Rules of Civil Procedure

Single Certificate of Merit Sufficient in Professional Malpractice Action Premised on Vicarious Liability

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has amended the Official Note to Rule of Civil Procedure 1042.3 governing certificates of merit.

By | 2016-04-22T13:36:41+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Single Certificate of Merit Sufficient in Professional Malpractice Action Premised on Vicarious Liability

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.

By | 2015-12-14T10:47:53+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Reinstates Civil Rule Governing Termination of Inactive Cases

Supreme Court Clarifies Procedural Rule Governing Oral Arguments

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.

By | 2015-10-28T09:38:59+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Procedural Rule Governing Oral Arguments

Mechanics’ Lien and Complaint to Enforce Lien can be Filed at Same Docket Number

A complaint to enforce a mechanics’ lien need not be entered at a separate docket and maintained in a file separate from the underlying mechanics’ lien claim, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Terra Technical Services, LLC v. River Station Land, L.P..

By | 2015-10-08T10:10:56+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mechanics’ Lien and Complaint to Enforce Lien can be Filed at Same Docket Number

Supreme Court Amends Rules Governing Actions for Custody of Minor Children

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has announced amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure governing actions for custody of minor children.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:27+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Amends Rules Governing Actions for Custody of Minor Children

Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

On July 7, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted new Rules of Criminal Procedure, and revised and renumbered other Rules, to provide for instructions to prospective and selected jurors concerning the use of personal electronic devices during their service.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

Civil Rules Amended to Provide Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation

By order dated June 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Rules 1951-1959 of Civil Procedure to establish procedures for actions brought under the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act, 42 Pa. C.S. §§62A01-62A20.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Civil Rules Amended to Provide Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation

Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure for Post-Trial Relief in Matters on Remand

By order dated July 2, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted an amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 227.1 to address when a motion for post-trial relief is necessary to preserve issues resolved by a trial court in a remanded matter.

By | 2015-07-10T15:15:53+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure for Post-Trial Relief in Matters on Remand

New Rule Allows Easier Access to Sheriff’s Sale Information

By order dated May 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Rule 3136 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure governing distribution of proceeds from sheriff’s sales.

By | 2015-06-19T11:56:36+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New Rule Allows Easier Access to Sheriff’s Sale Information

Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure on Domestic Relations Matters

By order dated May 6, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced amendments to several Rules of Civil Procedure in domestic relations matters. New Rule 1920.17 governs the discontinuance and withdrawal of a divorce complaint or claim of equitable distribution.