Rule 205.1. Filing Legal Papers. Mailing. Personal Presentation by Attorney Not Necessary.

 Any legal paper not requiring the signature of, or action by, a judge prior to filing may be delivered or mailed to the prothonotary, sheriff or other appropriate officer accompanied by the filing fee, if any. Neither the party nor the party’s attorney need appear personally and present such paper to the officer. The signature of an attorney on a paper constitutes a certification of authorization to file it. The endorsement of an address where papers may be served in the manner provided by Rule 440(a) shall constitute a sufficient registration of address. The notation on the paper of the attorney’s current Supreme Court identification number issued by the Court Administrator of Pennsylvania shall constitute proof of the right to practice in the Commonwealth. A paper sent by mail shall not be deemed filed until received by the appropriate officer.

   Official Note

   The address endorsed on the legal paper must be one where the paper may be handed to or mailed to the attorney. See Rule 440(a)(1).

   The filing of legal documents prepared on recycled paper of good quality is encouraged.


   The provisions of this Rule 205.1 amended October 29, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2737; amended March 21, 1995, effective April 8, 1995, 25 Pa.B. 1272; amended April 29, 2003, effective September 1, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 2356. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (255153) to (255154) and (281405).

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