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Commonwealth Court issues both reported and unreported opinions. Reported opinions of the Commonwealth Court have precedential effect -- i.e. they are binding on Commonwealth Court and the parties, and are used to guide future Commonwealth Court decisions. Unreported opinions of the Commonwealth Court do not have precedential effect. The Internal Operating Procedures of Commonwealth Court prohibit citing to any unreported opinion in any opinion of the court, or in any brief or argument addressed to it, with certain limited exceptions.

 

For more information, read 210 Pa. Code 67.55.

All opinions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court are reported.

Commonwealth Court Decisions


 
Unreported
1260 CD 2016
 
Opinion Issued: May 4, 2017
 
Peter Sisofo v. State Civil Service Commission (Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation)
 
Peter Sisofo appealed SCSC's order that dismissed his appeal and sustained his suspension as an Assistant Highway Maintenance Manager with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Court vacated and remanded the case back to SCSC for another hearing and to direct the agency to provide Mr. Sisofo with notice that clearly states the reasons for his suspension. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Peter Sisofo v. SCSC (PDF).

 
Unreported
72 CD 2016
 
Opinion Issued: February 1, 2017
 
G. Marisa Kelly-Pimentel v.
State Civil Service Commission (Department of Corrections)
 
G. Marisa Kelly-Pimentel appealed SCSC's order that dismissed her appeal challenging her non-selection for a promotion to Education Administration Manager with the Department of Corrections. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: G. Marisa Kelly-Pimentel v. SCSC (PDF).

 
 
Unreported
 
1965 CD 2015
Opinion Issued:  November 16, 2016
 
Michael J. Slaky v. State Civil Service Commission (Department of Labor and Industry)
Michael J. Slatky appealed SCSC's order that dismissed his appeal without a hearing challenging his non-selection for promotion to Administrative Officer 4 with the Department of Labor and Industry. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Michael J. Slatky v. SCSC (PDF)
 

 
 
Unreported 
 1304 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: November 10, 2016
 
Sandra L. Tate-Buns v. State Civil Service Commission (Erie County Office of Children and Youth)
 
Sandra L. Tate-Burns appealed SCSC's order sustaining the actions of the Erie County Office of Children and Youth to suspend her from regular County Caseworker 2 (Local Government) employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision:Sandra Tate-Burns v. SCSC (PDF).
  

 
  
Unreported
 
2339 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: October 6, 2016
 
Nancy J. Gardner v. State Civil Service Commission (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Nancy J. Gardner appealed SCSC's order sustaining the actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to remove her from probationary Assistant Highway Maintenance Manager employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Nancy J. Gardner v. SCSC (PDF)
 

 
Unreported 
 
2652 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: September 23, 2016
 
Joseph Bauer v. State Civil Service Commission (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)
 
Joseph Bauer appealed SCSC's order sustaining the actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to remove him from regular Roadway Programs Coordinator employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Joseph Bauer v. SCSC  (PDF)
 
 

  
Unreported 
 
1 CD 2016
Opinion Issued: August 26, 2016
 
Matthew B. Baillie v. State Civil Service Commission (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)
 
Matthew B. Baillie appealed SCSC's order sustaining the actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to suspend him for three-days from regular Management Analyst Supervisor employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Matthew B. Baillie v. SCSC (PDF).
 
  
Unreported 
 
1504 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: July 28, 2016
 
Stephen J. Smith v. State Civil Service Commission (State Correctional Institute at Pine Grove, Department of Corrections)
 
Stephen J. Smith appealed SCSC's order sustaining the actions of State Correctional Institute at Pine Grove, Department of Corrections to suspend him for three-days from regular Corrections Officer 1 employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Stephen J. Smith v. SCSC (PDF).
 
  
2077 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: July 14, 2016
 
Pike County Child Welfare Service v. State Civil Service Commission
(Shenequa S. Soto) 
 
Pike County Child Welfare Service appealed SCSC's order that Shenequa S. Soto be reinstated with backpay. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Pike Co. Child Welfare Service v SCSC (Soto) (PDF).
 
 
Unreported
 
1142 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: May 19, 2016
 
Northumberland County Housing Authority v.
State Civil Service Commission (Deborah A. Koch)
 
Northumberland County Housing Authority appealed SCSC's order that Deborah A. Koch be reinstated with backpay. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Northumberland Co. Housing Authority v. Deborah Koch (PDF).
 

