Subchapter B. TIME


Sec.


1.11.    Date of filing.
1.12.    Computation of time.
1.13.    Issuance of Commission orders.
1.14.    Effective dates of Commission orders.
1.15.    Extensions of time and continuances.
1.16.    Issuance of decisions by presiding officers.

§ 1.11. Date of filing.

 (a)  Whenever a pleading, submittal or other document is required or permitted to be filed under this title or by statute, it will be deemed to be filed on one of the following dates:

   (1)  On the date actually received in the office of the Secretary.

   (2)  On the date deposited with an overnight express delivery service as shown on the express delivery receipt attached to or included within the envelope containing the document.

   (3)  On the date deposited in the United States Mail as shown by the United States Postal Service stamp on the envelope or noted on a United States Postal Service Form 3817 certificate of mailing. A mailing envelope stamped by an in-house postage meter is insufficient proof of the date of mailing.

   (4)  On the date stated on the confirmation of receipt from the Commission’s electronic filing system, when the time shown is prior to 4:30 p.m. local prevailing time in the Eastern Time Zone (United States of America) and the date shown is a day on which the Commission offices are open. When a document is filed electronically when the offices of the Commission are closed, the document will be deemed to be filed at the time the offices next open.

 (b)  Failure to include a legible delivery receipt with a document submitted in accordance with the methods specified in subsection (a)(2) or (3) may result in an untimely filing.

 (c)  A document transmitted by telefacsimile to the Commission will not be accepted for filing within the meaning of this section.

 (d)  Subsection (a) supersedes 1 Pa. Code §  31.11 (relating to timely filing required).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.11 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  309—311, 315, 331—335, 501, 504—506, 701—703, 1101—1103, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.11 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended December 2, 1988, effective January 3, 1989, 18 Pa.B. 5451; 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 page (319041).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  1.36 (relating to verification); 52 Pa. Code §  1.37 (relating to number of copies); 52 Pa. Code §  1.81 (relating to amendments); 52 Pa. Code §  5.502 (relating to filing and service of briefs); 52 Pa. Code §  5.533 (relating to procedure to except to initial, tentative and recommended decisions); and 52 Pa. Code §  5.535 (relating to replies).

§ 1.12. Computation of time.

 (a)  Except as otherwise provided by statute, in computing a period of time prescribed or allowed by this title or by statute, the day of the act, event or default after which the designated period of time begins to run is not included. The last day of the period is included, unless it is Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday in this Commonwealth, in which event the period shall run until the end of the next day which is neither a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. A part-day holiday shall be considered as a holiday. Intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall be included in the computation.

 (b)  Except as otherwise provided by statute, in computing a period of time prescribed or allowed by this title or by statute which is measured by counting a specified number of days backward from a scheduled future act, event or default, the day of the scheduled future act, event or default is not included. The day on which the prescribed or allowed action is to occur shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday in this Commonwealth, in which event the day of the prescribed or allowed action shall run until the next preceding day which is neither a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. A part-day holiday shall be considered as a holiday. Intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays are included in the computation.

 (c)  Subsection (a) supersedes 1 Pa. Code §  31.12 (relating to computation of time).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.12 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.12 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (215908).

§ 1.13. Issuance of Commission orders.

 (a)  In computing a period of time involving the date of the issuance of an order by the Commission, the day of issuance of an order will be the date the Secretary enters the order. An order will not be made public prior to its entry except where, in the Commission’s judgment, the public interest so requires. The date of entry of an order may or may not be the day of its adoption by the Commission. The Secretary will clearly indicate on each order the date of its adoption by the Commission and the date of its entry.

 (b)  At the time a decision of a presiding officer becomes effective as an adjudication of the Commission in the absence of Commission review as provided for in section 332(h) of the act (relating to procedures in general) the Secretary will issue and serve upon the parties of record an appropriate notice of the date the adjudication became effective as a Commission order.

 (c)  The date of entry of an order which is subject to review by Commonwealth Court is governed by Pa.R.A.P. No. 108. The date of issuance of any other order shall be deemed to be the date of entry for the purposes of computing the time for appeal under an applicable statute relating to judicial review of Commission action.

 (d)  Subsections (a) and (b) are identical to 1 Pa. Code §  31.13 (relating to issuance of agency orders).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.13 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.13 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (215908) to (215909).

§ 1.14. Effective dates of Commission orders.

 (a)  An order of the Commission promulgating regulations shall be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin unless otherwise specially provided in the order.

 (b)  Except as provided in subsection (a), an order of the Commission shall be effective as of the date of entry unless otherwise specially provided in the order.

 (c)  Subsections (a) and (b) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  31.14 (relating to effective dates of agency orders).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.14 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.14 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (215909).

§ 1.15. Extensions of time and continuances.

 (a)  Extensions of time shall be governed by the following:

   (1)  Except as otherwise provided by statute, whenever under this title or by order of the Commission, or notice given thereunder, an act is required or allowed to be done at or within a specified time, the time fixed or the period of time prescribed may, by the Commission, the presiding officer or other authorized person, for good cause be extended upon motion made before expiration of the period originally prescribed or as previously extended. Upon motion made after the expiration of the specified period, the act may be permitted to be done where reasonable grounds are shown for the failure to act.

   (2)  Requests for the extension of time in which to file briefs shall be filed at least 5 days before the time fixed for filing the briefs unless the presiding officer, for good cause shown, allows a shorter time.

 (b)  Except as otherwise provided by statute, requests for continuance of hearings or for extension of time in which to perform an act required or allowed to be done at or within a specified time by this title or by order of the Commission or the presiding officer, shall be by motion in writing, timely filed with the Commission, stating the facts on which the application rests, except that during the course of a proceeding, the requests may be made by oral motion in the hearing before the Commission or the presiding officer. Only for good cause shown will requests for continuance be considered. The requests for a continuance should be filed at least 5 days prior to the hearing date.

 (c)  Subsections (a) and (b) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  31.15 (relating to extensions of time).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.15 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.15 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. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (225556) to (225557).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  5.92 (relating to amendments to conform to the evidence); and 52 Pa. Code §  5.502 (relating to filing and service briefs).

§ 1.16. Issuance of decisions by presiding officers.

 (a)  The date of the issuance of a decision by a presiding officer shall be the date on which the decision is posted on the Commission’s electronic filing system. The date of the issuance will be clearly indicated on the decision that is posted on the electronic filing system.

 (b)  The Secretary will mail a decision to parties who are not filing users or have not agreed to receive electronic service. The decision will be deposited in the United States mail on the same date that the decision is posted on the Commission’s electronic filing system. The date of the issuance will be clearly indicated on each paper copy of the decision that is mailed to parties.

 (c)  Parties who are filing users and have agreed to receive electronic service will be notified electronically that the decision has been posted on the Commission’s electronic filing system and provided with a link to the decision.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  1.16 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  309—311, 315, 331—335, 501, 504—506, 701—703, 1101—1103, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  1.16 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended December 2, 1988, effective January 3, 1989, 18 Pa.B. 5451; amended September 26, 2008, effective September 27, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 5303. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (319044).



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