§ 1.54. Service by a party.

 (a)  Pleadings, submittals, briefs and other documents, filed in proceedings pending before the Commission shall be served upon parties in the proceeding and upon the presiding officer, if one has been assigned.

 (b)  Service may be made by one of the following methods:

   (1)  First class mail. Service may be made by mailing the requisite number of copies to each party as provided in §  1.59 (relating to number of copies to be served), properly addressed with postage prepaid.

   (2)  Personal. Service may be made personally.

   (3)  Electronic.

     (i)   Documents not filed with the Commission. Service may be made electronically to those parties who have agreed to accept service in that manner.

     (ii)   Documents filed with the Commission. Service may be made electronically to filing users who have agreed to receive electronic service. Filing users who have agreed to receive electronic service shall be served with an electronic mail notice stating that a document was filed on the electronic filing system. The notice constitutes service.

       (A)   The electronic mail notice must contain the following provisions:

         (I)   The name of the filing user and the party on whose behalf the document was filed.

         (II)   The type of document.

         (III)   A brief description of the document.

         (IV)   A link to the document on the electronic filing system.

         (V)   The docket number when available.

         (VI)   An indication that the party is seeking expedited relief, if applicable.

       (B)   When a filing user becomes aware that the electronic mail notice was not transmitted successfully, the filing user shall resend the electronic mail notice or serve the document by another method authorized by this subpart.

       (C)   Documents of 250 pages or less, including attachments, need not be followed by service of a hard copy to filing users who have agreed to receive electronic service. Filing users shall serve each other with a hard copy of documents that exceed 250 pages, including attachments, unless the parties otherwise agree.

   (4)  Telefacsimile. Service may be made by telefacsimile to those parties who have agreed to accept service in that manner. Documents served electronically need not be followed by service of a hard copy if the parties have so agreed.

 (c)  In a proceeding in which only some of the parties participate, the parties, with the authorization of the presiding officer, may limit the service of documents to parties and persons or individuals which state on the record or request in writing that they wish to be served.

 (d)  Subsections (a) and (b) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  33.32 (relating to service by a party).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.54 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.54 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414; amended April 28, 2006, effective April 29, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 2097; amended September 26, 2008, effective September 27, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 5303. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (330030) and (319061).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  1.56 (relating to date of service); 52 Pa. Code §  1.58 (relating to form of certificate of service); 52 Pa. Code §  5.75 (relating to notice, service and action on petitions to intervene); 52 Pa. Code §  5.421 (relating to subpoenas); and 52 Pa. Code §  5.631 (relating to notice of taking appeal).



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