Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
New Procedure for Postponement of Sheriff’s Sales
In an effort to streamline and standardize procedures for obtaining continuance/postponement of a scheduled Sheriff’s sale, beginning July 12, 2019, the Court is adopting a new protocol for handling such requests.
The procedure will be as follows:
Uncontested Motions for Continuance
Uncontested motions for continuance that are NOT time-sensitive may be filed at any time. Such motions will be processed by Court Administration, Law and Research, and forwarded to the Court in the usual course. An order on such motions will ordinarily be entered 7-10 days from the date of filing.
More time-sensitive uncontested motions may be filed on Monday through Thursday of the week of Sheriff’s sales and walked by counsel to the Office of the Court Administrator, 2nd Floor, Bucks County Justice Center. Court Administration, Law and Research, will process the motion and at that time counsel will be permitted to proceed to the chambers of the assigned Sheriff’s sale judge for execution of the order.
Uncontested motions filed on the Friday morning of Sheriff’s sales must be walked by counsel to the Office of the Court Administrator. Court Administration, Law and Research, will process the motion and send counsel to a pre-assigned courtroom, where the Sheriff’s sale judge will be available to sign the order at 9 a.m.
Contested Motions for Continuance
Contested motions for continuance should be filed the Friday morning of Sheriff’s sales and walked to the Office of the Court Administrator no later than 8:30 a.m. Court Administration, Law and Research, will process the motion and prepare docket entries for the case as necessary. Counsel/parties will then be sent to a pre-assigned courtroom, where the Sheriff’s sale judge will hear contested motions beginning at 9:00 a.m. Moving counsel/parties will be expected to provide information to the Court regarding the time and manner in which notice of the filing and presentation of the motion was provided to any opposing party. Failure to provide proof of such notice may be grounds for denial of the motion.
No telephone conferences will be permitted.
Motions Filed After Sheriff’s Sale Hearings Have Concluded
Any motion filed after completion of contested hearings on the Friday morning of Sheriff’s sales but before commencement of the Sheriff’s sale at 11 a.m. will be directed to the chambers of the Sheriff’s sale judge for consideration.
Notice from the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
All Members of the Bar:
Discovery motions court will not be held on Friday, July 26, 2019, or Friday, September 27, 2019.
No alternative discovery motions court sessions will be held during the weeks of July 22-26, 2019, and September 23-27, 2019.
Stephen G. Heckman, Esquire
THE UNITED STATES District COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ANNOUNCES NEW SCHEDULE FOR ATTORNEY ADMISSIONS TO EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA, PA– Chief Judge Juan R. Sánchez announces that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will conduct attorney admissions ceremonies on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 5-A in the Philadelphia Byrne Courthouse. In the event the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is closed or a federal holiday falls on a Thursday, the next attorney admission ceremony will take place the following Thursday. Applicants and sponsors should report to the Clerk’s Office on the second floor of the Byrne Courthouse by 10:00 a.m.
This is a change from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s past practice of scheduling attorney admissions weekly with different times, days of the week, and courtrooms. Chief Judge Sánchez stated, “Bar associations and attorneys have been asking the EDPA to conduct attorney admissions at a set time and day of the week. The EDPA is pleased to accommodate this request for the convenience of applicants and their sponsors.”
PAUL R. SHEEHAN JOINS HILL WALLACK LLP AS COUNSEL IN THE TRIAL AND INSURANCE PRACTICE GROUP
MARCH 4, 2019, YARDLEY, PA–Hill Wallack LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Paul R. Sheehan as Counsel in the firm’s Trial and Insurance Group. Sheehan, who formerly practiced at Avolio & Hanlon, P.C. in Lawrenceville, N.J., has worked on numerous diverse litigation matters, as well as matters in real estate, business contracts, family law and intellectual property, and will bring his broad-based practice to Hill Wallack. Based in both the Yardley, PA office of Hill Wallack, he will work with clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond.
Prior to his law firm work, Sheehan, a trained artist, was associate director for nine years of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization serving artists, authors, and cultural organizations.
“Hill Wallack’s great presence on both sides of the state line will be a boon to my existing clients, and help me to further develop my practice,” said Sheehan. “I look forward to putting my litigation skills to work for existing and incoming clients throughout the region.”
We’re delighted to have Paul join our growing practice,” said Michael Kahme, Hill Wallack LLP’s Managing Partner. “He’s a fine litigator, and he will be a great asset in handling litigation and other matters out of both Princeton and Yardley.”
Sheehan earned his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2003, and edited the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal while there. He clerked for Judge Eduardo C. Robreno in the summer of 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Sheehan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, and Master of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1994.
He is an Approved Arbitrator of New Jersey Superior Court’s Civil Division (Commercial), and was a member of the Mercer County American Inn of Court from 2009 to 2017.
An active volunteer, he is Chairman of the Board of Chandler Hall Health Services in Newtown, Pa., a residential and healthcare community serving older adults in the Quaker tradition, offering services such as independent living, skilled nursing, and memory care. He coaches youth softball with the Lower Bucks Lady Lions.
There are currently four vacancies on Pennsylvania Supreme Court boards and committees and they have been posted on the UJS website.
The first vacant position is on the Pa Board of Law Examiners. Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania bar or jurists and be knowledgeable about law school curriculum, legal practice and attorney ethical obligations. Please note – law school faculty may not serve on this Board. Applicants should not apply if, during the term of service, they will have immediate family members who will be taking the bar examination or seeking membership in the Pennsylvania bar.
The second vacancy is on the Appellate Procedural Rules Committee. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure and experienced in state appellate practice in Pennsylvania.
The third and fourth vacancies are on the Civil Procedural Rules Committee. Each vacancy will be for a five year term. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and experience in state civil practice in Pennsylvania.
Applications are due by March 31, 2019.
Master in Family Law
Click for job description – Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is looking to fill one Master in Family Law position. This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday. The salary is commensurate with experience. The ideal candidate will be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and have 3 -5 years of Family Law experience, particularly in the areas of child custody and equitable distribution. Applicants should submit, via mail or email, a letter of interest and resume to: Stephen G. Heckman, Esquire, Court Administrator, 100 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Doylestown, PA 18901, firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Friday, March 1, 2019.
BCBA will only be open this morning for the LRIS Committee Meeting and will be closed the rest of the day. Stay warm and stay safe!
Please note that the BCBA Office will be closing early today due to weather. The Office will close Thursday, November 15 at 1 PM. Have a great day and be safe!
Please note that today’s Criminal Law CLE “Working with Non-Citizen Defendants” has been CANCELLED due to the expected weather.
This CLE will be rescheduled with the presenter. New date to follow!