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234 Pa. Code Rule 577. Procedures Following Filing of Motion.

Rule 577. Procedures Following Filing of Motion.

 (A)  Following the filing of a motion,

   (1)  if the judge determines an answer is necessary, the court may order a written answer, or it may order an oral response at the time of a hearing or argument on a motion. Any written order shall be filed, a docket entry made, and served by the clerk of courts pursuant to Rule 114(B), (C), and (D).

   (2)  If the judge determines the motion requires a hearing or argument, the court or the court administrator shall schedule the date and time for the hearing or argument. Pursuant to Rule 114(B)(2), notice of the date and time for the hearing or argument shall be served by the clerk of courts, unless the president judge has designated the court or court administrator to serve these notices.

 (B)  The judge promptly shall dispose of any motion.

 (C)  Unified Practice

   Any local rule that is inconsistent with the provisions of this rule is prohibited, including any local rule requiring a personal appearance as a prerequisite to a determination of whether a hearing or argument is scheduled.


   In all cases, the notice of the date and time of the hearing or argument must be filed and served, and docket entries made, as required by Rule 114.

   Paragraph (C), titled ‘‘Unified Practice,’’ emphasizes that local rules must not conflict with the statewide rules. Although this prohibition on local rules that are inconsistent with the statewide rules applies to all criminal rules through Rule 105 (Local Rules), the reference to the specific prohibitions is included because these types of local rules have been identified by practitioners as creating significant impediments to the statewide practice of law within the unified judicial system. See the first paragraph of the Rule 105 Comment. The term ‘‘local rule’’ includes every rule, regulation, directive, policy, custom, usage, form or order of general application. See Rule 105(A).

   The practice in some counties of requiring an attorney to take a motion to a judge for the scheduling of a hearing is inconsistent with this rule.

   Official Note

   Rule 9023 adopted October 21, 1983, effective January 1, 1984; amended June 2, 1994, effective September 1, 1994; renumbered Rule 577 and amended March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; rescinded March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004, and replaced by Rule 576(B). New Rule 577 adopted March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004.

   Committee Explanatory Reports:

   Final Report explaining the provisions of the new rule published with the Court’s Order at 34 Pa.B. 1561 (March 20, 2004).


   The provisions of this Rule 577 adopted March 3, 2004, effective July 1, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 1547.

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