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ATTORNEY HANDBOOKEffective:November, 2012

INTRODUCTIONThis handbook is provided as a supplement to the Local Rules of the United StatesDistrict Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. It highlights administrativeinformation and provides guidelines for specific procedural areas that have proven to betroublesome for many attorneys. We hope this information will minimize any problemsor delays when filing documents, as it is the policy of this Court for Clerk's Officepersonnel to return any pleadings or other papers by Order of Court that do not complywith the appropriate rules. If there is a potential conflict between this supplement andour Local Rules or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the rules govern.In our continuous efforts to provide better service and information to the public, wewelcome any comments or suggestions for improving this guide. Please view theCourt’s website at and send your comments to me at: U.S.District Court, 700 Grant Street, Suite 3110, U.S. Post Office & Courthouse, Pittsburgh,PA 15219.JOSHUA C. LEWISCLERK OF COURT

INDEXPAGE NO.ADMISSION TO PRACTICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3APPEALS FROM U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGES' DECISIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17APPEALS FROM BANKRUPTCY JUDGES' DECISIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18APPEALS FROM U.S. DISTRICT JUDGES' DECISIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF EXECUTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9BANKRUPTCY MATTERS REMOVED FROM STATE COURT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11BANKRUPTCY MATTERS BEFORE THE DISTRICT COURT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9BILL OF COSTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19CHANGE OF ADDRESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3CONTINUANCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21COMMENCEMENT OF A CIVIL ACTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5DEFAULT AND DEFAULT JUDGMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12DISCOVERY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16ENFORCEMENT OF A JUDGMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18OFFICE OF THE CLERK - LOCATIONS AND OFFICE HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1NOTICE OF REMOVAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4SPECIFIC TYPES OF COMPLAINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7SUBSEQUENT FILINGS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14SUMMONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5WITHDRAWAL OF REFERENCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11WRIT OF EXECUTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaI. OFFICE OF THE CLERK - LOCATIONS AND OFFICE HOURSA.All Court-related inquiries or questions are to be directed to the Clerk'sOffice within the appropriate division.B.The Western District of Pennsylvania has three offices - its main office inPittsburgh and two divisional offices. Listed below are the locations andthe counties they serve.1.JOHNSTOWN DIVISION: Serves the counties of Bedford, Blair,Cambria, Clearfield and Somerset.a.2.(814) 533-4504ERIE DIVISION: Serves the counties of Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest,McKean, Venango, and Warren.a.3.208 Penn Traffic Building319 Washington StreetJohnstown, PA 19501U.S. Courthouse17 South Park RowErie, Pennsylvania 16501(814. ) 464-9600PITTSBURGH DIVISION (HEADQUARTERS FOR THEDISTRICT): Serves the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver,Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence,Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland.a.CLERK OF COURTRoom 3100 U.S. Post Office & CourthousePittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219(412) 208-7500b.CHIEF DEPUTY(412) 208-7518Room 3110 U.S. Post Office & CourthousePittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219c.JURY SECTION SUPERVISORRoom 3300 U.S. Post Office & CourthousePittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219(412) 208-75401

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvaniad.CIVIL DOCKET SECTION & CIVIL APPEALSCRIMINAL SECTION & CRIMINAL APPEALSRoom 3110To check on:Cases ending in 1 or 2(412) 208-7502Cases ending in 3 or 4(412) 208-7504Cases ending in 5 or 6(412) 208-7506Cases ending in 7 or 8(412) 208-7508Cases ending in 9 or 0(412) 208-7503e.INTAKE SECTION (Filing of Documents)Room 3110(412) 208-7500NATURALIZATIONRoom 3110(412) 208-7500RECORDS SECTION (photocopying)Room 3110(412) 208-7507f.g.C.HoursAll offices are open from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.D.Legal HolidaysNew Year's DayMartin Luther King's BirthdayPresidents' DayMemorial DayIndependence DayLabor DayColumbus DayVeterans DayThanksgiving DayChristmas DayWhenever one of these legal holidays falls on Saturday or Sunday, theoffice is closed on the Friday immediately preceding or the Mondayimmediately following, respectively.2

