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  • May 16th, 2017

    JUDGE DIRECTS NOTICE OF DEATH SENTENCE

    Judge Directs Notice of Death Sentence to Supreme Court.

    ORDER

  • May 15th, 2017

    JUDGE RULES ON DEFENDANT'S POST SENTENCE MOTION

    Judge Rules on Defendant's Post Sentence Motion.

    ORDER

  • April 4th, 2017

    JUDGE DENIES DEFENSE REQUEST

    Judge Denies the Defense request to Certify Interlocutory Appeal.

    ORDER

  • April 3rd, 2017

    JUDGE DECISION ON MOTION TO SURPRESS

    Judge makes decision on Defendants Motion to Suppress.

    ORDER

  • April 3rd, 2017

    JUDGE DECISION ON MOTION in limine

    Judge makes decision on Commonwealth’s Motions in Limine .

    ORDER

  • March 31st, 2017

    IMPORTANT PRESS INFORMATION

    To all members of the press: Please read the Press Information document from the "Press Info" link. Also, please take note and thoroughly read the Decorum Order below that was released on March 29th.

    PRESS INFO

  • March 30th, 2017

    Judge SETS PRE-TRIAL HEARING DATE

    Judge sets Pre-trial Hearing date for April 3, 2017.


    Order

  • March 29th, 2017

    Judge Issues Decorum Order

    Judge issues decorum order for Pike County Trial.


    Order

  • March 7th, 2017

    Judge Issues Decorum Order

    Judge issues decorum order for Chester County Jury Selection.


    Order

  • November 30th, 2016

    Court enacts new Local Rules

    Court enacts new Local Rules. Local Rules of Judicial Administration. Local Rule 4007 Request for Transcripts and Local Rule 4008 Transcript Costs Payable by the Requesting Party.


    Local Rule

  • November 30th, 2016

    Judge Sets Dates for Motions

    Judge sets the Defense and Commonwealth’s Motions in Limine for Hearing.


    Order 2 Order 1

  • October 21st, 2016

    Judge Sets Dates for Jury Selection

    The Judge ordered dates for Jury Selection for the for the Commonwealth vs. Eric Matthew Frein Case.


    Order

  • August 22nd, 2016

    Supreme Court has Chosen Chester County

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has chosen Chester County to be the county from which the jury will be chosen for the Commonwealth vs. Eric Matthew Frein Case.

  • July 14th, 2016

    Judge Releases Orders on motions

    Judge issues Order Granting a Change of Venire and setting the case for the March 2017 Trial Term.

    Order

  • June 17th, 2016

    Judge Releases Orders on motions

    On June 17 , 2016, the Honorable Gregory H. Chelak has issued Orders denying both, the Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Aggravating Circumstances and the Defendant’s Motion Regarding Death Penalty Issues. The Orders issued on June 17, 2016 are below..

    Order Order

  • May 26th, 2016

    Judge Grants Defense REQUEST TO CONTINUE HEARING ON CHANGE OF VENUE

    Honorable Gregory H. Chelak grants Defense request to continue the Hearing on the Defendant’s Motion for Change of Venue from June 3, 2016 to June 10, 2016. The Hearing on the Commonwealth’s Pre-Trial Motions shall also be rescheduled for June 10, 2016.

  • April 26th, 2016

    Judge Grants Defense Counsel's Motion

    Honorable Gregory H. Chelak issues Order granting the Defense Counsel’s Motion to continue the Defendant’s Motion for Suppression of Statements generally.

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  • April 26th, 2016

    Hearing scheduled for June 3, 2016 at 9:00 A.m.

    The Honorable Gregory H. Chelak has scheduled a Hearing for June 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. on the Commonwealth’s Pre-Trial Motions.

  • April 19th, 2016

    Hearing scheduled for April 22, 2016 at 9:00 A.m.

    The Honorable Gregory H. Chelak has scheduled the continuation of the Hearing on the Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Statements for April 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

  • April 19th, 2016

    Hearing scheduled for April 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

    The Honorable Gregory H. Chelak has scheduled a Hearing for April 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. on the Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Statements In-Camera

  • February 24th, 2016

    Hearing scheduled for June 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m

    The Honorable Gregory H. Chelak has scheduled a Hearing for June 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. on the Defense Motion for Change of Venue.

  • February 24th, 2016

    Hearing scheduled for April 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

    The Honorable Gregory H. Chelak has scheduled a Hearing for April 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. on the Commonwealth’s Motion to Unseal Orders to Court and the Defense Motions Regarding Death Penalty Issues, Motion to Dismiss Aggravated Circumstances and to Proceed as a Non Capital Case and Motion to Suppress Statements Obtained from Eric Frein.

  • January 19th, 2016

    Judge Issues Deadlines on Frein

    In an Order dated January 19, 2016, the Honorable Gregory Chelak set specific deadlines for Defense Motions to be filed with the Court relating to any challenge to the death penalty or any request for change of venue/venire. The Court also granted the Commonwealth’s Motion to Unseal the Defendant’s Motion to Extend Defense Motion and Notice Deadline.

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  • June 2nd, 2015

    Judge grants Commonwealths Request to Seal

    In an Order dated June 2, 2015, the Honorable Gregory Chelak granted the Commonwealth's Request to Seal Exhibit #1 Offered into Evidence at the Preliminary Hearing.

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  • May 13th, 2015

    Defendants motion for injunction

    The Hearing on the Defendant's Motion for Injunction scheduled for May 14, 2015 has been continued to June 8, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Pike County Courthouse.

  • January 5th, 2015

    Judge binds over all Criminal Charges

    In the Preliminary hearing for Eric Frein, Magisterial District Judge Shannon L. Muir binds over all criminal charges to the Court of Common Pleas.

  • December 10th 2014

    Court appoints Counsel for Frein

    The Court of Common Pleas has reaffirmed the appointment of Michael Weinstein, Esq. and has newly appointed William Ruzzo, Esq., as Counsel for Eric Frein.

  • December 5th 2014

    Eric Frein Preliminary Hearing Continued

    The Preliminary Hearing for Eric Frein that was scheduled on December 9th has been continued to January 5th, 2015 at 9 AM.

  • November 2th 2014

    Eric Frein Preliminary Hearing set

    The Magisterial District Justice Shannon Muir has re-scheduled the Preliminary Hearing for Eric Frein to December 9th & 10th. On November 20th 2014 the Court of Common Pleas granted the Commonwealth request to relocate the preliminary hearing to the Pike County Courthouse.

  • November 4th 2014

    Commonwealth vs. Eric Frein Media Page Setup

    The Court of Common Pleas of Pike County has set up a Media page for all information on Commonwealth vs. Eric Frein.

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  • November 6th 2014

    2015 Court Calendar Released

    The Court of Common Pleas of Pike County has released the Court Calendar for the upcoming year 2015.

    See Calendar
  • February 22nd 2013

    SUPREME COURT ELECTS TO RETAIN ALL FOUR MDJ OFFICES FOR PIKE COUNTY

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in an Order issued on February 21 has elected to retain all four Magisterial District Courts for Pike County. The Per Curiam Order provides that the four MDJ Courts are "re-established to be effective immediately".

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  • January30th 2014

    COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF PIKE COUNTY
    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT POLICY

    The Court of Common Pleas of Pike County complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provides that "no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits

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