Rule *32.2   Disposition of Pleadings.

(a)Failure to Answer a Petition. If the respondent fails to file an answer to a petition, the Court may enter a decree granting the prayer of the petition.(1)

(b) Failure to Reply. If the petitioner fails to file a reply to an answer which contains new matter, the averments of fact set forth under new matter shall be deemed admitted and the case will be [at issue] ripe for disposition.

[(c) Failure to File an Answer to Preliminary Objections. If the petitioner fails to file an answer to preliminary objections raising questions of jurisdiction, the averments of fact set forth in the preliminary objections shall be deemed admitted and the case will be at issue on the preliminary objections. ]

(c) Disposition of Preliminary Objections.

(d) Joinder of Issue. No formal joinder of issue is required.

(1) If an answer is filed which raises issues of fact, either petitioner's counsel or respondent's counsel should write to the Administrative Judge and request that the pleadings be assigned to a Hearing Judge for disposition.


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