Rule 1531. Intervention.
(a) Appellate jurisdiction petition for review proceedings. A party to a proceeding before a government unit that resulted in a quasijudicial order may intervene as of right in a proceeding under this chapter relating to such order by filing a notice of intervention (with proof of service on all parties to the matter) with the prothonotary of the appellate court within 30 days after notice of the filing of the petition for review. The notice of intervention may be in substantially the following form:
NOTICE OF INTERVENTION
Notice is hereby given that A.B., a party below, hereby intervenes in this matter.
(Address and telephone number)
After 30 days after notice of filing of an appellate petition for review, permission to intervene may be sought by application pursuant to Rule 123.
(b) Original jurisdiction petition for review proceedings. A person not named as a respondent in an original jurisdiction petition for review, who desires to intervene in a proceeding under this chapter, may seek leave to intervene by filing an application for leave to intervene (with proof of service on all parties to the matter) with the prothonotary of the court. The application shall contain a concise statement of the interest of the applicant and the grounds upon which intervention is sought.
A nonparty may file a brief as of right under Rule 531 (participation by amicus curiae) and, therefore, intervention is not necessary in order to participate in the appellate court where the petition for review is filed. However, except as provided in Rule 521(b) (status of Attorney General) and Rule 522(b) (status of Court Administrator), the mere filing of a brief does not confer party status. Where, for example, a nonparty to a petition for review proceeding in the Commonwealth Court desires to be in a position to seek further review in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania or the Supreme Court of the United States of an order of the Commonwealth Court disposing of the petition for review, the nonparty should intervene or seek leave to intervene in the Commonwealth Court at the outset, since under Rule 501 (any aggrieved party may appeal), party status is a prerequisite to the right to further review.
See Rule 3331 regarding Review of Special Prosecutions or Investigations.
The provisions of this Rule 1531 amended May 16, 1979, effective September 30, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 1740; amended July 8, 2004, effective 60 days after adoption, 34 Pa.B. 3862. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (303534) and (231657).
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