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210 Pa. Code Rule 1973. Discontinuance.

Rule 1973. Discontinuance.

 (a)  General rule.—An appellant may discontinue an appeal or other matter as to all appellees as a matter of course until 14 days after the date on which the appellee’s principal brief is due, or thereafter by leave of court upon application. A discontinuance may not be entered by appellant as to less than all appellees except by stipulation for discontinuance signed by all the parties, or by leave of court upon application. Discontinuance by one appellant shall not affect the right of any other appellant to continue the appeal.

 (b)  Filing of discontinuance.—If an appeal has not been docketed, the appeal may be discontinued in the lower court. Otherwise all papers relating to the discontinuance shall be filed in the appellate court and the appellate prothonotary shall give written notice of the discontinuance in person or by first class mail to the prothonotary or clerk of the lower court or to the clerk of the government unit, to the persons named in the proof of service accompanying the appeal or other matter and to the Administrative Office. If an appeal has been docketed in the appellate court, the prothonotary or clerk of the lower court or the clerk of the government unit shall not accept a praecipe to discontinue the action until it has received notice from the appellate court prothonotary or certification of counsel that all pending appeals in the action have been discontinued.

   Official Note

   When leave of court is required for discontinuance, the appellant must file an application for relief pursuant to Pa.R.A.P. 123. Prompt discontinuance of an appeal once there is a reason to do so promotes efficient use of judicial resources.


   The provisions of this Rule 1973 amended December 30, 1987, effective January 16, 1988 and shall govern all matters thereafter commenced and, insofar as just and practicable, matters then pending, 18 Pa.B. 245; amended November 19, 2013, effective December 20, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 7074. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (368243).

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