Hearsay at Preliminary Hearing

Hearsay at Preliminary Hearing

Using hearsay at a preliminary hearing is subject to limitations.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. McClelland, holding that hearsay alone is insufficient to establish a prima facie case at a preliminary hearing.  This is a landmark decision since the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held in Commonwealth v Ricker, that […]

Preliminary Hearing

Preliminary Hearing

WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING? The preliminary hearing is the first phase of criminal litigation. The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos has successfully resolved hundreds if not thousands of preliminary hearings in the Greater Philadelphia area.  The preliminary hearing is the first phase of trial litigation.  At the preliminary hearing the criminal defense lawyer […]