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaII.GENERAL PROCEDURESA.Admission to Practice1.2.Procedure [See LCvR 83.2.A.3]a.Admissions are by personal appearance on oral motion byanother member in good standing. [Call (412) 208-7500 forarrangements]b.Admission fee is charged. Consult the fee schedule forcurrent fees at or money orders are made payable to “Clerk, U.S.District Court”.c.A pro hac vice admission can be filed on a case by casebasis by motion. [See LCvR 83.2.B] The motion shallinclude an affidavit listing all courts where the movant isadmitted to practice, and it must certify that the movant is aregistered user of ECF and has read, knows andunderstands the Local Rules. [See id.] A pro hac vice fee,payable through is required for each motion.Consult the fee schedule for current fees for Admission [See LCvR 83.2.A.2]a.3.4.Eligibility for admission to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court;Membership in good standing of the Pennsylvania SupremeCourt, the United States Supreme Court, or any other UnitedStates District Court.Certificate of Good Standinga.An attorney may request a Certificate of Good Standing fromthe Clerk's Office to verify that he/she is a member in goodstanding with the Court.b.Consult the fee schedule for current fees of Addressa.Any time an attorney changes his or her address, he/shemust file a notice of the change in each case they appear.3

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaThis notice must be filed electronically. Counsel mustupdate their address and email information in the CM/ECFsystem.B.C.Fees of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania1.All checks are to be made payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court."2.For fees charged by the U.S. District Court, for Reproduction of Documents1.A request for copy work should be directed to (412) 208-7507.2.If copies are reproduced through the Clerk's Office, the fee is 50cents per page for hard copies, 10 cents per page for electroniccopies. In some cases, you may have to wait or return for yourcopies. Fees must be paid in advance.3.All divisions will accept copy requests until 4:30 P.M.4.The fee for certified copies will include a certification fee for eachcertification plus copy work. For current fee rates, for all depositions and trial transcripts are made throughthe court reporter. Information concerning the identity of the courtreporter is contained within the docket entry for the event to betranscribed.6.Records for cases filed prior to 2005 are not stored on site. Ifcopies of records are needed in those cases, they are obtainedafter we request the return of the record from the PhiladelphiaRecords Center which takes about two weeks. A retrieval fee ischarged for each case.If you are requesting copies of specific documents, you may obtainthose directly from the Records Center. The address andtelephone number of the Records Center is as follows:Federal Records Center14700 Townsend RoadPhiladelphia, PA 191544

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvania(215) 305-2020III.COMMENCEMENT OF A CIVIL ACTIONThe Clerk has no discretion in the assignment of a civil case; the judicial officersare assigned by computerized random draw.A.All pleadings must be filed electronically via the Court’s CM/ECF system.For additional information on CM/ECF, including the policies andprocedures for electronic filing, please visit the court’s website information about filing sealed documents, refer to the Court’sCM/ECF Policies and Procedures.B.Requirements for all new civil cases:1.Civil Cover Sheet (JS 44) (downloadable of the appropriate filing fee ( making service by summons, provide summons listing eachdefendant (downloadable the summons with the following information:(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)b.Western District of PennsylvaniaFirst PlaintiffFirst DefendantName and address of each defendant being servedName and address of plaintiff's attorney or pro selitigantNumber of days in which to answer summons. (SeeF.R.Civ.P. Rule 12) You must populate the daysfield in the summons.Summons will be issued and returned electronically to theattorney for service.5

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvania4.Complainta.Each document filed with the Clerk must be filedelectronically in pdf format. For sealed documents, eachdocument filed must be on letter-size paper (8½" x 11")(See LCvR 5.1.A) and accompanied by a disk or CD-ROM.(See CM/ECF Policies and Procedures.)b.The correct heading for a new complaint should be asfollows:IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIAPLAINTIFF(S)vs.DEFENDANT(S)))))))CIVIL ACTION NO.COMPLAINTc.All parties must be listed in the style of the case. Do not use"et al." on the original complaint.d.The civil action is assigned a case number and a judicialofficer is chosen by random draw.e.Each attorney's or pro se litigant's name must be typed andsigned on the last page of the complaint, with:(1) his/her address(2) telephone number(3) if a Pennsylvania attorney, his/her PennsylvaniaAttorney ID Numberf.5.To file a complaint, the attorney must have an electronicsignature on the complaint and must have an electronicsignature on all pleadings he/she files with the complaint. Ifa Pennsylvania attorney, his/her Pennsylvania Attorney IDNumber must also appear on the complaint and pleadings.Jury Demanda.The jury demand must be filed as a separate pleading orrequested in the complaint and included in the title of thecomplaint. (See F.R.Civ.P. 38)6

