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Rule 205

Rule 205.2(a) - Physical Characteristics of Pleadings and Other Legal Papers.

(1) Legal papers in civil proceedings shall be filed in the Office of the Prothonotary.

(2) All legal papers requiring action by a judge shall be backed with a backer at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size.

(3) All legal papers shall contain in their caption the docket number of the action including the numerical identifier of the assigned judge.

Rule 205.2(b) - Cover Sheets on Pleadings and Other Legal Papers.

Every initial filing commencing an action, appeal or miscellaneous application in the civil division of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas shall be accompanied by an informational cover sheet in such form as may be prescribed by the Prothonotary. This cover sheet may collect such information as the names of parties and counsel, the nature of the matter being filed, the amount in controversy and such other miscellaneous information as may assist the Court in the administration of its dockets.

The failure to file this form or the failure to file the form correctly or completely may result in an order imposing sanctions.

Note: This form can be found online at this link. Copies may also be obtained by calling the Office of the Prothonotary at 215 348-6191.

Bucks County Rule 205.4(f)(3) - Signature

(a)   The electronic filing of legal papers by a filing attorney or party (“the filing party”) utilizing the user name and password associated with the filing party by the Electronic Filing System shall be deemed the filing party's signature on the legal papers submitted and shall constitute a certification by the filing party:

(i)   that the original hard copy of the legal paper was properly signed, and where applicable, verified pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.4(b)(3)(i), subject to the sanctions provided by Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.4(b)(5);

(ii)   that the original hard copy of the legal paper is being maintained as provided by Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.4(b)(4), subject to the sanctions provided by Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.4(b)(5);

(iii)  as provided by Pa.R.C.P. No. 1023.1(c) governing Signing of Documents, violation of which shall be subject, pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. No. 1023.1(d), to the sanctions provided by Pa.R.C.P. No. 1023.4; and

(iv)  if the filing party is an attorney, of the filing party's right to practice in the Commonwealth and of authorization to file the legal paper, as provided in Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.1.

(b)  All legal papers submitted for filing using the Electronic Filing System must identify the filing party by name in a signature block placed at the conclusion of the legal paper.  Legal papers which identify the filing party as a person other than the registered filer under whose user name the legal paper is submitted will not be accepted for filing by the Prothonotary.

(c)  Verifications, affidavits and any other documents included in an electronically filed legal paper that are signed by a person other than the filing party shall be manually signed, scanned in .pdf format, and attached to or included as part of the electronically filed legal paper.

(d)  Documents requiring the signatures of more than one party, including documents signed by more than one party in counterparts (e.g., stipulations) shall be manually signed, scanned in .pdf format, and attached to or included as part of the electronically filed legal paper.

 Note: For signature requirements for legal papers submitted for filing via mail or hand delivery, see B.C.R.C.P. No. 1023.1(b)(1).