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Petition Practice and Pleading 

Rule 3.1A     Petitions Generally

Petitions and applications requiring action by the court shall be filed with the clerk. The clerk shall enter on the document the date and time filed and shall assign to each new matter a file number. The file number and the name of the matter shall be included in the caption of all papers filed in court or in the clerk’s office.

Rule 3.5A    Mode of Proceeding on Petition

The procedures set forth in Bucks County Rule of Civil Procedure 206.4(c), relating to the mode of proceeding on rules to show cause, are applicable in the Orphans’ Court Division.

This applies in situations where personal jurisdiction has already been established through citation practice and a citation is not required by Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules or Pennsylvania Statutes.

Rule 3.7A    Time for Filing and Service of Responsive Pleadings

If a responsive pleading is filed which raises disputed issues of material fact, any party may, thereafter, file a motion for hearing to determine the disputed factual issues. If a responsive pleading is filed which raises only questions of law, the parties shall follow the procedures set forth in Bucks County Rule of Civil Procedure 208.3(b).

Rule 3.9A    Preliminary Objections

If a responsive pleading is filed which raises disputed issues of material fact, any party may, thereafter, file a motion for hearing to determine the disputed factual issues. If a responsive pleading is filed which raises only questions of law, the parties shall follow the procedures set forth in Bucks County Rule of Civil Procedure 208.3(b).