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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: November 21, 2017 11:41 AM
From: Representative John Taylor
To: All House members
Subject: First Judicial District Civil Filing Fees
Dear House Members:

I plan to introduce a bill in the near future that will assist the First Judicial District in providing constitutionally and statutory mandated services. The bill will impose a 10% fee on civil filings, one-third of which will be directed to the Philadelphia Law Library, and two-thirds of which will be used to support the general operating budget.

The First Judicial District is the largest and busiest in the state, and it can be a challenge to keep it adequately funded. Incredibly, many fees have not been increased since 1984, and not one has been increased since 2009. At this time, due to all-too-familiar budget shortfalls, it appears that it is necessary to ask a little more of those who are using the system.

I ask that you please join me in supporting this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB1937