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Civil Service Commission

Civil service appeal guide

This guide is intended to provide basic information concerning appeals to the Civil Service Commission. Excerpts from the Home Rule Charter and Civil Service Regulations are included.

Interested persons should consult the entire text of the applicable civil service regulations and Home Rule Charter Sections for complete information as to the jurisdiction, powers, and duties of the Commission.


Various types of appeals, jurisdictional requirements, and procedures for filing

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Procedure for filing an appeal

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Representation and counsel

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Hearings evidence and procedure

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In accordance with Section 7-201 of the Home Rule Charter, the Commission issues written opinions in every appeal within its jurisdiction. However, an appeal may be rejected for lack of jurisdiction without formal opinion. Opinions will be mailed to appellants and their legal counsel by ordinary U.S. mail, postage prepaid, or emailed.

The scope of the Commission’s authority in deciding disciplinary appeals is set forth in the Home Rule Charter, Section 7-201.

The Commission’s authority in deciding appeals from oral examinations, leaves of absence, and performance reports is carefully limited by Civil Service Regulations 9.1122.02, and 23.06.

Rehearings and further appeals

The Commission, upon application duly made, may grant a rehearing in any matter. The procedure and grounds, which must be strictly adhered to, are set forth in Civil Service Regulations 17.063 et seq.

Regarding appeals from Commission decisions, Section 7-201 of the Home Rule Charter provides:

. . . Findings and decisions of the commission and any action taken in conformance therewith as a result thereof shall be final and there shall be no further appeal on the merits, but there may be appeal to the Courts on jurisdictional or procedural grounds.

Attorneys and other interested persons are directed to the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure with Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Rules for the filing of appeals from Administrative Agencies.

Miscellaneous powers

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