1. WHERE TO FILE: ALL Notices of Appeal and Petitions to Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc must be
The Philadelphia Municipal - Traffic Division:
800 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
2. APPEAL HOURS - Appeals may be filed between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
3. APPEAL PERIOD - A citation must be appealed within thirty (30) days from the date that a Defendant plead guilty or was convicted by a Traffic Division judge or hearing officer. A Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc must be filed to appeal a citation more than thirty (30) days after the entry of a guilty plea or conviction. If a Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc is granted, a Notice of Appeal from Summary Conviction (Traffic) Nunc Pro Tunc must be filed.
4. APPEAL FORMS - Forms are available at the Traffic Division and may be downloaded here:
Assistance with completion of the forms will be provided at the
Traffic Division, and it is thus preferable that a Defendant come to the
Traffic Division to complete and file the forms (although the appeal
forms can be mailed).
5. FILING FEE - The filing fee to file a Notice of Appeal is
$35, and the filing fee to file a Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc is $12.50. Filing fees may be paid by
Credit Card, Cash, Check or Money Order (made payable to "Philadelphia Municipal Court - Traffic Division"). The filing fee will not be waived, and must be paid
at the time the Notice of Appeal, Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc are filed. An Appellant who alleges that
he/she is indigent and financially unable to pay the filing fee will
be permitted to file the appeal without the payment of fees if a
Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis listing Appellant's income and
assets is filed contemporaneously with the appeal. The Petition to
Proceed In Forma Pauperis will be assigned to the Judge hearing the
appeal who, upon determining that Appellant is not indigent, may order
Appellant to pay the filing fee before hearing the merits of the
NOTE: The applicable filing fees are imposed for each Notice of
Appeal or Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc filed (regardless of the
number of citations listed on each form); however, only those
citations issued during the same stop may be listed on the same form.
A separate Notice of Appeal, Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc must be completed for citations issued
at different stops.
NOTE: The Owner of a motor vehicle impounded pursuant to
Sections 6309, 6309.1 and 6309.2 of the Motor Vehicle Code, while the
motor vehicle was being driven by someone other than the owner, may
appeal the Traffic Division denial of the owner's request to return the
motor vehicle by filing a Notice of Appeal and paying a filing fee.
6. COURT HEARING - A hearing date will be scheduled at the time
of filing of the Notice of Appeal, Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc. NO OTHER NOTICE OF THE HEARING DATE
WILL BE GIVEN. If an Appellant fails to appear on the hearing
date, the appeal will be dismissed by the Court of Common Pleas AND
WILL NOT BE RELISTED.
7. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Appeal Options for Untimely Appeals An
Appellant who seeks to file an appeal more than thirty (30) days after
a guilty plea or conviction must file a Petition To Appeal Nunc Pro
Tunc, and must allege and prove that: (1) the delay in filing the
appeal was caused by extraordinary circumstances involving fraud or
wrongful or negligent act of a court official; and (2) Appellant acted
promptly in filing the Appeal after learning of the existence of the
fraud or wrongful or negligent act of a court official.
Payment Plan - An Appellant must continue making their scheduled
payments after the filing of a Notice of Appeal UNLESS ALL citations
which are part of the Payment Plan have been timely appealed. An
Appellant must continue to make scheduled payments after the filing of
a Petition to Appeal Nunc Pro Tunc. The Payment Plan may be modified
after the Petition is disposed by the Court of Common Pleas.
A citation can only be appealed once. If an appeal has been dismissed
or denied by the Court of Common Pleas, you cannot appeal the citation
A Notice of Disposition will be sent to the Appellant at the address
listed on the petition or Notice of Appeal no later than thirty (30)
days after the Appeal Hearing. A DL-21 Form will be sent to PennDOT within
ten (10) days of the disposition date. Upon receipt of the DL-21 it
may take PennDOT (or other Department of Transportation if Appellant
is licensed by a state other than Pennsylvania) thirty (30) days or
more to update the Appellant's "operator history." Accordingly, please
do not contact the Traffic Division or Court of Common Pleas to inquire
about the status of the update of your operator history for
approximately 45 days after you have received the Notice of
Disposition. You may contact PennDOT directly at (800) 932-4600.
Unless Appealed as provided above, Traffic Division adjudications are
final, and are not subject to reconsideration. If the fines assessed
are not timely paid, further proceedings can ensue to collect the
outstanding fines, including suspension of your driving privileges and
issuance of a warrant for your arrest.