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Court of Common Pleas

Honorable Denise M. Bowman

Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-348-6709

Court of Common Pleas

Standard Operating Procedures

Courtroom Procedures Generally

  1. Please know and follow the applicable Pennsylvania Rules and the Bucks County Local Rules.
  2. There should be a heightened sense of civility in the courtroom at all times.  All attorneys are to be civil to one another and to all parties and witnesses.  When in Court, attorneys and parties should refer to each other, Court personnel, and/or anyone else in the Courtroom, by their last name or title only (Mr. Jones, Ms. Smith, defense counsel, etc.).
  3. Counsel and unrepresented parties are generally expected to stand when addressing the Court.  When speaking, counsel and unrepresented parties shall address the Court, not the opposing party or counsel.
  4. The Court welcomes submission of legal authority, either by memo or by copies of relevant cases, statutes, etc.  Please bring a copy for Judge Bowman, her law clerk, and provide a copy of any such submissions to opposing counsel and/or parties who are unrepresented.
  5. The Court prefers parties to exchange and pre-mark exhibits before a trial or a hearing begins.  Therefore, if they have not already done so, the parties should arrive in Court early and confer with one another regarding the exhibits.  It is the duty and responsibility of the litigants to bring sufficient copies of all exhibits.
  6. The Court believes that the parties should be able to stipulate to many facts, and, therefore, at the beginning of the case or controversy, the parties should precisely set forth, to the Court, the following:
    1. Subject matter and nature of the dispute;
    2. Stipulations of fact which are necessary to develop a record, but which are not contested; and
    3. A precise statement as to what is being contested and each party’s position regarding each matter contested.
  7. Objections should be stated formally and responded to formally.
  8. Until further notice, all Counsel and parties are required to wear masks in the courtroom.
Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
Bucks County Justice Center

100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901