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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 06-2307



Consolidated Rules of Court; No. 54 Miscellaneous 2006

[36 Pa.B. 7129]
[Saturday, November 25, 2006]

Adopting Order

   Now, this 31st day of October, 2006, it is hereby Ordered:

   1.  The following designated Somerset County Rule of Civil Procedure 1301 (Som.R.C.P. 1301) Arbitration. Jurisdiction Limits, a copy of which follows, is hereby adopted as a Rule of this Court, effective thirty (30) days after publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin:

   2.  The Somerset County Court Administrator is directed to:

   A.  File seven (7) certified copies of this Order and the Rule with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

   B.  Distribute two (2) certified copies of this Order and the Rule, along with a diskette or CD, to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   C.  File one (1) certified copy of this Order and the Rule with the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee.

   D.  File proof of compliance with this Order in the docket for this Rule, which shall include a copy of each transmittal letter.

By the Court

President Judge



Som.R.C.P. 1301 Arbitration.  Jurisdiction Limits.

   All civil actions for the recovery of money or personal property shall first be submitted to arbitration before a board of three members of the Bar of this Court, except: (i) actions which involve title to real property, and (ii) actions in which the amount in controversy, exclusive of interest and costs, exceeds [$25,000.00] $50,000.00.

   Note:  See Judicial Code § 7361, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 7361. The authorized arbitration limit was $5,000.00 until increased to $10,000.00 by Act No. 1980-38. The authorized limit was increased to $25,000.00 by Act No. 1992-25. The authorized arbitration limit was increased to $50,000.00 by Act No. 2006-41.

   Regarding referral of replevin to arbitration, see explanatory note 1981 to Pa.R.C.P. 1301.

   On arbitration limits, see Goncher v. Brant, 29 Somerset Legal Journal, 332, 340 (1974) and Reffner v. Tipton, No. 2, 30 Somerset Legal Journal 269 (1974).

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-2307. Filed for public inspection November 22, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]

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