Is Taking One Appeal from Several Judgements Acceptable ?
In Commonwealth v. Swift, 667 A.2d 477 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1995) an owner was charged and convicted on two summary criminal complaints for alleged multiple violations of county health department regulations regarding a single parcel.
The district court addressed charges on the two docket numbers at one hearing.
The owner filed one appeal, and at the hearing de novo the trial court granted the solicitor's motion to quash because only one appeal was filed.
This Court stated that generally taking one appeal from several judgments is not acceptable.
It cited former Pa. R. Crim. P. 82(b), predecessor to Rule 453(B), and stated that the owner was charged in two criminal complaints with offenses arising from one continuous episode, that the second included in part violations alleged in the first and that if the appeal were quashed the owner would be precluded from filing an appeal.