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P.O. Box 62446
Harrisburg, PA 17107-2445

Tel. 717-238-2001
Toll Free 888-PA-IOLTA (724-6582)
Fax. 717-238-2003

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IOLTA and MJ-IOLTA Revenue 2020-2021

Revenue generated by IOLTA accounts is dependent upon the interest rates, service charges, and the principal amount of funds maintained in the IOLTA accounts. In 2005, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania established the Minor Judiciary Interest on Trust Accounts (MJ-IOTA) program. All of the funds handled by the minor judiciary are IOLTA-qualified funds, that is, funds which are nominal in amount or held for a short period of time. All revenues generated by IOLTA and MJ-IOTA accounts combined are reflected in the chart above.

Access to Justice Act Revenue: ACT 122 + 44 2020-2021

Act 122 of 2002, a section of which is known as the Access to Justice Act (AJA), provides for a $2 surcharge on all civil filings, as well as the recording of deeds and mortgages and their related filings, and criminal filings where a conviction or a guilty plea is obtained. Act 44 of 2017 provides for an additional $2 surcharge, on the same base of filings as Act 122 of 2002.

Access to Justice Act Revenue: ACT 49 + 113 2020-2021

Act 49 of 2009 provides for a $1 supplemental increase in the AJA filing fee surcharge on a slightly different base of court filings. Act 113 of 2014 increased the fee to $2 and made it permanent.

Pro Hac Vice Admission Fees 2020-2021

Effective September 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania established an admission fee applicable to each out-of-state attorney entering an appearance in a Pennsylvania Court. Effective September 24, 2010, the admission fee increased from $100 to $200 per case and subsequently increased to $375 effective June 12, 2015.

Attorney Registration Fees 2020-2021

Effective April 2, 2009, Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 was amended to increase the annual attorney registration fee assessment by $25, with the increased amount dedicated to help fund civil legal aid for the poor. For years 2011 through 2014, the Court increased by $10 the amount of each attorney’s registration fee directed to the PA IOLTA Board’s mission. The Court reduced IOLTA’s portion of the fee to $30 for years 2015 through 2018 and to $25 for years 2019 and 2020. For the 2021-2022 annual attorney registration cycle, PA IOLTA Board’s portion of the fee was increased to $30.

Class Action Residual Funds 2020-2021

Effective July 1, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amended Rule of Civil Procedure 1716 to provide that at least 50% of residual funds in class action lawsuits in Pennsylvania Courts be directed to the PA IOLTA Board to help fund civil legal aid for the poor.

Private Attorney Contributions 2020-2021

The IOLTA Board receives voluntary contributions from lawyers. From 2002 to 2016, these contributions funded the establishment or expansion of organized pro bono representation for indigent Pennsylvania residents by lawyers in private practice. In October 2016, the IOLTA Board retired the Pro Bono Initiative Fund. All funds received after this date are considered unrestricted contributions.

Pro Hac Vice

Out-of-state attorneys seeking to enter their appearance on a Pennsylvania case must pay an admission fee of $375 per case to the IOLTA Board prior to filing the motion with the court. Complete your pro hac vice application online and pay the $375 fee by check or credit card.

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Platinum Leader Banks

Platinum Leader Banks are financial institutions that go above and beyond eligibility requirements to ensure the success of the IOLTA program and increase funding for legal aid. Pennsylvania attorneys are encouraged to patronize them.

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There is one legal aid lawyer for every 6,415 people living in poverty. Pro bono representation by private attorneys is an enormously valuable supplement to the services of civil legal aid programs.

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Direct Class Action Residual funds and Cy Pres awards to the PA IOLTA Board!

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