Rule 1920.55-1. Alternative Hearing Procedures for Matters Referred to a Master.
(a) Matters referred to a master for hearing shall proceed as prescribed by Rule 1920.55-2 unless the court by local rule adopts the alternative procedure of Rule 1920.55-3.
(b) The president judge or the administrative judge of Family Division of each county shall certify that all divorce proceedings which are referred to a master in that county are conducted in accordance with either Rule 1920.55-2 or Rule 1920.55-3. The certification shall be filed with the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee and shall be substantially in the following form:
I hereby certify that
County conducts its divorce proceedings that are referred to a master in accordance with Rule
Pursuant to Rule 1920.55-1, the following counties have certified to the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee that divorce proceedings referred to a master are conducted in accordance with the rule specified below.
Adams 1920.55-2 Allegheny 1920.55-2 Armstrong 1920.55-2 Beaver 1920.55-2 Bedford 1920.55-2 Berks 1920.55-2 Blair 1920.55-2 Bradford 1920.55-2 Bucks Both Butler 1920.55-2 Cambria 1920.55-2 Cameron 1920.55-2 Carbon 1920.55-2 Centre 1920.55-2 Chester 1920.55-2 Clarion 1920.55-2 Clearfield 1920.55-2 Clinton no masters Columbia 1920.55-2 Crawford 1920.55-2 Cumberland 1920.55-2 Dauphin 1920.55-2 Delaware 1920.55-3 Elk 1920.55-2 Erie 1920.55-2 Fayette 1920.55-2 Forest 1920.55-2 Franklin 1920.55-2 Fulton 1920.55-2 Greene 1920.55-2 Huntingdon no masters Indiana 1920.55-2 Jefferson 1920.55-2 Juniata 1920.55-2 Lackawanna 1920.55-2 Lancaster 1920.55-2 Lawrence 1920.55-2 Lebanon 1920.55-2 Lehigh 1920.55-2 Luzerne 1920.55-2 Lycoming 1920.55-2 McKean 1920.55-2 Mercer 1920.55-2 Mifflin no masters Monroe 1920.55-2 Montgomery 1920.55-3 Montour 1920.55-2 Northampton 1920.55-2 Northumberland 1920.55-2 Perry 1920.55-2 Philadelphia 1920.55-3 Pike 1920.55-2 Potter no masters Schuylkill 1920.55-2 Snyder 1920.55-2 Somerset 1920.55-2 Sullivan 1920.55-2 Susquehanna 1920.55-2 Tioga 1920.55-2 Union 1920.55-2 Venango 1920.55-2 Warren 1920.55-2 Washington 1920.55-2 Wayne 1920.55-2 Westmoreland 1920.55-2 Wyoming 1920.55-2 York 1920.55-2
The proposed amendments create alternative procedures for appeal from the recommendation of a master in divorce. Rule 1920.55-1 states that, if the court chooses to appoint a master, the exceptions procedure set forth in proposed Rule 1920.55-2 will be used unless the court has, by local rule, adopted the alternative procedure of proposed Rule 1920.55-3.
The provisions of this Rule 1920.55-1 adopted September 11, 1995, effective January 1, 1996, 25 Pa.B. 4097; amended March 16, 2011, effective immediately, 41 Pa.B. 1758. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (324716).
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