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1988-1 Term. of Inactive Civil and Criminal Cases

N RE: ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 1988-1 -- TERMINATION OF INACTIVE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES

ORDER OF COURT
 
AND NOW, this 3rd day of February, 1988, the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County adopts the following procedure with respect to termination of inactive civil and criminal cases:
 
(a) Civil Cases.
 
[Section (a) VACATED and new procedure adopted as to civil cases November 7, 1988. See Administrative Order 1988 7.]
 
(b) Criminal Cases.
 
The Clerk of Courts Criminal shall prepare for call on the first Monday of October of each year, or on such other date as the Court by special order may direct, a list containing all criminal proceedings in which no steps or proceedings have been taken for two (2) years or more prior thereto and shall give notice thereof to the District Attorney, any private prosecutor, the defendant, and the defendant's attorney of record, as provided by Pa. R.J.A. 1901(c). The Court shall enter an Order dismissing such criminal proceeding if good cause is not shown at the call of the list.
 
(c) Civil and Criminal Cases District Justice.
 
The District Justices shall compile a list of civil and criminal summary cases filed in their offices in which, as of October 1st of each year, no steps or proceedings have been taken for two years or more prior thereto, and shall set a date whereby the list of cases shall be called.
 
In civil cases, District Justices shall give notice thereof to counsel of record and to those parties for whom no appearance has been entered as required by Pa. R.J.A. 1901(c).
 
In criminal cases, District Justices shall give notice thereof to the District Attorney, any private prosecutor, the defendant, and the defendant's attorney of record as provided by R.J.A.1901(c).
 
The District Justice shall enter an Order dismissing the proceeding if good cause is not shown at the call of the list.
This procedure shall become effective thirty (30) days after the date of publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
 
Seven (7) certified copies of the within procedure shall be filed with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts; two (2) certified copies shall be distributed to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin; one (1) certified copy shall be filed with the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee; and one (1) certified copy shall be filed with the Pennsylvania Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. Copies of this rule shall be kept available in the Office of the Prothonotary, in the Office of the Clerk of Courts - Criminal, and
in the Office of the Court Administrator of Northampton County. A copy is directed to be published in the Northampton County Reporter. The Deputy Court Administrator of Northampton County is directed to forward a copy of this rule to the District Attorney and the various District Justices of Northampton County.

BY THE COURT,
Alfred T. Williams, Jr., P.J.
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