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Phila Court Rules

Court Rules specify the processes by which certain actions should be followed throughout a court case. Rules can detail how the court computes time, how service of papers must be handled, the information to be included in a brief, the conduct of a jury, and much more. There may also be rules for specific types of court cases, including class actions, divorce, custody, and criminal cases.

When practicing in the Courts of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania (the county, trial level courts), both the state rules and the county rules should be consulted. For how to access the Pennsylvania State Court Rules, see the PA Court Rules page of this guide. For information on accessing the court rules for other Pennsylvania counties, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County guide.

The Philadelphia County Local Rules can be found on the Philadelphia court's website. It includes PDFs of the following:

        • CP-Trial Division-Civil
        • CP-Trial Division-Criminal
        • CP-Orphans' Division
        • CP-Family Division-Domestic Relations
        • CP-Family Division - Juvenile-Dependency
        • Municipal Court-Civil
        • Municipal Court-Criminal
        • Municipal Court-Traffic
        • Judicial Administration

For other ways to access the Philadelphia court rules, including in print as well as on subscription legal databases like Lexis and Westlaw (which are available in the library), see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County guide. This guide also details how to access older versions of the court rules.