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MARGARET WICKER v. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION (06/01/83)

decided: June 1, 1983.

MARGARET WICKER, APPELLANT
v.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, APPELLEE



Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in case of Margaret Wicker v. Civil Service Commission, No. 2276.

COUNSEL

Margaret Wicker, appellant, for herself.

Alan J. Davis, City Solicitor, with him Reba C. Smallwood, Deputy City Solicitor, for appellee.

Judges Blatt, Williams, Jr. and Craig, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Williams, Jr. Judge Craig concurs in the result only.

Author: Williams

[ 74 Pa. Commw. Page 549]

This is an appeal from the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County affirming a Philadelphia Civil Service Commission (Commission) decision upholding appellant's dismissal*fn1 from her clerk-stenographer

[ 74 Pa. Commw. Page 550]

II position at Philadelphia General Hospital.*fn2 This appeal was submitted on briefs without oral argument.*fn3

Section 8(b) of the Local Agency Law,*fn4 2 Pa. C.S. ยง 754(b), limits our scope of review in appeals of this nature. Thus, we must affirm the Commission's adjudication unless appellant's constitutional rights were violated, an error of law was committed, the provisions of the Local Agency Law were violated in the Commission's proceedings, or the findings of fact are not supported by substantial evidence. Foley v. Philadelphia Civil Service Commission, 55 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 594, 597, 423 A.2d 1352, 1353 (1980).

Unfortunately, because of numerous substantial defects in appellant's brief, defects which greatly impair our ability to conduct meaningful appellate review, we are constrained to quash this appeal without reaching the merits. In quashing an appeal because of a substantially defective brief, the Superior Court wisely noted:

We decline to become appellant's counsel. When issues are not properly raised and developed in briefs, when the briefs are wholly inadequate to present specific issues for review, a court will not consider the merits thereof. (Citations omitted.)

[ 74 Pa. Commw. Page 551]

Commonwealth v. Sanford, 299 Pa. Superior Ct. 64, 67, 445 A.2d 149, 150 (1982) (citations omitted); see Page 551} also, In Re: Condemnation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, of Right of Way for Legislative Route 480320 etc., Pa. Commonwealth Ct. , A.2d (708 C.D. 1981, filed April 13, 1983); Commonwealth v. Taylor, Pa. Superior Ct. ...


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