Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 211 has been amended to reflect appellate court rulings qualifying a party’s right to orally argue a motion before a trial court. Under the new Rule 211, a party may request oral argument, and the trial court has discretion to require oral argument, whether requested or not, or to dispose of any motion without oral argument. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order approving the amendments was filed October 26, 2015, along with an Explanatory Comment by the Civil Procedural Rules Committee. New Rule 211 is effective January 1, 2016.
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