 
 
Unreported
 
746 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: May 5, 2016
 
Nancy E. Kunsak v. State Civil Service Commission
(State Correctional Institute at Pittsburgh, Department of Corrections) 
 
Nancy E. Kunsak appealed SCSC's order sustaining the actions of State Correctional Institute at Pittsburgh, Department of Corrections to remove her from Psychological Services Specialist employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Nancy Kunsak v. SCSC (PDF).
 

Unreported
 
694 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: April 18, 2016
 
Markeeta Holmes v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Department of Human Services) 
 
Markeeta Holmes appealed SCSC's order that dismissed her reqest for a determination of the adequacy of the compensation she recieved from the Respondent.  The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Markeeta Holmes v. SCSC (PDF).
 

Reported
724 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: February 17, 2016
 
Scott R. Blake v.
State Civil Service Commission
 
Scott R. Blake appealed SCSC's order that denied his appeal for veteran's preference in his application for civil service employment. The Court reversed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Scott Blake v. SCSC (PDF).
 

 
 
Unreported
 
159 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: January 5, 2016
 
Robin D. Anderson v.
State Civil Service Commission
 
Robin D. Anderson appealed SCSC's order that dismissed her appeal challenging the termination of her employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Robin Anderson v. SCSC (PDF).
 

Unreported
 
263 CD 2015
Opinion Issued: September 18, 2015
 
Ming Wei v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Department of Health)
 
Ming Wei appealed SCSC's order that denied his motion to reopen his case and determine that none of his alleged newly discovered evidence was concealed or unavailable at the time of his administrative hearing before the Commission. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Wei v SCSC (PDF).
 

 
 
Unreported
 
1702 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: August 27, 2015
 
Raymond Welby v.
State Civil Service Commission
(State Correctional Institute at Frackville, Department of Corrections)
 
Raymond Welby appealed SCSC's order that sustained his appeal challenging his removal for just cause by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Raymond Welby v. SCSC (PDF).
 

 
 
 
 
Unreported
2268 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: July 8, 2015
 
Sean M. Donahue v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry)
 
Sean M. Donahue appealed SCSC's order that dismissed his appeal without a hearing, to remove his name from the Department of Labor and Industry's civil service list for Disability Claims Adjudicator Trainee. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Sean Donahue v. SCSC (PDF).
 

 
Unreported
1488 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: June 11, 2015
 
Valerie Gordy v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Department of Public Welfare)
 
Valerie Gordy appealed SCSC's order that dismissed her appeal without a hearing challenging her non-selection for promotion as an Income Maintenance Casework Supervisor with the Philadelphia County Assistance Office. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Valerie Gordy v. SCSC(PDF). 

 
 
Unreported
899 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: May 11, 2015
 
Jefferson County Children and Youth Services v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Nancy S. Crance)
 
Jefferson County Children and Youth Services appealed SCSC's order that sustained her appeal and ordered CYS to reinstate Ms. Crance and pay back wages. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Jefferson Co. CYS v SCSC (Crance) (PDF). 

 
Unreported
 623 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: April 28, 2015
 
Santo Bocchinfuso v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)
 
Santo Bocchinfuso appealed SCSC's order that sustained the decision of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to terminate his employment, the Commonwealth Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Bocchinfuso v SCSC (PDF).
 

 
 
Unreported
192 C.D. 2014
Opinion Issued: April 22, 2015
 
Michelle Rivera v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole)
 
Michelle Rivera appealed SCSC's order that reinstated but demoted her, the Commonwealth Court reversed and remanded for further proceedings. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Rivera v SCSC (PDF).
 

 
Unreported
1038 C.D. 2014
Opinion Issued: April 20, 2015
 
Afrid Irani v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Department of Health)
 
Afrid Irani appealed SCSC's order that sustained the decision of the Department of Health to terminate his employment. The Court reversed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Afrid Irani v. SCSC (PDF).
 

 
 
Reported
1068 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: March 11, 2015
 
Deanna M. Szablowski v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board)
 
Deanna M. Szablowski appealed SCSC's order that following remand, sustained the decision of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to terminate her employment. The Court reversed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Deanna Szablowski v. SCSC (PDF).
Unreported
851 CD 2014
Opinion Issued: February 11, 2015
 
Montgomery County Behavioral Health/Development Disabilities v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Gbenga A. Oyetayo)
 
Montgomery County Behavioral Health/Development Disabilities appealed SCSC's order that set aside appointing authority's removal of Gbenga A Oyetayo and imposed a ten-day suspension and reinstated Mr. Oyetayo. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Montgomery Co. Behavioral Health/Development Disabilities v. Gbenga Oyetayo (PDF).

