PART I. GENERAL


Chap. Rule

1.    APPEALS FROM CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE
AGENCIES … [Rescinded]
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100.    RULES OF CONSTRUCTION … 51   (View pdf)
200.    BUSINESS OF COURTS … 201   (View pdf)
400.    SERVICE OF ORIGINAL PROCESS … 400   (View pdf)
1000.    ACTIONS … 1001   (View pdf)
1300.    ARBITRATION … 1301   (View pdf)
1350.    FORMS … 1351   (View pdf)
1400.    ACTS OF ASSEMBLY … 1401   (View pdf)
1480.    ABOLITION OF SPECIAL ACTIONS … 1480   (View pdf)
1500.    EQUITABLE RELIEF … 1501   (View pdf)
1600.    ACTION FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENTS … 1601   (View pdf)
1650.    ACTIONS IN MECHANICS’ LIENS … 1650   (View pdf)
1700.    CLASS ACTIONS … 1700   (View pdf)
1800.    [Rescinded] … 1801   (View pdf)
1900.    ACTIONS PURSUANT TO THE PROTECTION FROM
ABUSE ACT … 1901
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1910.    ACTIONS FOR SUPPORT … 1910.1   (View pdf)
1915.    ACTIONS FOR CUSTODY OF MINOR CHILDREN … 1915.1   (View pdf)
1920.    ACTIONS OF DIVORCE OR FOR ANNULMENT OF
MARRIAGE … 1920.1
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1930.    RULES RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS
MATTERS GENERALLY … 1930.1
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1940.    VOLUNTARY MEDIATION IN CUSTODY ACTIONS … 1940.1   (View pdf)
2000.    ACTIONS BY REAL PARTIES IN INTEREST … 2001   (View pdf)
2020.    MINORS AS PARTIES … 2026   (View pdf)
2050.    INCAPACITATED PERSONS AS PARTIES … 2051   (View pdf)
2070.    INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS WHO ARE NON-RESIDENTS
OR WHO CONCEAL THEIR WHEREABOUTS … 2076
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2100.    THE COMMONWEALTH AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS
AS PARTIES … 2101
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2120.    PARTNERSHIPS AS PARTIES … 2126   (View pdf)
2150.    UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS AS PARTIES … 2151   (View pdf)
2170.    CORPORATIONS AND SIMILAR ENTITIES AS PARTIES … 2176   (View pdf)
2200.    ACTIONS FOR WRONGFUL DEATH … 2201   (View pdf)
2220.    JOINDER OF PARTIES … 2226   (View pdf)
2250.    JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL DEFENDANTS … 2251   (View pdf)
2300.    INTERPLEADER BY DEFENDANTS … 2301   (View pdf)
2320.    INTERVENTION … 2326   (View pdf)
2350.    SUBSTITUTION OF PARTIES … 2351   (View pdf)
2950.    CONFESSION OF JUDGMENT FOR MONEY … 2950   (View pdf)
2970.    CONFESSION OF JUDGMENT FOR POSSESSION
OF REAL PROPERTY … 2970
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2980.    STATUTORY ACTION TO CONFORM CONFESSED
JUDGMENT … 2981
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3000.    JUDGMENTS … 3001   (View pdf)
4000.    DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY … 4001
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Rules of Civil Procedure

   The General Assembly, by Act of June 21, 1937, P. L. 1982, as amended, 17 P. S. §  61 et seq. (repealed), vested in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the power to prescribe by general rule the practice and procedure in civil actions for the courts of common pleas. This concept was incorporated into the Constitution of 1968, Article V, Section 10(c) which continued to vest in the Supreme Court:

   ‘‘. . . the power to prescribe general rules governing practice, procedure, and conduct of all courts . . . if such rules are consistent with Constitution and neither abridge, enlarge nor modify the substantive right of any litigant, nor affect the right of the General Assembly to determine the jurisdiction of any court or justice of peace, nor suspend nor alter any statute of limitation or repose. All laws shall be suspended to the extent that they are inconsistent with rules prescribed under these provisions.’’

   This Constitutional provision is now implemented by section 1722 of the Judicial Code, 42 Pa.C.S. §  1722, relating to the adoption of administrative and procedural rules.

   Pursuant to such rule making power the Supreme Court appointed a Civil Procedural Rules Committee to assist the Court in the preparation and revision of the Rules. The Rules of Civil Procedure were recommended by the Committee and adopted by the Court. Specific numbers were assigned to the chapters of the rules as they were promulgated pursuant to a general plan. The explanatory notes following the Rules were prepared by the Committee for the convenience of the Bench and Bar but were not part of the Rules and were not officially adopted or promulgated by the Supreme Court.

   Section 323 of the Judicial Code, 42 Pa.C.S. §  323, continues the prior law empowering every court ‘‘to make such rules and orders of court as the interest of justice or the business of the court may require.’’ Rule of Civil Procedure 239 sets forth the limitation that local rules may not be inconsistent with Acts of Assembly or general rules of the Supreme Court.

   By an order of the Supreme Court dated December 31, 1968, all rules then in force governing practice and procedure in courts, including the rules of civil procedure, were continued in force under the Constitution of 1968 until suspended, revoked or modified pursuant to Article V, Section 10(c) of that Constitution.

Equity Rules

   Equity Rule 92, adopted by the Supreme Court, May 13, 1940, and as amended Nov. 28, 1941, read as follows:

   ‘‘Those Rules of Civil Procedure promulgated by the Supreme Court which are applicable to equity practice and procedure, shall prevail over any existing Equity Rules which are inconsistent therewith; and the Equity Rules are modified, or abrogated, to the extent of such inconsistency, as of the respective dates the dominant Rules of Civil Procedure became or become operative.’’



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