Current through Register Vol. 52, No. 16, April 16, 2022
(A) Upon retiring, the jury may take with it
such exhibits as the trial judge deems proper, except as provided in paragraph
The trial judge
may permit the members of the jury to have for use during deliberations written
copies of the portion of the judge's charge on the elements of the offenses, lesser
included offenses, and any defense upon which the jury has been instructed.
(1) If the judge permits the jury to
have written copies of the portion of the judge's charge on the elements of the
offenses, lesser included offenses, and any defense upon which the jury has been
instructed, the judge shall provide that portion of the charge in its
shall instruct the jury about the use of the written charge. At a minimum, the judge
shall instruct the jurors that
the entire charge, written and oral, shall be given equal weight; and
(b) the jury may submit questions
regarding any portion of the charge.
During deliberations, the jury
shall not be permitted to have:
transcript of any trial testimony;
(2) a copy of any written or otherwise
recorded confession by the defendant;
(3) a copy of the information or indictment;
(4) except as provided
in paragraph (B), written jury instructions.
(D) The jurors shall be permitted to
have their notes for use during deliberations.
Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol 45, No. 30. July 25, 2015, effective
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the July 7, 2015 Comment
revision correcting a cross-reference to Rule 647 published with the Court's Order
at 45 Pa.B. 3985 (July 25, 2015).