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Administrative Order No. 29 In re: Termination of Cases Under Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration 1901

1. Commencing on the effective date of this order, and thereafter on the fourth Monday of each month, the court administrator shall compile a list of all pending civil matters, exclusive of non-support and custody proceedings, in which there has been no activity reported on the docket for a period of more than two years prior to the last day of the month immediately preceding the month in which the list is compiled.

2. The court administrator shall give written notice to all counsel of record and to any unrepresented parties that the matter will be terminated 30 days from the date of said notice in accordance with the provisions of Pa.R.J.A. 1901, unless a certification of active status is filed before the termination date. Said notice shall contain the caption of the matter, together with the date and nature of the last activity recorded on the docket. Said notices shall be sent by regular mail to the last known address of the addressees.

3. Any filing of a certification of active status shall be accompanied by such filing fee as may be allowed by law to be charged by the Office of the prothonotary in accordance with the prevailing fee bill of said office.

4. If any such notices are returned by the postal authorities as undelivered for any reason, the court administrator shall prepare a list of the cases involved and cause the same to be published one time in the Bucks County Law Reporter, together with a notice that said cases will be terminated 30 days after the date on which the list is published. Cost of publication shall be borne by the Office of the prothonotary.

5. After the expiration of the 30 day periods referred to in paragraphs (2) and (4) of this Rule, the court administrator shall provide the prothonotary with a list of all cases to be terminated and it shall then be the duty of the prothonotary to mark the dockets accordingly; thereafter, no action shall be recorded in any terminated matter except by leave of Court upon cause shown.

6. Any application to reactivate any matter terminated in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (5) shall be submitted to and decided by the assigned Judge. Said application shall be made by petition and rule. The Court, in acting upon any such application, may proceed solely on the basis of the petition, if no answer has been filed. If an answer has been filed, the application should proceed in accordance with the provisions of Pa.R.C.P. 209 and B.C.R.C.P. *266. No order authorizing reactivation of any matter terminated pursuant to these Rules shall be effective except upon payment of the prevailing fee for commencement of actions chargeable by the Office of the prothonotary.

7. The court administrator shall notify the state court administrator of the number of cases so terminated in the Case Activity Reports submitted by him for the month of December each year.