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvaniab.C.Designating a jury demand on the civil cover sheet alone willnot constitute a request. Jury demanded must appear withinthe complaint.Specific Types of Complaints and Writs of Execution1.United States as a DefendantIn regard to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 4(i) and 12(a),and in suits against the United States or any government agency orofficial, please refer to the list of requirements below:a.SummonsThe clerk’s office should receive the summons at the timethe complaint is filed.b.(1)The summons will be signed by a deputy clerk andthen electronically returned to the attorney.(2)A copy of the complaint should be attached to eachsummons being served. This copy of the complaintwill not be provided by the Clerk’s office.(3)The United States or any government agency orofficial shall have 60 days to answer the complaint,except for cases filed under the Freedom ofInformation Act, in which case the agency shall have30 days.Service of Summons(1)General(a)The Marshal no longer serves summonsesexcept:- For the United States- On Order of the Court- Seaman suits(b)Anyone 18 years of age or older and not aparty to the suit may personally serve thesummons and complaint. (See F.R.Civ.P.Rule 4)7

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvania(c)(2)F.R.Civ.P. Rule 4 also provides for a waiver ofservice of a summons to avoid theunnecessary costs of serving a summons. Inusing this method, the plaintiff must send byfirst class mail the complaint, two copies of thewaiver forms and a postage prepaid envelopefor returning the waiver. (downloadable StatesAs stated earlier, Federal Rules of Civil ProcedureRule 4 states that the United States Attorney's Officemay be served personally or by registered or certifiedmail.(3)Foreign Country or a Party in a Foreign Country [SeeF.R.Civ.P. Rule 4 (f)](a)(4)For instructions regarding foreign service, referto the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.( Order of the Court, the Marshal will servesummons by publication.c.Filing FeePayable through at time of filing. For currentfee schedule see of Removal[See F.R.Civ.P. Rule 81(c) and 28 U.S.C. §§1441-1453]When removing a civil case from State Court, the followingguidelines should be followed:a.The style of the Notice of Removal should be the same asthe style of the original petition filed in State Court.b.Copies of all State Court papers should be attached to theNotice of Removal.8

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvania3.c.A Certificate of Service should accompany the Notice ofRemoval. Service should be made upon the Prothonotaryand all opposing counsel.d.When an application for removal is filed pertaining to aBankruptcy proceeding refer to Section 4(c) of this section.Application for Writ of ExecutionIn general, follow Pennsylvania State Court Rules (See F.R.Civ.P.62 and 69)a.Writ of ExecutionIssued only on federal judgments entered in this district or onfederal judgments that have been registered in this district.b.c.4.Action will be initiated by the filing of a petition for Writ ofExecution at the civil action number. Must wait until 14 daysafter entry of judgment before executing (See F.R.Civ.P. 62)(Also see Section VII, Paragraph E of this Handbook)No Filing Fee Required.Bankruptcy Matters before the District Courta.For more specific instructions regarding the BankruptcyCourt, contact the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court at (412)644-2700 or refer to their website, of Appeal(a)The Notice of Appeal of a ruling of aBankruptcy Judge must be filed in theBankruptcy Court along with the filing feepayable to the Bankruptcy Clerk. TheBankruptcy Office will transmit the record to theDistrict Court where it will be assigned a casenumber and a District Judge will be chosen byrandom draw. (Also see Section VII,Paragraph C of this Handbook)9

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvania(2)Voluntary Motions to Dismiss Appeals(a)Before DocketingIf an Appeal has not been docketed in theDistrict Court, it may be dismissed by theBankruptcy Judge upon the filing of astipulation for dismissal, or on motion andnotice by the appellant.(b)After DocketingOnce an Appeal has been docketed in theDistrict Court, it can only be dismissed byDistrict Court.(3)Involuntary Motions to Dismiss Appeals(a)(4)Motions for Stay Pending Appeal(a)(5)All Involuntary Motions to Dismiss, eitherbefore or after docketing in the District Court,must be presented to a District Judge. TheMotion should be filed with the Clerk of theBankruptcy Court who will then transmit it tothe Clerk of the District Court. The Clerk of theDistrict Court will then assign it a civil actionnumber, if one has not already been assigned,and a District Judge will be chosen by randomdraw. (Also see Section VII, Paragraph C ofthis Handbook)Motions for Stay Pending Appeal taken fromOrders of the Bankruptcy Court shall receive acivil action number whether they aretransmitted from the Bankruptcy Court or fileddirectly with this Court. When the Appeal istransmitted from the Bankruptcy Court, it shallbe assigned the same civil action number asthe Motion for Stay Pending Appeal.Motions for Leave to Appeal(a)Motions for Leave to Appeal an Order of theBankruptcy Court shall receive a civil actionnumber, whether they are transmitted from the10

