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Calendar Office - Civil and Criminal
This office is responsible for the management and distribution of the monthly court calendar, courtroom assignments and the scheduling of a variety of both criminal and civil proceedings listed below:
Omnibus Trial / Arbitration Praecipe (Civil):
Omnibus Praecipe for Arbitration, Hearing or Trial
In order to have a case listed for arbitration or trial, jury or non-jury, an Omnibus Praecipe will need to be filed with the Civil Prothonotary’s Office located on the 1st Floor of the Bucks County Justice Center. Please be certain to complete the Omnibus Praecipe in its entirety, including all parties, represented and unrepresented, accurate and current contact information. Failure to supply complete contact information, including email address, mailing address and current phone number will result in the Praecipe to be returned to you for correction and/or completion. Once the Calendar Office has received/accepted the Praecipe, the hearing or trial will be scheduled. Accurate contact information is required for the Pre-trial Order to be mailed to all parties.
Once the correct and complete Omnibus Praecipe has been filed, the case will be listed within 6-8 weeks. Incorrect and incomplete praecipes will be returned to the filing party. The case will not be listed until the corrected praecipe is returned.
Estimated Length of proceeding: The estimate of how long your requested proceeding will take to complete is required. This information will assist our office when making all of the necessary provisions to accommodate the scheduling of all proceedings.
(Civil) Date Certain Trial Requests:
All requests for Date Certain Trials shall be submitted in writing to Ms. Sherri A. Wohrle, Assistant Court Administrator, Calendar Office, to the email address or fax number listed below.
Upon receipt of a party’s request, Ms. Wohrle will contact the requesting party and provide dates for scheduling a conference call with Ms. Wohrle and all counsel to select a Date Certain Trial and discuss the Date Certain Case Management Order deadlines in coordination with the selected trial date. Once the Date Certain Case Management Order is entered, a Letter of Attachment will also be entered, attaching all counsel in Bucks County for this special listing.
Qualifications for obtaining a Date Certain Trial listing are: Agreement of all parties for a date certain, length of trial (5 or more days), and multiple experts and/or out of town witnesses. Continuances of a Date Certain Trial are only considered when unavoidable and or emergency situations arise. All requests for continuances must be submitted in writing to Sherri Wohrle, Court Administration, Calendar Office. The written request shall provide the position of all parties regarding the request.
If the continuance is not granted and a new Date Certain Trial Date is not provided, parties may request to strike the matter from the scheduled trial listing and file a new Trial Praecipe to list the case on the general trial list. Please advise the Calendar Office of any request as soon as possible so that the reserved date can be made available to others requesting a Date Certain Trial Listing.
If your case should settle prior to the scheduled Date Certain listing, kindly notify the Calendar Office immediately for scheduling and other administrative purposes.
Criminal & Civil Continuance Request Procedure
Criminal Continuance Request Form
All continuance requests must be made in writing and must include the reason for the request, the position of all counsel, represented and unrepresented parties and the number of times this matter has been continued. Continuances are only considered for good cause. Agreement of both/all parties is not a valid reason for a continuance. Continuances are not granted in order to complete video depositions. Depositions are to be completed prior to the commencement of the trial session.
When submitting a request for a continuance in a criminal matter, the position of the District Attorney must be obtained. Attorneys must enter their appearance in the Clerk of Courts Office prior to submitting a request for a continuance. Any request made by counsel who has not entered an appearance on behalf of a defendant seeking a continuance will NOT be considered. The unrepresented defendant must appear at the scheduled event. If the unrepresented party fails to appear, a Bench Warrant shall be issued.
Please be advised that all continuance requests must be submitted no later than 2:00 PM the day prior to the scheduled event. Please submit any and all requests as soon as possible and try to avoid last minute requests. When possible, please allow 24 hours for the Calendar Office to respond to your request.
The deadline for requesting a continuance on a Summary Appeal matter is 1 week prior to the scheduled hearing.
All requests for continuances shall be submitted in writing to:
Sherri A. Wohrle
Assistant Court Administrator - Calendar Office: Criminal & Civil
Bucks County Justice Center, 2nd Floor
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday