L1034(a)

Chapter II

PLEADINGS

Rule L1018.1  NOTICE TO DEFEND FORM
The notice to defend of every complaint filed by a plaintiff and every complaint filed by a defendant against an additional defendant shall include the following name and address of the office from which a party can receive information about obtaining the services of a lawyer:

Office of Lawyer Referral
Third Floor
Lawrence County Government Center
430 Court Street
New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 656-1921

Rule L1028(c) PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS
(1) Preliminary objections shall be filed with the Prothonotary, and the moving party shall serve a copy of the face sheet of the preliminary objections on the District Court Administrator.

(2) Unless an amended pleading is filed as of course under Pa.R.C.P. 1028(c)(1), oral argument and a briefing schedule shall be scheduled in accordance with subsection (5) through (7) of this rule.

(3) In response to preliminary objections to an amended pleading, a second or subsequent amended pleading shall be subject to Pa.R.C.P. 1033.

(4) All preliminary objections shall be accompanied by a certificate certifying that a true and correct copy of the preliminary objections has been properly served upon all opposing counsel and unrepresented parties. The certificates shall include the date and manner of service.

(5) The court shall schedule oral argument only upon praecipe filed with the Prothonotary, with a copy of the face sheet served on the District Court Administrator in accordance with the following schedule:
(i) if the moving party desires oral argument, the moving party shall file a Praecipe for argument concurrently with the filing of the motion, at which time the District Court Administrator shall forward the praecipe to the Court, which shall schedule argument;
(ii) If the moving party fails to file a praecipe for argument, the non-moving party may file a praecipe for argument within 10 days of being served with the motion, at which time the District Court Administrator shall forward the praecipe to the court, which shall schedule argument;
(iii) Upon the Court scheduling oral argument in accordance with rule l_211(2)(i) or Rule L211 (2)(ii), the Court shall include a briefing schedule in its order.

(iv) If neither party timely files a praecipe for argument, the moving party shall file a praecipe for disposition on written briefs along and notify the Court by providing a copy of the praecipe to the District Court Administrator. The praecipe shall be forwarded to the Court, which shall then enter an order setting forth a briefing schedule and dispose of the motion solely upon written briefs.

(6) At any time prior to the scheduled argument, the parties, by stipulation, may file with the Court a praecipe to submit resolution of the motion upon written briefs alone and provide a copy of the praecipe to the District Court Administrator. The praecipe shall state the date and time of the scheduled argument. The praecipe shall be forwarded to the Court, which shall then cancel the scheduled argument and dispose of the motion solely upon written briefs.

(7) When a case is called for argument, if the moving party is not ready to proceed or has not filed a brief, the relief requested by the moving party may be denied as of course. If the non-moving party is not ready to proceed or has not filed a brief, the moving party may proceed with the argument ex parte.

Rule L1034(a)  MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS
(1) Motions for judgment on the pleadings shall be filed with the Prothonotary, and the moving party shall serve a copy of the face sheet of the motion on the District Court Administrator.

(2) Oral argument of the motion and a briefing schedule shall be scheduled in accordance with Rule L1028(c) (5) through (7).

(3) All motions for judgment on the pleadings shall be accompanied by a certificate certifying that a true and correct copy of the motion has been properly served upon all opposing counsel and unrepresented parties. The certificate shall include the date and manner of service.