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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-168



L-1303--Hearing, Notice Continuance, Call of the List; No. 2000-1

[32 Pa.B. 556]


   And Now, this 28th day of November, 2001; It Is Hereby Ordered that the above-stated Washington County Local Civil Rule be amended as follows.

   This rule shall become effective thirty days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

President Judge

L-1303.  Hearing, Notice, Continuance, Call of the List.

   a.  The hearing date assigned to an arbitration case shall not be less than 120 nor more than 150 days from the date of filing.

   b.  Continuances shall be granted by the Court upon cause shown. There shall be no continuances granted on the date of the hearing except for emergencies

   c.  A $25.00 fee shall be charged for continuances. No continuance shall be granted without payment of required fee unless waived by the Court. Proof of payment shall be attached to the Motion when presented.

   [c]  d.  If a continuance has not been obtained and neither the plaintiff nor the defendant nor counsel for either appears, the case shall be dismissed and will not be rescheduled for arbitration. In order to maintain the litigation, the plaintiff must enter an appeal and proceed in accordance with L-1308.

   When the defendant has not been served, a continuance is necessary to keep the case active.

   [d]  e.  In a complex case, the Court, upon motion, may order the Court Administrator to schedule the case to a date certain and shall have a Board of Arbitrators appointed to hear such case.

   [e]  f.  On the date of hearing, the Court Administrator shall call the list at the place designated by the Court Administrator at 9:15 a.m. for the morning session and again at 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon session. All parties and counsel shall be present at the appointed time and respond ''ready'' or ''not ready'' when called. The Court Administrator shall assign ''ready'' cases to Boards of Arbitration and designate the room in which the cases are to be heard. They shall be assigned in order in which they appear on the list and in which they are ''ready'' to proceed. There shall be a second call of the list at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-168. Filed for public inspection February 1, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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