures enacted by the president judge of a judicial district that
may deviate from the uniform policies, procedures and standards of
conduct for constables established by the Court Administrator must be
approved by the Court Administrator before promulgation. See Pa.R.J.A.
(c) President Judges are responsible for implementing the provisions set forth
in this rule within their respective judicial districts.
Comment: Constables are independent contractors, belonging analytically to the
executive branch of government. In re Act 147 of 1990, 528 Pa. 460, 598 A.2d
985 (1991). Constables are defined as “related staff” under the Judicial Code.
Rosenwald v. Barbieri, 501 Pa. 563, 462 A.2d 644 (1983). While these Rules are
established pursuant to Pa. Const. Art. V, §10(c), nothing herein, or in any
document created under these Rules, shall be construed to alter the status of