Local Rule 1301 Scope.
The following civil actions shall first be submitted to and heard by a Board of
Civil actions, proceedings and appeals or issues therein where the demand
is for $25,000 or less (exclusive of interest and costs);
Replevin without bond and replevin with bond once bond has been set by
Appeals from final judgments of Magisterial District Judges; and
Matters transferred to Compulsory Arbitration by the Court even though
the original demand may have exceeded $25,000.
The following civil actions are not subject to Compulsory Arbitration as set forth,
Actions seeking only an accounting;
Note: In an action seeking both money damages and an accounting, a Board of
Arbitrators may award money damages but may not order an accounting.
Actions seeking only equitable relief; and
Note: In an action seeking both money damages and equitable relief, a Board of
Arbitrators may award money damages but may not order equitable relief.
Actions in which the Commonwealth is a party defendant or an employee
of the Commonwealth is a party defendant under the provisions of 42
Pa.C.S., Chapter 85B (relating to actions against Commonwealth parties).
A Board of Arbitrators may not enter an award in favor of any party in excess of
$25,000 (exclusive of interest and costs).
Note: While a Board of Arbitrators may hear a lawsuit in which any party claims an
amount in excess of $25,000, the award of the Board of Arbitrators to any party may not
exceed $25,000 (exclusive of interest and costs). However, with the agreement of all
parties, a Board of Arbitrators may award up to the amount agreed upon in excess of
$25,000 if all parties also agree that the arbitration award is final and cannot be appealed
If a party files a counterclaim or a cross-claim seeking an award in excess of
$25,000 (exclusive of interest and costs), any party may