What NJ Lawyers Need to Know about PA Civil Courts

Category: On Demand

Member Price: $200

Non-Member Price: $250

Product Code: ON143624

Areas of Law: Civil Trial Bar

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 2.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.




Michael DeGrande, Esq.
Zafran Law Group, Philadelphia
Jonathan A. Fendler, Esq.
Zafran Law Group, Philadelphia
Jared M. Placitella, Esq.
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, Red Bank

If you are a member of the New Jersey legal community, the chances are good that you are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania or have an interest in growing your practice across state lines. However, even with the license, you may not be comfortable in your knowledge of the PA legal system.

This program will provide New Jersey attorneys with what you need to know about Pennsylvania courts and procedures so that you can confidently represent clients there. Not only will you receive necessary “brass tacks” information defining the various courts and their jurisdictions, but you will also receive practice tips for client consultation and strategic decision-making from attorneys having years of practice experience in each state and across the various venues of civil litigation. Don’t miss this essential program.

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Introductions
  • 9:05 | A comparison of the organization of the civil courts of each state
    • Subject matter jurisdiction per courts
    • Amount in dispute
  • 9:20 | Reasons for or against filing in one or the other state assuming there is jurisdiction in each state
    • Fees differences
    • Experts availability
    • How trial dates are acquired what are the impediments if any
    • Convenience to the clients/attorneys
    • Favorability of juries
  • 9:35 | Broad overview of differences in substantive law
    • Statutes of limitations
    • First party/PIP claims
    • Fair Share Act and contribution/allocation claims
    • Tort Claims Notice
    • Enforceability of arbitration clauses
    • Liens
    • Wrongful death and survival claims
  • 10:15 | Differences in discovery procedures
    • Expert discovery
    • Forms for written discovery
    • Motion practice for discovery disputes
  • 10:25 | Differences in rules for and availability of the courthouses in each state for establishing trial dates
    • Availability of trial dates
    • Procedure for setting dates for trial
    • Case Management Conferences, in-person/videoconference
  • 10:35 | Requirements pre-trial settlement conferences and/or mediation requirements
    • In-court settlement conference
    • Required or voluntary mediation
  • 10:45 | How problematic is “home-cooking?
  • 10:55 | Summary and Q&A
  • 11:00| Adjourn


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