AFTER YOU HAVE FILED YOUR APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERVICE
After you have filed your Proof of Service, the Plaintiff (the person who filed the lawsuit
to begin with) needs to file a complaint.
If the opposing party is the Plaintiff and does not file the complaint within
twenty (20) days from the date you served him, you can ask to have a Non Pros Judgment
entered against him. This will end the case, and the Plaintiff cannot ask to enforce the judgment
he got in Magisterial District Court.
After the twenty (20) days expire, you should send the Plaintiff a Notice of Intention to
File Praecipe of Non Pros. (See ATTACHMENT #2a if you are filing in Lycoming County and
ATTACHMENT #2b if you are filing in Clinton County.) Keep a copy of this notice for use
later. You must send this notice by certified mail.
If the Plaintiff does not file a complaint within ten (10) days from the date of that notice,
you may then file a Praecipe to Enter a Judgment of Non Pros. (See ATTACHMENT #3 – it is
two pages.) You should complete both pages of this form. Then attach the copy of the Notice
of Intention to File Praecipe of Non Pros (that you kept) to the first page. Make a copy of this
part and take the original and the copy and the original “Notice” (the second page) to the
Prothonotary’s Office. Also take an envelope addressed to the Plaintiff. The Prothonotary will
file stamp the forms and will sign the “Order for Judgment” on the first page and the “Notice” of
Judgment on the second page. The Prothonotary will keep the original Praecipe and Order and
give you back the copy. The Prothonotary will also mail the “Notice” of Judgment to the
Plaintiff in the envelope you provided.
If you receive further papers after the Judgment of Non Pros is entered OR if the Plaintiff
does file a complaint after you send the Notice of Intention to File Praecipe of Non Pros, you
should see an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can contact North Penn Legal
Services at 570-323-8741 to see if they can help you further.
If you are the Plaintiff, you need to file a complaint within 20 days and should see
an attorney. THERE IS NO FORM FOR A COMPLAINT.
If you file the complaint on your own, be aware that it must contain a NOTICE TO
DEFEND (see ATTACHMENT #4), a VERIFICATION (See ATTACHMENT #5) and a
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE (See ATTACHMENT #6). The complaint must be mailed (by
ordinary mail) or given to Defendant at the address shown in the Magisterial District Court
records (or may be mailed or given to the attorney of record for Defendant, if there is one).
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