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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-894




Local Rule (1205); 1996-1335

[52 Pa.B. 3421]
[Saturday, June 18, 2022]

Order of Court

And Now, this 3rd day of June, 2022, it is hereby Ordered and Decreed, that effective thirty (30) days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas adopts local rule 1205:

Rule 1205. Electronic Filing and Service of Juvenile Court Legal Papers.

 A. The Cumberland County Clerk of Courts Office and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) agreed upon an implementation plan for PACFile in Cumberland County for certain Juvenile Court filings. Legal papers may be filed electronically using the PACFile electronic filing system pursuant to Pa.R.J.P. 1205. Electronic filing is permissive and not mandatory.

 B. As used in this rule, the following words shall have the following meanings:

 i. ''electronic filing,'' the electronic submission of legal papers by means other than facsimile transmission and the acceptance of the document by the clerk of courts;

 ii. ''filing party,'' an attorney or other person who files a legal paper by means of electronic filing;

 iii. ''legal paper,'' a pleading or other submission to the court, including motions, answers, notices, or other documents, of which filing is required or permitted, including orders, copies of exhibits, and attachments. The following documents are excluded from the definition of ''legal paper'' and are therefore prohibited from being filed electronically:

 1. Submissions filed ex parte as authorized by law;

 2. exhibits offered into evidence, whether or not admitted, in a court proceeding.

 3. Notices of Appeal, which must be filed directly with the Clerk of Courts in physical paper format.

 iv. ''original document,'' a legal paper filed electronically shall be deemed the original document, but copies of exhibits electronically filed do not constitute the original of the exhibit for evidentiary purposes; and

 v. ''the system,'' the PACFile electronic filing system, developed and administered by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, is the exclusive system for electronic filing.

 C. Attorneys or self-represented parties who file legal papers electronically must establish a PACFile account using the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal. Pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Juvenile Court Procedure 1205(D)(2), the establishment of a PACFile account constitutes consent to participate in electronic filing, including acceptance of service electronically of any document filed using PACFile.

 D. All filings shall comply with the Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania.

 E. Service of Legal Papers.

 a. Attorneys or self-represented parties who are unable or unwilling to participate in electronic filing of documents are permitted to file and serve the legal papers in a physical paper format and be served legal papers in a physical format which were electronically filed. Attorneys or self-represented parties who file a proposed court order electronically or in a physical paper format must include a complete distribution legend listing the names and addresses of all parties required to be served with a paper copy.

 b. Service of legal papers on any attorney or party who has not established an account as provided in subsection (C) of this rule shall be made in accordance with Pa.R.J.C.P. 1167(B) and 1345(B). This applies to the service of court orders which shall be served by the Clerk of Courts. Orders in need of distribution to parties not automatically served via PACFile must be filed with the Clerk of Courts office with a complete distribution legend listing the names and addresses of all parties required to be served with a paper copy.

 The Cumberland County District Court Administrator is Ordered and Directed to do the following:

 1. File one (1) copy to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts via email to

 2. File two (2) paper copies and one (1) electronic copy in a Microsoft Word format only to with the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 3. Publish these Rules on the Cumberland County Court website at

 4. Incorporate the local rule into the set of local rules on within thirty (30) days after the publication of the local rule in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 5. File one (1) copy of the local rule in the appropriate filing office for public inspection and copying.

 6. Forward one (1) copy to the Cumberland Law Journal.

By the Court

President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-894. Filed for public inspection June 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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