Chris’ Criminal Law Comments: Summary Cases Part 4

Attorney Chris Powell, Powell Law Scranton PABy Christopher T. Powell Jr., Esq.

Rule 423 is the Rule of Criminal Procedure that must be followed for entering a not guilty plea to a summary criminal complaint. The defendant, if he/she intends to plead not guilty, may appear before the issuing authority or Magisterial District Judge, also known as a Magistrate, and give some type of collateral for his/her appearance at trial. In many cases, if the defendant appears in person to answer the summary complaint, the Magistrate will not require a cash deposit. After accepting a not guilty plea, the Magistrate will set a date and hour for trial and notify the defendant.

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