By order dated October 28, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Pa. R.C.P. 1915.4-4, which governs pre-trial procedures in custody cases. The amended rule requires an affirmation by counsel or a self-represented party that there was actual communication with each witness about the witness’s testimony. In its Explanatory Comment, the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee explained that the amendment will help to achieve the primary goal of settling all or part of a case by ensuring that counsel has a thorough knowledge of the case, including the substance of anticipated witness testimony.
This amendment is effective January 1, 2016.