L230.2

Chapter II

BUSINESS OF COURTS

Rule L220

SIX-MEMBER JURY IN CIVIL CASES

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b) below, juries in civil cases shall consist of eight members, six regular jurors and two alternate jurors. If during the trial, the number of regular jurors falls below six, the court shall declare a mistrial unless all parties agree on the record to proceed with less than six regular jurors.

(b) In cases to be tried by jury, trial shall be by a 12-member jury, if written demand is filed with the court by any party as part of that party’s original pretrial statement filed in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 212.2 and Rule L212 prior to the scheduled trial.

Rule L227.1 POST-TRIAL RELIEF
(a) Motions for post-trial relief shall be filed with the Prothonotary together with an order for transcript directing that designated portions of the record be transcribed as provided by Pa.R.C.P. 227.3 and identifying the responsible court stenographer(s).

(b) The moving party shall attach to the order for transcript a completed request for transcript form prescribed and provided by the court.

(c) The moving party shall serve a copy of the face sheet of the motion for post-trial relief, order for transcript, and request for transcript form upon the District Court Administrator and responsible court stenographer(s).

(d) Within the 10-day prescribed time period under Pa.R.C.P. 227.3, opposing counsel may present an objection, in accordance with Rule L211(a), requesting that an additional, lesser, or different portion of the record be transcribed. The court shall promptly enter an order disposing of the objection or schedule oral argument of the objection.

(e) Oral argument and a briefing schedule of the motion for post-trial relief shall be in accordance with Rule L211(b).

(f) All transcripts requested shall be subject to Pa.R.J.A. 5000.1 through 5000.13.

(g) The responsible court stenographer(s) shall complete all transcripts requested within 30 days, unless exigent circumstances justify any delay.

Rule L230.2 TERMINATION OF INACTIVE CASES
(a) General Policy. It is the policy of the Court of Common Pleas of Lawrence County to bring each pending civil matter to an expeditious conclusion as promptly as possible consistent with the administration of justice, fairness, the character of the matter and the resources of the system. Consistent with this policy, the court shall proceed under Pa.R.C.P. 230.2.

(b) If terminated, the Prothonotary shall mark the docket indicating that the case has been terminated.

(c)
The Prothonotary shall notify the District Court Administrator of all cases where a statement of intent to proceed has been filed or where the court has granted a petition to reinstate under Pa.R.C.P. 230.2.

(d) If a petition to reinstate is filed more than 30 days after the termination of the case, the court shall schedule a hearing of the petition. Opposing counsel is not required to, but may, file a response to such a petition.

(e)
Any case not terminated shall be subject to the following schedule:
(1) In cases in which the pleadings are closed, the following schedule shall be observed:
(i) All discovery shall be completed within 60 days from either the date of filing the statement of intent to proceed or the court’s order reinstating the case as an active case, unless extended by the court for cause shown.
(ii) All dispositive motions shall be filed within 30 days after the deadline for completion of discovery.
(iii) A praecipe to place the case at issue shall be filed within 30 days after discovery is closed or following the court’s disposition of all dispositive motions, if any dispositive motions are timely filed.

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2) In cases in which the pleadings are not closed, the following schedule shall be observed:
(i) If only a writ of summons has been filed, a complaint must be filed within 20 days of either the date of filing the statement of intent to proceed or the court’s order reinstating the case as an active case.
(ii) If a complaint has been filed, then preliminary objections or an answer to the complaint must be filed within 20 days of either the date of filing the statement of intent to proceed or the court’s order reinstating the case as an active case.
(iii) All discovery shall be completed within 30 days following the close of the pleadings.
(iv) All dispositive motions shall be filed within 30 days of the deadline for completion of discovery.
(v) A praecipe to place the case at issue shall be filed within 30 days after discovery is closed or following the court’s disposition of all dispositive motions, if any dispositive motions are timely filed.
Note: The notice to complete discovery and dispositive motions normally required under Rule L212.1(b)(2) is not required in cases which are subject to this Rule L230.2.