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Commerce Case Management Program

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1. Judges. Initially, two judges shall be assigned by the Administrative Judge to the Commerce Program. The number of Commerce Program Judges may thereafter be adjusted by the Administrative Judge consistent with the caseload of the Program.

2. Filings & Listings. Upon consultation with the Administrative Judge and the Commerce Program Judges, with the goal of ease of access by the Commerce program Judges and their staff, the parties and the public, the Prothonotary shall establish procedures for maintenance of filings and listings in actions assigned to the Commerce Program.

Guidelines for Cases Assigned to Commerce Program

Commencement of Action

All subject actions shall be commenced as provided in Pa.R.C.P. 1007. Philadelphia Civil Rule *205.2 shall be followed. As noted above, in all cases, not just those designated into the Commerce Program, a copy of the Civil Cover Sheet, including any Commerce Program Addendum, shall be served with original process served on all parties.

All jury demands shall be perfected in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 1007.1 and Phila.Civ. R. *1007.1.

A party seeking emergency relief immediately upon commencing an action subject to the Commerce Program shall follow the procedure set forth in part D.7 below (Rules to Show Cause and Emergency Motions and Petitions).

Rules to Show Cause and Emergency Motions and Petitions

Case Management Procedures

Settlement and PreTrial Conferences

Judges Pro Tempore & ADR

General Court Regulations relating to Commerce Cases

Commerce Program Opinions

Philadelphia Bar Association Business Litigation Committee - Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project External site

Other states offering Commerce Program web pages External site


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