Title 252--ALLEGHENY COUNTY RULES
Rules of Court of Common Pleas; No. 2 of 1998 Rules Docket
[28 Pa.B. 5479]
And Now, to wit, this 13th day of October, 1998, pursuant to action of the Board of Judges and effective thirty days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the following Allegheny County rules of civil procedure are hereby amended by this court:
1531. Special Relief. Injunctions.
1303. Hearing. Notice.
Administrative Order of March 9, 1989 of this court, dealing with arbitration continuances, is hereby vacated, as its subject matter is now covered by Rule 249.
The following new Allegheny County rules of civil procedure are hereby adopted by this court:
212.1. Pre-trial Procedure for all actions in the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Notice of Earliest trial date. Authorizations. Time for completing discovery and filing Pre-trial Statement.
212.2. Pre-trial Statement.
212.3. Conduct of Pre-trial Conference.
Current Rule 212 of this court is hereby rescinded, effective as of the date on which the three new pre-trial rules take effect.
Rule 209 of this court is hereby rescinded, as its subject matter is now covered by Rule 206.7.
Copies of the above new rules and amendments follow.
By the Court
ROBERT E. DAUER,
Rule 212.1. Pre-Trial Procedure for All Actions in the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Notice of Earliest Trial Date. Authorizations. Time for Completing Discovery and Filing Pre-Trial Statement.
(a) Pa. R.Civ.P. 212.1 through 212.3 and Local Rules 212.1 and 212.3 shall apply to all civil actions, both jury and non-jury to be tried in the civil division with the exception of appeals from arbitration.
In these rules, the following words shall have the following meanings:
(1) ''pre-trial conference''--a conference scheduled by the Court in accordance with Pa.R.Civ.P. 212.3, in which in addition to matters set forth in Pa.R.Civ.P. 212.3, the Court shall:
(i) determine whether the parties have complied with this Rule; and
(ii) attempt an amicable settlement of the case;
(2) ''Conciliating Judge''--the judge assigned to conduct the pretrial conference.
(c) Notice of Earliest Trial Date. Time for Completing Discovery and Filing Pre-Trial Statement.
Notices required by Pa.R.Civ.P 212.1 shall be given by publication in the daily edition of the Pittsburgh Legal Journal and notice shall be provided to unrepresented parties and to those out-of-county counsel who submitted notice of their address to the Calendar Control section of the Civil Division at the time the action was placed at issue.
Plaintiff, on or before the date set forth for the completion of discovery in the notice accompanying the publication of the trial list, upon request of any defendant, shall furnish defendant (to the extent he/she has not done so already) with written authorization to copy the records of any health care provider by whom plaintiff was treated for injuries or disabilities complained of, or prior injuries or disabilities, where the same may be relevant.
Rule 212.2. Pre-Trial Statement.
Each party, on or before the date set forth in the notice accompanying the publication of the trial list, shall file and serve upon all other parties a written statement in conformity with the requirements of Pa.R.Civ.P. 212.2.
Rule 212.3. Conduct of Pre-Trial Conference.
(a) The conduct of the pre-trial conference shall be in conformity with Pa.R.Civ.P. 212.3.
(b) Notice of the time, date and conciliating judge for the pre-trial conference shall be provided by publication in the daily edition of the Pittsburgh Legal Journal and notice shall be provided to unrepresented parties and to those out-of-county counsel who submitted notice of their address to the Calendar Control section of the Civil Division at the time the case was placed at issue.
(c) Any application for rescheduling a pre-trial conference shall be addressed to the Conciliating Judge before whom the pre-trial conference is scheduled.
Note: See Local Rule 249 regarding applications to continue the trial of the case.
(d) Unless excused by the Conciliating Judge, each party must be present, except where the real party in interest is an insurance company, common carrier, corporation or other similar entity, in which event, a representative thereof must be present with full authority to settle the case.
(e) The Judge presiding at the pre-trial conference shall transfer to arbitration all cases in which the amount actually in controversy does not exceed the jurisdictional limits of arbitration, except actions which involve title to realty and such other actions and proceedings as are set forth from time to time in Local Rule 1301.
(f) The Judge presiding at the pre-trial conference may impose such sanctions as he/she deems appropriate against counsel and/or the party(s) for failure to comply with this rule.
Note: Pre-trial conferences and other pre-trial procedures in class actions, equity cases, complex cases, or any other cases assigned for trial to a particular Judge may be conducted according to the procedures directed by that Judge.
Rule 1303. Hearing. Notice. Continuances.
(a) (1) Hearings shall be held in the Court House or other County facility. The Prothonotary shall affix the date, time and place of hearing before a Board of Arbitrators by placing said information on the Complaint which is filed and on the copies of the Complaint which are to be served upon all other parties.
(2) The Arbitration Clerk shall assign cases to each Board of Arbitrators and shall designate the room in which the cases are to be heard.
Note: As to Continuances, see Rule A249.
Rule 1531. Special Relief. Injunctions.
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Note: As to subsequent hearings and enforcement, see Rule A249.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-1784. Filed for public inspection October 30, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]
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