Legal Defense Partnership

Has your township ever found itself embroiled in a court case? Ever wish you had PSATS on your side?

Because court cases set precedents that can affect all Pennsylvania townships, PSATS established the Legal Defense Partnership to support its members in litigating legal disputes. Townships that find themselves involved in appellate-level cases with statewide implications may apply to the Association for assistance.

Click here or on the brochure at right for a look at how the program operates and recent issues the Partnership has addressed on behalf of member townships.

Minimal cost for maximum return

The State Association funds the Legal Defense Partnership through voluntary contributions from member townships. Contributions are population-based and range from $55 to $170 a year — a small price to pay for such a valuable return.

Please note that the Legal Defense Partnership is not an insurance program protecting your township against the possibility of a lawsuit or guaranteeing victory once a case is undertaken.

Case criteria

The Association participates in cases that could have statewide significance and have reached the appellate-level courts.

If the Association decides to participate in a case that meets those criteria, it will file an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief on behalf of the township and work in conjunction with the township’s solicitor throughout the adjudication of the case.

How to participate or seek assistance

To contribute to the Partnership, pay the amount noted on your annual dues statement or call PSATS at (717) 763-0930 for more information.

To request assistance in an appellate-level court case, your solicitor or the board of supervisors should send a letter to PSATS’ executive director outlining the details of the case, along with supporting documents. Upon receipt of your letter, PSATS’ legal counsel will contact you.

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