Civil | Special Motions Court Information
Uncontested General Docket and Arbitration Motions:
All uncontested matters may be presented to the Special Motions Judge on Fridays
when the Judge is hearing motions at 10:00 A.M., 12:00 Noon, and 2:00 P.M. Please
call 412.350.5953 and press "2" to hear which Fridays the Judge is hearing motions.
Contested General Docket Motions:
The moving party may obtain a Friday argument date and time, in person or by telephone,
from the Assignment Room (700 City-County Building, 412.350.5463) between 1:30 P.M.
and 4:30 P.M.; or the moving party may place the matter on a 2:00 P.M. Add-On List
on a Friday when the Judge is hearing motions any time after 8:30 A.M. on the Friday
on which it will be argued. The Add-On List is located in Courtroom 815.
NOTE: There is no limit on the number of cases that can be placed on the Add-On
List. Consequently, a party may schedule an argument by giving at least ten (10)
days notice to the other parties that a matter will be placed on the Add-On List.
Contested Arbitration Motions:
The original and a copy of any motion shall be taken to an Arbitration Department
Clerk (702 City County Building). The clerk will place on the original
and the copy of the motion a time and date (usually on a Friday at 10:00 A.M.) for
an argument before the Special Motions Judge. The clerk will file the original with
the Department of Court Records and return the copy to the party filing the motion.
shall immediately serve copies of the motion on all other parties with notice of
the date and time of the argument.
NOTE: The Arbitration Office's scheduling a motion for an argument on a date after
the date of the Arbitration hearing does not continue the Arbitration hearing unless
the moving party obtains a continuance pursuant to paragraph (c)(iii).
SPECIAL MOTIONS JUDGE
- For any General Docket case that is not on a published trial list, motions and petitions
relating to the following matters shall be presented to the Special Motions Judge:
- pleadings (other than preliminary objections) including amendments, joinder of parties,
late joinder of additional defendants;
- preliminary objections filed by an additional defendant if the Special Motions Judge
entered an order permitting the late joinder;
- withdrawal and disqualification of counsel;
- discontinuances, consolidation, severance, coordination of actions in different
counties (Pa.R.C.P. No. 213.1), placing/striking cases at issue;
- entry and opening of judgments of non pros;
- transfers between Arbitration and General Docket;
- certificates of merit (Pa.R.C.P. No. 1042.1 et seq.); and
- dismissal upon affidavit of noninvolvement (Pa.R.C.P.
- In any General Docket case that is not on a published trial list, any motions that
are not required to be presented to the Motions Court (see
or to the Special Motions Court (see subdivision (a) above) may be presented to
either the Motions Court or the Special Motions Court.
- Except as provided in the following subdivisions (ii); (iii); and (iv), all motions
involving Arbitration cases shall be heard by the Special Motions Judge.
- In forma pauperis petitions will be presented to the Motions Judge.
- Requests for the continuance of an Arbitration case will be presented to the Calendar
Control Judge. The party seeking a continuance will present to the Calendar Control
Judge an Adjournment of Hearing Form which may be obtained from an Arbitration Clerk
in 702 City County Building.
NOTE: For cases that have not been previously continued, if all parties agree, the
Chief Arbitration Clerk has the authority to sign the "Green Sheet" continuing the
- Motions filed after an Arbitration award has been appealed shall be presented to
the Special Motions Judge unless they affect the timing of the trial of the case,
in which event they shall be presented to the Calendar Control Judge.