Rule 226. Points for Charge. Motion for Directed Verdict.
(a) Points upon which the trial judge is requested to charge the jury shall be so framed that each may be completely answered by a simple affirmation or negation. Attorneys shall hand copies of requested points for charge to the trial judge and to the opposing attorneys before the closing addresses to the jury are begun. A requested point for charge that was presented to the trial judge becomes part of the record when the point is read into the record, or filed in the office of the prothonotary prior to filing a motion for post-trial relief regarding the requested point for charge.
An appellate court will not review an objection to a ruling of a trial court regarding a point for charge unless the point for charge was (1) presented to the court and (2) made a part of the record by either reading the point into the record or filing it in the office of the prothonotary prior to filing a motion for post-trial relief.
(b) At the close of all the evidence, the trial judge may direct a verdict upon the oral or written motion of any party.
Adopted September 8, 1938, effective March 20, 1939; Amended through October 19, 1983, effective January 1, 1984, 13 Pa.B. 3629; amended July 10, 2008, effective September 1, 2009. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (333796) and (305179).
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