ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
HB 703 would extend the time period for emergency protection from abuse (PFA) orders up to 10 days, if done by local rule.
Such an extension, which can already be accomplished through a temporary order, would impede a defendant’s due process rights. By extending an emergency order up to 10 days, a defendant could wait 20 or more days before they would be entitled to a hearing before a common pleas judge. During that time, a defendant may remain evicted from their home and subject to an order that remains in full force and effect.
The current process for obtaining emergency and temporary PFA orders already balances the rights and interests of both parties and does not run afoul of due process considerations.
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