The Pennsylvania Constitution

Bisel Publishing


A Treatise on Rights and Liberties

1 Volume, Hardbound, 1000 pages
Published: May, 2004
Most recent supplement/update: 2019 supplement; released Dec. 2018; $150.00
(Current Subscriber's Price: $121.00)
Library of Congress Number: 2004101732
ISBN: 1-887024-94-8

New For 2019 Supplement


Updates in the areas of:


  • Due Process and Equal Protection
  • Reasonable Expectation of Privacy
  • Search and Seizure
  • Double Jeopardy
  • Substantive and Procedural Law
  • Apportionment
  • Appellate Review

    The publication of this book is the first in 100 years to provide a comprehensive treatment of the State Constitution's individual rights provisions. Organized to correspond to the 28 provisions of the Declaration of Rights, this title allows the reader to gather the critical material necessary to comply with the protocol set forth in the landmark Commonwealth v. Edmunds decision. The treatise proceeds methodically with a treatment of each of the provisions of the Declaration of Rights, assembling detailed history, hard-to-find caselaw, and related caselaw from other states. This is the one indispensable resource tool that provides judges and practitioners with the relevant material to engage in a thorough, scholarly state constitutional analysis with respect to hundreds of important issues.


    With Chapter Authors

    Foreword by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Ralph J. Cappy

    Introductory Chapters
    1. Overview of Pennsylvania Constitutional Law — Ken Gormley
    2. State Constitutional Law: The Building Blocks — Ken Gormley
    3. History of the Pennsylvania Constitution — John Gedid

    Constitutional Provisions
    4. Inherent Rights of Mankind — Elizabeth Wachsman and Ken Gormley
    5. Political Powers — Harry Witte
    6. Religious Freedom — Gary Gildin
    7. Religion — Gary Gildin
    8. Elections — Amy Elizabeth McCall
    9. Trial by Jury — Jessica Rhoades
    10. Protection of Free Expression — Seth Kreimer
    11. Searches and Seizures — David Rudovsky
    12. Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions — Sally Kaye
    13. Initiation of Criminal Proceedings — Jennifer DiGiovanni, Anthony Kovalchick, Leslie Kozler
    14. Courts to Be Open; Suits Against the Commonwealth — Donald Marritz
    15. The Suspension of Laws — Robert Kravetz
    16. Bail, Fines and Punishments — Bruce Ledewitz
    17. Prisoners to Be Bailable; Habeas Corpus — Rebecca Spangler
    18. Special Criminal Tribunals — Amy Constantine
    19. Debtors May Not be Imprisoned in Absence of Fraud — Robert Kravetz
    20. Ex Post Facto Laws; Impairment of Contracts — Richard Cromer
    21. Prohibition Against Bills of Attainder — Robert Kravetz
    22. No Attainder Shall Work Corruption of Blood — Robert Kravetz
    23. Right to Bear Arms — Jeffrey Bauman
    24. Prohibition of Standing Armies; Military Subordinate to Civil Power — Robert Kravetz
    25. No Quartering of Troops — Robert Kravetz
    26. Titles of Nobility — Robert Kravetz
    27. Reservation of Rights Excepted Out of General Powers of Government — Robert Kravetz
    28. No Discrimination by Commonwealth and its Political Subdivisions — Jason Hardiman
    29. Natural Resources and the Public Estate — John Dernbach
    30. Prohibition Against Denial or Abridgement of Equality of Rights Because of Sex — Honorable Phyllis Beck and Patricia Daly

    Miscellaneous Topics
    31. Pennsylvania's Equality Provisions — Robert Williams
    32. Due Process Rights — Frederick Rapone
    33. The Right to Privacy — Seth Kreimer
    34. State Action and the Declaration of Rights — Nancy Burkoff
    35. Amending the Pennsylvania Constitution — Harry Witte