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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-736



Local Rules Relating to Compulsory Arbitration; Misc. Doc. No. 60082 for 2000

[30 Pa.B. 2222]


   And now, this 4th day of April, 2000, the Court hereby promulgates Local Rules of Court relating to compulsory arbitration for Bedford County, comprising the 57th Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective thirty (30) days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin at which time all previously adopted local rules relating to compulsory arbitration are rescinded.

By the Court

President Judge


Rule L 1301.  Scope.

   1.  All cases which are at issue, where the amount in controversy is $25,000.00 or less, exclusive of interest and costs, except those issues involving title to real estate, equity actions, actions upon penal statutes and other actions which do not involve the recovery of money damages only shall be submitted to and heard and decided by a board of arbitrators which shall be composed of three (3) members of the Bar of the 57th Judicial District. The amount in controversy shall be determined solely from the pleadings or by an agreement of the parties.

   2.  Cases which are not at issue and whether or not suit has been filed may be placed on the arbitration list by agreement of reference in writing signed by counsel for all parties in the case. Said agreement shall define the issues involved for determination by the board and, when agreeable, shall also contain stipulations with respect to facts submitted or agreed or defenses waived. In such cases, the agreement of reference shall take the place of pleadings and shall be filed of record in the Office of the Prothonotary and shall be assigned a number.

Rule L 1302.  List of Arbitrators; Appointment of Board; Compensation.

   1.  The Prothonotary of Bedford County shall maintain a list of available arbitrators in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Rules of Civil Procedure.

   2.  The Prothonotary of Bedford County shall make all appointments of arbitrators in cases being submitted to compulsory arbitration, subject to the applicable provisions of the Rules of Civil Procedure.

   3.  The chairman of a board of arbitration shall be paid the sum of $150.00 by the County of Bedford. Each other member shall be paid the sum of $100.00 by the County of Bedford. In cases requiring hearing of unusual duration or involving questions of unusual complexity, the Court, on petition of the members of the board, and for cause shown, may allow additional compensation.

Rule L 1303.  Hearing; Notice.

   1.  The person designated as the chairman of a board of arbitration shall fix the date, time and place of the hearing and shall provide notice of the hearing in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Rules of Civil Procedure.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-736. Filed for public inspection May 5, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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