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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-101



Amendment of Local Civil Rules 1001.0 and 1018.1; S-2228-16

[47 Pa.B. 311]
[Saturday, January 21, 2017]

Order of Court

And Now, this 29th day of December, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., the Court hereby adopts the following amended Local Rules of Civil Procedure for use in the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Twenty-First Judicial District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 The Schuylkill County District Court Administrator is Ordered and Directed to do the following:

 1) File one (1) copy of this Order and Rule with the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts via email to

 2) File two (2) paper copies of this Order and Rule and a computer diskette containing the text of the local rules to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 3) Publish a copy of the local rule on the Schuylkill County Court website at

 4) Incorporate the local rule into the set of local rules on within thirty (30) days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 5) File one (1) copy of the local rule in the Office of the Schuylkill County Prothonotary for public inspection and copying.

 6) Forward one (1) copy to the Law Library of Schuylkill County for publication in the Schuylkill Legal Record.

By the Court

President Judge

Schuylkill County Rules of Civil Procedure

Rule 1001.0(b). Mediation.

 (b) Procedure for Mediation in Non-Jury Civil Trials, Civil Jury Trial and Cases Subject to Arbitration. Parties and their attorneys in all civil cases which will result in a non-jury civil trial, civil jury trial or arbitration may mutually elect to pursue mediation at any point before a case is listed for trial or arbitration.

Rule 1018.1(d). Notice to Defend. Form.


 The Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County believe that mediation of lawsuits is a very important component of dispute resolution. Virtually all lawsuits can benefit in some manner from mediation.

 The Court has adopted Schuylkill County Local Rule 1001.0 to encourage the use of mediation. This early alert enables litigants to determine the best time during the life of their lawsuit for a mediation session. The intent of this early alert is to help the parties act upon the requirement to consider good faith mediation at the optimal time.

 The Schuylkill County Bar Association provides mediation services and can be reached at (570) 628-1235.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-101. Filed for public inspection January 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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