Local Rule of Civil Procedure 1920.55-2; No. 374 of 2019 GD

[49 Pa.B. 1020]
[Saturday, March 9, 2019]


And Now, this 19th day of February, 2019, pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration 103(d), it is hereby ordered that Fayette County Local Rule of Civil Procedure 1920.55-2 is hereby adopted as follows, effective 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 The Prothonotary is directed as follows:

 (1) One copy of this order shall be filed with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

 (2) Two copies and CD-ROM of this order shall be distributed to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 (3) One copy shall be sent to the Fayette County Law Library and the Editor of the Fayette Legal Journal.

 The Administrative Office of Fayette County Courts is directed as follows:

 (1) Publish a copy of this order on the website of Administrative Office of Fayette County Courts.

 (2) Amend the complete set of Fayette County Local Rules no later than 30 days following the publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

Rule 1920.55-2. Master's Report. Notice. Exceptions. Final Decree.

 The master's report, notice, exceptions, and final decree shall be governed by Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 1920.55-2.

 (a) After conclusion of the hearing, the master shall file the record and the report within (i) twenty days in uncontested actions or (ii) thirty days from the last to occur of the receipt of the transcript by the master or close of the record in contested actions; and immediately serve upon counsel for each party, or, if unrepresented, upon the party, a copy of the report and recommendation and written notice of the right to file exceptions.

 (b) The timeframe for filing a master's report may be extended only by Court Order.

 (c) If the master requires a transcript to aid in the preparation of the report, the master shall file of record in the Prothonotary a notice within five (5) business days from the date of hearing which identifies the assigned court reporter or transcriptionist and the dates of testimony requested.

 (d) The court reporter or transcriptionist shall deliver transcripts to the master within thirty (30) days of the hearing.

 (e) If a transcript is not delivered within thirty (30) days, the master shall notify the District Court Administrator.

 (f) The District Court Administrator or designee shall monitor compliance with the timeframe for transcript preparation and for the filing of the master's report. The District Court Administrator shall notify the appointing Judge of delinquent transcripts or master's reports.

 (g) Failure of the master to timely file the report may result in a forfeiture of the master's fee or contempt proceedings.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-316. Filed for public inspection March 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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