Admission Pro Hac Vice
(a) General Rule.
The provisions of Subchapter B of these rules (relating to admission to the bar generally)
do not apply to motions for admission pro hac vice. An attorney, barrister or advocate who is qualified to practice in the
courts of another state or of a foreign jurisdiction may be specially admitted to the bar of this Commonwealth for purposes
limited to a particular case. An attorney, barrister or advocate admitted pro hac vice in a case shall not thereby be authorized
to act as attorney of record in the case.
The general requirements for applicants seeking admission pro hac vice are:
Applicants shall provide such information and pay such fee to the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyer
Trust Account (IOLTA) Board as is required by the regulations concerning pro hac vice admission that have been adopted
by the IOLTA Board and approved by the Court.
Upon an applicant’s compliance with the administrative requirements of paragraph (b)(1):
The applicant’s candidacy for pro hac vice admission shall be made by motion by a sponsor, who
is member of the bar of this Commonwealth in accordance with Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1012.1
(Admission Pro Hac Vice. Motion. Content);
The motion for the applicant’s candidacy for pro hac vice admission shall be filed by the sponsor
with the clerk of the court in which or with the magisterial district judge before which the case is pending at least three
days prior to the appearance before the court or magisterial district judge by the attorney, barrister, or advocate seeking pro
hac vice admission; and
In capital cases, wherein the applicant seeks pro hac vice admission as defense counsel, the
requirements of Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1012.1(c) shall be supplemented to demonstrate
compliance with the requirements of Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 801 (Qualifications for Defense Counsel in Capital Cases).
The oath shall not be required.
Based on U.S. Supreme Court Rule 6 and on former Supreme Court Rule 13 (last paragraph).
Paragraph (b) was amended in 2013 to establish a uniform procedure for pro hac vice admissions in
Pennsylvania using existing Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1012.1. As set forth in paragraph (b)(1),
applicants seeking admission first must satisfy the administrative requirements of the IOLTA Board.
See 204 Pa. Code § 81.501-.506. Upon satisfaction of these requirements, the IOLTA
Board will send the applicant’s sponsor written certification. Pursuant to paragraph (b)(2), the
sponsor is required to file a motion with the appropriate court seeking approval of the applicant’s candidacy
for admission pro hac vice. The required content and disposition of the motion are contained in
Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1012.1. The term, “motion,” is colloquially used insomuch as the sponsor
should proceed via “application” pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure
123 (Application for Relief) in the appellate courts and “request” pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of
Civil Procedure before Magisterial District Judges 207 in magisterial district courts.