Rule 167. Filings and Service of Court Orders and Notices.
1) All orders and court notices shall be transmitted promptly to the clerk of courts for filing. Upon receipt by the clerk of courts, the order or court notice shall be time stamped promptly with the date of receipt.
2) All orders and court notices shall be filed in the official court record.
1) A copy of any order or court notice shall be served promptly on the attorney for the Commonwealth, the juveniles attorney, the juvenile, the juvenile probation officer, and any other person, service provider, or agency listed in the court order.
2) The clerk of courts shall serve the order or court notice, unless the president judge has promulgated a local rule designating service to be by the court administrator or other court designee.
3) Methods of Service. Service shall be:
i) personal delivery to the partys attorney or the juvenile;
ii) mailing a copy to the partys attorney or leaving a copy for the attorney at the attorneys office;
iii) in those judicial districts that maintain in the courthouse assigned boxes for counsel to receive service, leaving a copy for the attorney in the attorneys box;
iv) sending a copy to the juvenile by first class mail addressed to the juveniles place of residence, detention, or placement;
v) sending a copy by facsimile transmission or other electronic means if the partys attorney or the juvenile has filed written request for this method of service or has included a facsimile number or an electronic address on a prior legal paper filed in the case;
vi) delivery to the partys attorney or the juvenile by carrier service; or
b) orally in open court on the record; or
c) in a judicial district that permits electronic filing pursuant to Rule 205, service of court orders or notices shall be made as provided in Rule 205(D)(2) and (H)(1).
C. Unified Practice. Any local rule that is inconsistent with the provisions of this rule is prohibited, including any local rule requiring a person to file or serve orders or court notices.
Court notices, as used in this rule, are communications that ordinarily are issued by a judge or the court administrator concerning, for example, calendaring or scheduling, including proceedings requiring the juveniles presence.
A facsimile number or electronic address set forth on the letterhead is not sufficient to authorize service by facsimile transmission or other electronic means under paragraph (B)(3)(a)(v). The authorization for service by facsimile transmission or other electronic means under this rule is valid only for the duration of the case. A separate authorization is to be filed in each case by the juvenile, if unrepresented, or by the attorney who wants to receive documents by this method of service.
Nothing in this rule is intended to preclude the use of automated or other electronic means for the transmission of the orders or court notices between the judge, court administrator, and clerk of courts, or for time stamping.
Rule 167 adopted April 1, 2005, effective October 1, 2005. Amended December 24, 2009, effective immediately. Amended July 28, 2014, effective September 29, 2014. Amended December 12, 2019, effective June 1, 2020.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the provisions of Rule 167 published with the Courts Order at 35 Pa.B. 2214 (April 16, 2005).
Final Report explaining the amendments to Rule 167 published with the Courts Order at 40 Pa.B. 222 (January 9, 2010).
Final Report explaining the amendments to Rule 167 published with the Courts Order at 44 Pa.B. 5447 (August 16, 2014).
Final Report explaining the amendments to Rule 167 published with the Courts Order at 49 Pa.B. 7573 (December 28, 2019).
The provisions of this Rule 167 amended December 24, 2009, effective immediately, 40 Pa.B. 222; amended July 28, 2014, effective September 29, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 5447; amended December 12, 2019, effective June 1, 2020, 49 Pa.B. 7573. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (387354) and (396235) to (396236).
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