FRANKLIN AND FULTON COUNTIES
Amendment of Local Rule of Civil Procedure 39-1910.11; Misc. Doc. Vol. 2007, Page 2002
[37 Pa.B. 2802]
[Saturday, June 23, 2007]
Order of Court
May 31, 2007, it is hereby ordered that Local Rule of Civil Procedure 39-1910.11 is amended as follows, said rule will be effective thirty (30) days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
By the Court
JOHN R. WALKER,
Rule 39-1910.11. Office Conference. Subsequent Proceedings. Order.
39-1910.11(a). Office Conference conducted by Conference Officer. The office conference shall be conducted by a conference officer designated from time to time by the conference officer supervisor and/or the director of Domestic Relations.
39-1910.11(f)(1). Instructions Mailed with Conference Order. The Domestic Relations Section shall mail a copy of ''How to Appeal Your Recently Obtained Support Order,'' to each party with the order entered following the conference at Domestic Relations.
39-1910.11(i)(1). Demand for Appeal Hearing; filing fee. Any party may seek review by the court of the order entered following the conference at Domestic Relations. Review by the court will act as an appeal of the decision made by the conference officer at the Domestic Relations Section. The hearing before the court will be a de novo hearing. An appealing party shall file a written demand for hearing using the form ''Demand for Appeal Hearing,'' attached as Exhibit ''A.'' Except as set forth in subsection (C) below, the party shall pay a $25.00 filing fee to Franklin County Domestic Relations Section at the time of filing the written demand for hearing.
(A) The demand for hearing shall not be accepted and/or scheduled by Domestic Relations if not accompanied by the filing fee.
(B) The filing fee for the written demand for hearing is non-refundable.
(C) If a party is indigent and unable to pay the filing fee, the party must seek leave of court to have the fee waived.
39-1910.11(i)(2). Content of ''Demand for Appeal Hearing.'' The party filing a written demand for hearing shall indicate on the form the reasons or issues the party wishes the court to address at the hearing. The party must select the type of hearing being requested: routine hearing or specially assigned hearing.
(A) Routine Hearing is a hearing that does not need more than 30 minutes to complete and does not address complex questions of law or fact.
(B) Specially Assigned Hearing requires greater than 30 minutes to complete and does address complex questions of law or fact. Pa.R.C.P. 1910.11(j)(2) applies.
(C) Failure of the party to select either a routine hearing or a specially assigned hearing on the ''Demand for Appeal Hearing'' will result in the Domestic Relations Section scheduling the matter for a routine hearing lasting no more than 30 minutes.
39-1910.11(i)(3). Scheduling and Notice. When any party files a written demand for hearing and pays the filing fee, the Domestic Relations Section shall schedule a hearing before the court and give notice to the parties.
39-1910.11(i)(4). Mailing to both parties. When the de novo hearing has been scheduled, the Domestic Relations Section shall mail to the parties a copy of the order scheduling the hearing before the court, a copy of the written demand for hearing, and the form ''Pre-Trial Memorandum for Appeal Hearing,'' attached as Exhibit ''B.''
39-1910.11.(i)(5). Pre-Trial Memorandum for Appeal Hearing. The ''Pre-Trial Memorandum for Appeal Hearing'' shall be filed at Domestic Relations at least seven (7) days before the hearing. The following shall apply:
(A) Failure of the appealing party to file a pre-trial hearing memorandum may be considered an abandonment of claims and a withdrawal of the appeal. The court may impose other sanctions as appropriate.
(B) Failure of the opposing/responding party to file a pre-trial hearing memorandum may be treated as not contesting the appellant's claims and will be deemed a waiver of all other issues on appeal. The court may impose other sanctions as appropriate.
(C) For a routine hearing, the pre-trial hearing memorandum shall contain the following: an explanation of each issue you expect to raise at the hearing; a description of the facts you plan to prove related to the support action; identification of witnesses and the facts to which each witness will testify; a description of exhibits other than those required by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure; and the relief being sought.
(D) For a specially assigned hearing, the pre-trial hearing memorandum shall contain in addition to all the items listed in Rule 39-1910.11(i)(5)(C), the following information: identification of legal authority (statutes, court cases, or rules) relating to the party's position on each issue raised; and an indication of the length of hearing needed to present all the evidence and witnesses' testimony for both sides of the support action.
39-1910.11(i)(6). Distribution of Copies. Upon receiving the parties' ''Pre-Trial Memorandum for Appeal Hearing,'' the Domestic Relations Section shall mail copies of the same to each party prior to the hearing before the court.
39-1910.11(j)(2). Discovery. When a hearing has been assigned a special time, discovery is available in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 4001 through 4025. See Pa.R.C.P. 1910.11(j)(2). If discovery has been conducted, parties shall attach a statement of what discovery has been sought and responded to, shall identify issues related to failure to make discovery requested or failure to adequately respond, and shall suggest to the court whether the court should or should not review discovery prior to the de novo hearing.
Adopted by Order of Court dated December 7, 1993 and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin Vol. 23, Number 52, December 25, 1993. Amended ______ , effective ______ and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin Vol. ____ , Number ____ , ______ .
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-1079. Filed for public inspection June 22, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]
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