Bisel Logo Pennsylvania Civil Practice Handbook

2018 Edition


Published: December 2017 (2018 Edition)
(Previous Editions: 1973; 1982 and 2004-2017)
Most recent supplement/update: N/A

Most recent supplement/update: 2018 supplement; released May 2018; $101.00
(Current Subscriber's Price: $82.50)
Library of Congress Number: 2003114533
ISBN: 1-887024-91-3


This book is intended to be what it is called, a Handbook of Civil Practice, and not a treatise. The 2018 edition provides a comprehensive starting point for handling particular civil actions and appeals, for participating in arbitration, and for enforcing judgments. It offers ready answers to questions commonly encountered.

Focus is on the Pennsylvania and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (RCP, and FRCP, respectively), which govern proceedings in the courts of general jurisdiction. State and Federal Rules of Evidence (Pa.RE, and FRE, respectively), the magisterial district court rules (RCPDJ), and the rules of the municipal court (RCPMC), are covered. The final two chapters discuss state and federal appellate practice, which are governed by the Pennsylvania and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAP, and FRAP, respectively). The text alerts the reader when local rules may vary.

The format has changed from earlier editions; forms are included, and chapters added to address actions that have become more prevalent. Footnotes replace bracketed material; here, pertinent decisions and comments are found.


1. Introduction
2. The Court System & Subject Matter Jurisdiction
3. Statutes of Limitation
4. Service of Process and Other Papers
5. Venue
6. Parties
7. Pleadings
8. Consolidation, Coordination and Severance
9. Class Actions
10. Wrongful Death and Survival Actions
11. Asbestos Actions
12. Professional Liability Actions
13. Protection From Abuse
14. Divorce and Annulment
15. Custody
15A. Termination of Parental Rights
16. Support
17. Paternity
18. Real Property Actions
19. Mechanics' Liens
20. Equity
21. Replevin
22. Declaratory Judgment
23. Mandamus
24. Quo Warranto
25. Habeas Corpus
26. Motion and Petition Practice
27. Discovery
28. Preparation for Trial
29. Termination Prior to Verdict
30. Arbitration
31. Conduct of Trial
32. Witnesses and Evidence
33. Proceedings Following Evidence
34. Judgments
35. Costs
36. Final Process
37. Appeals — State Courts
38. Appeals — Federal Courts

Appendix A (Pennsylvania Court System)
Appendix B (Pennsylvania Court Clerks & Courthouses)
Appendix C (Damages for Delay — Prime Rate)
Appendix D (Equity and Civil Action Consolidated)
Appendix E (Partial Custody and Visitation)
Appendix F (Actions For Support: Alternative Hearing Procedures By County)
Appendix G (Court of Common Pleas Civil Cover Sheet)
Appendix H (Actions For Divorce: Alternative Hearing Procedures By County)
Appendix I (Medical Malpractice Forms)
Appendix J (Physician Verification Form In Action For Support)

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