In re S.D.

Father and Mother filed these consolidated appeals from the orders, granting the petition of Children and Youth Services to involuntarily terminate their parental rights. Father and Mother also appealed the trial court’s order changing the children’s permanency goal from reunification to adoption. They filed a single notice of appeal to challenge distinct rulings on two … Read more

Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc.

In Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered whether a notice of appeal filed at a single docket number corresponding to the lead case of multiple consolidated civil cases should be quashed. Relying on Commonwealth v. Walker, 185 A.3d 969 (Pa. 2018), the Superior Court quashed the appeal. … Read more

Twp. of Cranberry v. Spencer

In Twp. of Cranberry v. Spencer, Appellant appealed from the trial court’s order, which imposed fines for six different properties at six separate docket numbers pursuant to complaints filed by the Township of Cranberry based on the operation of a junkyard in violation of Township ordinances. To comply with the rule established by Commonwealth v. … Read more

Commonwealth v. Floyd

In Commonwealth v. Floyd, Appellant appealed his convictions after pleading guilty to several crimes charged on two dockets. Appellant violated the rule established in Commonwealth v. Walker, 185 A.3d 969 (Pa. 2018), by filing one notice of appeal which contained both dockets. The Pennsylvania Superior Court declined to quash the appeal, citing Commonwealth v. Larkin, … Read more

In re K.M.W.

In the case of In re K.M.W., the Superior Court (en banc) did not quash the appeal, though the appellant filed a single notice of appeal from an order that listed more than one lower court docket number. The Court declined to quash the appeal pursuant to Commonwealth v. Walker because the trial court misinformed … Read more

Commonwealth v. Johnson

In Commonwealth v. Johnson, an en banc panel of the Superior Court overruled Commonwealth v. Creese, which had required each notice of appeal to list only one docket number. This case, along with Commonwealth v. Larkin show the Superior Court at its worst–creating, changing and abridging rules that have nothing to do with the justice, seeking the … Read more