December 8, 2010, PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Erie lawyer Eric J. Purchase was the first Pennsylvania lawyer to argue before an en banc Superior Court panel in Philadelphia on November 18, 2010 in In Re: Estate of Daniel L. R. Miller

Typically, appeals to the Superior Court are heard by a panel of three judges of the Court.  Rarely, a case already heard by a three judge panel will be taken up by the Superior Court for en banc argument.  En Banc argument is held before a panel of nine judges of the Superior Court and is held only when the judges of the appellate court determine that the case presents questions of unusual importance.  An en banc argument is one of the rarest events in Pennsylvania appellate practice.  It is even less common than argument before Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.  In 2008, for example, there were 7900 appeals to the Superior Court and less than 30 were slated for en banc review.  

The case argued by Attorney Purchase is a complex one factually and legally, presenting interesting issues of the proper scope of judicial power as well as arcane questions of Orphan's Court jurisdiction and estate/corporate/trust governance.  The argument will be broadcast on PCN and available on PCN+ for on-line viewing.  Broadcast schedule information will be provided when it is made available.

Purchase, George & Murphey are Pennsylvania lawyers who help people who've been injured as a result of the careless action of others in northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie County, Crawford County, Venango County, Mercer County, Warren County and Forest County.  We believe that education about injury cases is the most important thing we can do for the community at large.  For more information on car accidents, visit our car accident page or take advantage of our offer to give you a free book on car accidents, "The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in Pennsylvania: A Roadmap to Justice."  For more information on other injuries, review our injury site where we offer free information on motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, other injury types, premises liability and other injury types.  We are  injury lawyers who believe in providing free information to the public about injuries and the lawsuits that sometimes result from them.  To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Pennsylvania injury lawyers, call today toll free at 877-505-9548 or locally at 814-580-5017.

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