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2015-9 Central Booking Procedure

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

CRIMINAL
 
IN RE: Administrative Order 2015-9 )
CENTRAL BOOKING PROCEDURE)
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ORDER OF COURT
 
AND NOW, this 17th day of December 2015, the Court hereby incorporates the Order of July 5, 2007, and amends it as follows:
 
4 (A) The Central Booking Centers and the video conferencing system may be utilized by the Magisterial District Judges on a 24-hour a day basis. If the arrest occurs at times other than during normal business hours of the Magisterial District Courts, the defendant shall be taken to a Central Booking Center for processing. Magisterial District Judges shall not be required to handle preliminary arraignments during the hours of 11:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. MDJs shall remain available during those hours for an emergency or contempt order for a Protection of Abuse/Elder Abuse matter, protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, a search warrant, an arrest warrant, or a preliminary arraignment of an individual charged with Homicide.
This requirement shall not apply to persons arrested and released pursuant to PA.R.CRIM.P. 519 (B) who shall proceed in accord with paragraph 5.
 
4 (B) If the arrest occurs during normal business hours of the Magisterial District Courts, the arresting officer may take the person arrested to the Magisterial District Court for the preliminary arraignment. During business hours, each MDJ may determine on a case-by-case basis whether to process an arrestee at the CBC prior to commencing the preliminary arraignment. Should the MDJ determine the arrestee does not need the pre-arraignment process, the arrestee will be arraigned at the Magisterial District Court and given notice to report to a CBC at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled preliminary hearing.
If the person arrested is released, the MDJ shall give him the ‘Notice-Central Booking Required’ set forth in No. 5. If the person arrested is committed to prison, he shall first be taken to a CBC for processing.

6 Upon request, CBC staff shall provide copies of photographs, fingerprints and prior record to the police prosecutor, the MDJ who conducts the preliminary arraignment and who conducts the preliminary hearing, and to the District Attorney of Northampton County.

The CBC Processing Fee shall be set, and may be changed, by Court Order of the President Judge after consultation with the County Executive. The Order setting the fee is and should be a whole separate Order.

Administrative Order 2009-1 is hereby rescinded. This Order shall be effective on January 8, 2016 at 8:30 a.m..
 

BY THE COURT,
 
 
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STEPHEN G. BARRATTA, P.J.
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