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Civil Action Rules 1018.1(c)*(1) to 1219.5*(d)

Rule 1018.1(c)*(1) Notice to Defend
Rule 1023.1(b)(1)

The agency to be contacted for legal help as provided in Pa.R.C.P. 1018.1(b) is:

Bucks County Bar Association
135 East State Street, P.O. Box 300
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 348-9413 or 1-(800)-273-2929

Any future changes in the designated telephone numbers may be effected by publishing the change in the Bucks County Law Reporter for four consecutive weeks without further order of the Court.

Any future changes in the designated telephone numbers may be effected by publishing the change in the Bucks County Law Reporter for four consecutive weeks without further order of the Court.

Rule 1021*(e) Claim for Money Damages. Amount. Interest. Account. Exceptions

When in a civil action a judgment has been entered directing the defendant to account to the plaintiff, the defendant shall, within thirty days (unless the Court shall for cause shown allow a longer time) state the account and file the statement thereof in the office of the prothonotary, giving notice forthwith to the attorney of record for plaintiff, or, if none, to the plaintiff, that this has been done. Within thirty days after such notification, the plaintiff, if dissatisfied with the statement of account filed by the defendant, shall file exceptions thereto and move for the appointment of an auditor to hear and report upon the questions of fact and law raised by the exceptions. If the defendant shall for any reason fail to file a statement of account within thirty days, or such longer period as the Court may fix, the court may, on motion of the plaintiff, appoint an auditor to state the account between the parties upon the basis of such evidence as may be submitted to him. The auditor shall give two weeks' notice in writing to the parties or their attorneys of record of the time and place fixed for hearing the matter, but notice thereof is not to be given by public advertisement.

When the auditor has prepared his report, notice that it is ready for filing shall be given to the attorneys of record for the parties or, if none, to the parties. Exceptions thereto must be filed with him within ten days after such notice has been received. If exceptions are filed, the auditor shall, with his report as originally prepared, report supplementally on the exceptions. When the auditor's report has been filed, the Court, after hearing argument on the exceptions thereto, will enter such order or judgment as to justice and right may appertain.

Rule 1023.1(b)(1)  Signing of Documents

(a)  Except as permitted by subsection (b) below, all legal papers submitted to the Prothonotary for filing via mail or hand delivery shall bear the original handwritten signature of the filing attorney or party (“the filing party”). 

(b)  Photocopies of legal papers bearing the original handwritten signature of the filing party will be accepted for filing as permitted by Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.3(a). 

(c)  Documents submitted to the Prothonotary for filing via mail or hand delivery that contain an electronically stored and inserted image of, or a digitally reproduced or created copy of, the signature of the filing party, will not be accepted for filing or acted upon by the Court.

Note:  For signature requirements for legal papers submitted for filing using the Electronic Filing System, see B.C.R.C.P. No. 205.4(f)(3)

Rule 1024*(d) Attorney Executing Verification

No attorney who holds the office of notary public or district justice shall take an affidavit to any pleading, petition or other paper in any suit or court proceeding in which he or anyone in his firm is counsel.

Rule 1024*(e) Dating of Verification

Every verification shall be dated as of the date of its execution.

Rule 1029*(e) Book Accounts-Copy-Demand for Production of Books

In actions in which book accounts may be offered in evidence, if a copy thereof is attached to any pleading, it shall not be necessary to produce the books at the trial, unless a responsive pleading shall allege that the account or copy is incorrect, stating particulars, or that the books are not books of original entry, and shall demand the production of the books at the trial; otherwise, the copy shall be admitted as evidence without further proof.

Rule 1033*(a) Amendment

Unless otherwise permitted by agreement of the parties or by leave of court, pleadings amended before trial shall be executed, verified and filed in their amended form. Amendments to pleadings allowed at the trial need not be executed, verified and filed. Whenever a pleading is required to be attached to any brief or other document, it shall be set forth as amended to date.

Rule 1034(a) - Procedure for the Disposition of Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings.

Motions for judgment on the pleadings shall be submitted to and decided by the court pursuant to B. C. R. C. P. No. 208.3(b).

Rule 1219.5*(d) Domestic Relations

The provisions of Bucks County Rule of Criminal Procedure 5001 are incorporated herein by reference as though they were fully set forth.