Unreported
447 MD 2014
Opinion Issued: October 29, 2014
 
Sean M. Donahue v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Department of Labor and Industry)
 
Sean M. Donahue appealed SCSC's order denying his request for a hearing concerning his non-selection for appointment to unspecified jobs in Luzerne County government. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Sean Donahue v. SCSC (PDF).

Unreported
572 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: July 17, 2014
 
Sonora Jones v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Department of Labor and Industry)
 
Sonora Jones appealed the SCSC's order sustaining the action of the Department of Labor and Industry to remove her from regular Clerk Typist 3 employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Sonora Jones v. SCSC (PDF).
 

Unreported
1795 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: June 16, 2014
 
Marketta Holmes v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Chester County Assistance Office, Department of Public Welfare)
 
Markeeta Holmes appealed SCSC's order sustaining the action of the Chester County Assistance Office, Department of Public Welfare to suspend her from regular Income Maintenance Caseworker employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Marketta Holmes v. SCSC (PDF). 

Unreported
1386 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: May 30, 2014
 
Angela Hawkins v.
State Civil Service Commission
(State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Department of Corrections)
 
Angela Hawkins appealed SCSC's order sustaining the action of the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Department of Corrections to suspend her from regular Corrections Officer 3 employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Angela Hawkins v. SCSC (PDF).
 

Reported
734 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: January 28, 2014
 
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Santo Bocchinfuso)
 
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation appealed SCSC's order sustaining the appeal of Santo Bocchinfuso to remove him from regular Senior Civil Enginer (Transportation) employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: PennDOT v. Santo Bocchinfuso (PDF).

Unreported
975 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: December 20, 2013
 
Michael J. Mazurkiewicz v.
State Civil Service Commission
( Department of General Services)
 
Michael J. Mazurkiewicz appealed SCSC's order sustaining the action of the Department of General Services to furlough him from regular Surveyor 2 employment. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Michael Mazurkiewicz v. SCSC (PDF).
 

Unreported
1244 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: December 9, 2013
 
Allegheny County Housing Authority v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Y. Beverly Moore)
 
Allegheny County Housing Authority appealed SCSC's order sustaining the appeal of Y. Beverly Moore; reversing her removal as Assistant executive Diector; and directing ACHA to expunge her removal from its records and to reimburse Moore for such wages and emoluments as she would have received from the effective date of her removal. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Allegheny Co. Housing Authority v. Y. Beverly Moore (PDF). 

 
Unreported
1243 CD 2013
Opinion Issued: December 9, 2013
 
Allegheny County Housing Authority v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Mark Mullen)
 
Allegheny County Housing Authority appealed SCSC's order sustaining the appeal of Mark Mullen and directing that he be reinstated as a Facilities Manager and paid the back wages and fringe benefits that he would have recieved from the effective date of his removal. The Court affirmed SCSC's order. Click the link to read the Commwealth Court's decision: Allegheny Co. Housing Authority v. Mark Mullen (PDF).
 

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Supreme Court Decisions


584 MAL 2012
(CCT No. 2104 CD 2011)
Opinion Issued: November 8, 2012
 
Stefano Kiniropoulos v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Northampton County Department of Human Services)
 
Allowance of Appeal was denied. Click the link to read the Supreme Court's decision: Stefano Kiniropoulos v. SCSC (PDF).

684 EAL 2011
(CCT No. 643 CD 2011)
Opinion Issued: May 31, 2012
 
Louis G. Daily v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Northampton County Area Agency on Aging)
 
Allowance of Appeal was denied. Click the link to read the Supreme Court's decision: Louis Daily v. SCSC (PDF).

 
120 MAP 2006
(CCT No. 568 CD 2005)
Opinion Issued: December 27, 2007
 
PA State Corrections Officers Association v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Dennis N. Jenkins, Sr.)
 
Allowance of Appeal was granted to consider whether, with respect to furlough and promotion, the Act and the CBA define and apply seniority differently, and if so, the consequence of any conflict. The Supreme Court, by majority, reversed the Commonwealth Court's decision and reinstated the SCSC's Adjudication dated March 4, 2005 at Appeal No. 22765. Click the link to read the Supreme Court's decision: PA State Correctios Officers Association v. Dennis Jenkins (PDF).

474 MAL 2007
(CCT No. 2178 CD 2005)
Opinion Issued: December 27, 2007
 
Gregory L. Cutler v.
State Civil Service Commission
(Office of Administration)
 
Allowance of Appeal was denied. Click the link to read the Supreme Court's decision: Gregory Cutler v. SCSC (PDF).

 

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