Rule 230.2. Termination of Inactive Cases.
(a) The court may initiate proceedings to terminate a case in which there has been no activity of record for two years or more by serving a notice of proposed dismissal of court case.
This rule provides an administrative method for the termination of inactive cases.
(b)(1) The court shall serve the notice on counsel of record, and on the parties if not represented, sixty days prior to the date of the proposed termination. The notice shall contain the date of the proposed termination and the procedure to avoid termination.
(2) The notice shall be served by mail pursuant to Rule 440. If the mailed notice is returned, the notice shall be served by advertising it in the legal publication, if any, designated by the court for the publication of legal notices or in one newspaper of general circulation within the county.
If the notice mailed to an attorney is returned by the postal service, the prothonotary should check a legal directory or contact the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts for a current address. Otherwise, publication in the legal newspaper or a newspaper of general circulation within the county is required under this rule if the mailed notice is returned.
See subdivision (e) for the form of notice.
(c) If no statement of intention to proceed has been filed, the prothonotary shall enter an order as of course terminating the matter with prejudice for failure to prosecute.
The prothonotary may not enter an order terminating the action until more than sixty days after service of the notice of proposed termination.
A court officer may certify to the prothonotary those matters which have been inactive and in which no statement of intention to proceed has been filed.
(d)(1) If an action has been terminated pursuant to this rule, an aggrieved party may petition the court to reinstate the action.
(2) If the petition is filed within thirty days after the entry of the order of termination on the docket, the court shall grant the petition and reinstate the action.
The provision under subdivision (d)(2) for filing a petition within thirty days is not intended to set a standard for timeliness in proceedings outside this rule.
(3) If the petition is filed more than thirty days after the entry of the order of termination on the docket, the court shall grant the petition and reinstate the action upon a showing that
(i) the petition was timely filed following the entry of the order for termination and
(ii) there is a reasonable explanation or a legitimate excuse for the failure to file both
(A) the statement of intention to proceed prior to the entry of the order of termination on the docket and,
(B) the petition to reinstate the action within thirty days after the entry of the order of termination on the docket.
The provision under subdivision (d)(2) for filing a petition within thirty days of the entry of the order of termination on the docket is not a standard of timeliness. Rather, the filing of the petition during that time period eliminates the need to make the showing otherwise required by subdivision (d)(3).
(e) The notice required by subdivision (b) shall be in the following form:
NOTICE OF PROPOSED TERMINATION OF COURT CASE
The court intends to terminate this case without further notice because the docket shows no activity in the case for at least two years.
You may stop the court from terminating the case by filing a Statement of Intention to Proceed. The Statement of Intention to Proceed should be filed with the Prothonotary of the Court at
on or before
IF YOU FAIL TO FILE THE REQUIRED STATEMENT OF INTENTION TO PROCEED, THE CASE WILL BE TERMINATED.
BY THE COURT;
Date of this Notice Officer
(f) The Statement of Intention to Proceed shall be in the following form:
Statement of Intention to Proceed
To the Court:
intends to proceed with the above captioned matter.
The provisions of this Rule 230.2 adopted March 20, 2003, effective July 1, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 1712.
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