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Rule 14.1: Trial and Hearing Procedures

The Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, shall have a uniform   procedure regarding scheduling and conducting trials and hearings. (“Hearings” include, but are not limited to, those related to Domestic Violence, support, and visitation).

All Trials and Hearings, including but not limited to support hearings, DVCPO full hearings, motion hearings, and any other hearing set before a judge or magistrate, shall be heard on a day-to-day basis until full completion of the trial/hearing. For clarity, trials and hearings are to commence and are not to be continued to any day other than the next business day if the trial or hearing could not be completed in one day unless good cause can be shown.

A continuance of a trial or hearing shall only be granted for good cause. Examples of  “good cause” would include medical emergency regarding the court, a party, counsel, or members of their respective immediate family. Similarly, a continuance required by the rules of superintendence constitutes good cause. However, a continuance because one or more counsel is scheduled to be in another Court of Common Pleas, municipal court, or Federal District Court on a day after the trial or hearing has begun, but before said trial or hearing is concluded, shall not constitute good cause warranting a continuance. All continuances will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

(Effective July 26, 2022.)

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