Supreme Court Reinstates Civil Rule Governing Termination of Inactive Cases

By order dated December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated Rule of Civil Procedure 230.2, which allowed courts to terminate cases that have been inactive for two or more years. According to the Civil Procedural Rules Committee’s Explanatory Comment, “[t]he amendments have streamlined the procedure for the trial court to conduct an administrative purge of inactive cases, and are intended to ensure that the civil dockets reflect the current inventory of active cases, while encouraging attorneys to expeditiously litigate their cases.” Inter alia, amended Rule 230.2 requires a court to conduct an administrative purge at least once a year, allows for the notice of proposed termination to be served electronically, and precludes reinstatement of a terminated case that has been previously reinstated. The new rule is effective December 31, 2016.

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