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaBankruptcy Court or filed directly with thisCourt. When the Appeal is transmitted fromthe Bankruptcy Court it should be assigned thesame civil action number as the Motion forLeave to Appeal.c.Bankruptcy Matters Removed from State Court(1)d.A party removing any State Court action related to aBankruptcy may do so by filing a Notice of Removalin the Bankruptcy Court, pursuant to the proceduresoutlined in Bankruptcy Rule 9027(a).Withdrawal of Reference(1)In matters in which the statute provides fordisposition, including trial, by a District Judge, counselmay request that their case be heard in District Courtby filing a Motion for Withdrawal of Reference. Thefollowing procedures should be followed when aMotion for Withdrawal of the Reference is filed:(a)File the application or motion with theBankruptcy Court, together with theappropriate filing fee. The Bankruptcy Courtwill then transmit the motion and all othernecessary documents to the District Court.(b)A case number will be assigned and aDistrict Judge will be chosen by randomdraw to rule on the application.(c)If the presiding Judge grants the motion towithdraw reference, the case will be heardin District Court in the usual manner.11

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaIV.DEFAULT AND DEFAULT JUDGMENTS[See F.R.Civ.P. 55(a) & b)]Default judgment is a two-step process and may be done simultaneously:"Entry" of default [See F.R.Civ.P. 55 (a)] and"Judgment" by default [See F.R.Civ.P. 55(b)]A.ENTRY of Default1.A default may be entered when a party against whom a judgmentfor affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or otherwisedefend within the prescribed time period. Proof of service or waiverof service must be on file with the Clerk.2.Request for entry of default must be filed with the Clerk. A requestto enter default with proposed order and affidavit in support arerequired. (See Attachment I for an example)3.Default cannot be entered until the expiration of the following:a.Twenty (21) calendar days from service of summons andcomplaint or 60 days from the date notice was mailed if serviceby summons has been waived. (See F.R.Civ.P. 12)(1) Sixty (60) days for the United States(2) If a motion under F.R.Civ.P. 12 is filed, time is extendeduntil 14 days after notice of the Court's action on the motionB.JUDGMENT by Default1.Judgment by the Clerk [See F.R.Civ.P. 55(b)(1)]a.May be entered when claim "is for a sum certain or for asum which can, by computation, be made certain" (e.g., suiton a note, on open account, etc.) A request for defaultjudgment, affidavit and proposed judgment order arerequired. (See Attachment II for an example)b.Proof required(1) Affidavit containing:(a) A verification of the amount due;12

U.S. District CourtWestern District of Pennsylvania(b) Showing that defendant is not a minor orincompetent person. [See F.R.Civ.P. 55(b)(1)](c) Showing the defendant is not in active service ofthe armed forces. (See 50 U.S.C. App. 520)(2) Other proof according to the nature of the claim2.3.Judgment by the Court [See F.R.Civ.P. 55(b)(2)]a.All claims other than those which can be entered by theClerk.b.A request for entry of default must be electronically filed,accompanied by the affidavit, and default will be entered bythe Clerk as described in Paragraph A-1 of this sectionconcerning the ENTRY of Default.c.A motion for Default Judgment and proposed order shouldbe electronically filed by the plaintiff requesting the Court toset the matter down for hearing or jury trial for determinationof damages. The motion must also contain an affidavitshowing that the defendant is not a minor, incompetent, or inthe military service.Setting Aside Default & Default Judgmenta.4.In order to have a default or default judgment set aside, themoving party would have to file a petition with the Courttogether with a proposed order of court.Judgment Against The United Statesa.A Judgment can only be entered against the United Statesupon evidence satisfactory to the Court.13

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaV.SUBSEQUENT FILINGSA.All subsequent pleadings are electronically filed with the Clerk of the Courtvia the Court’s CM/ECF system, and not with the individual judicial officerto whom the case is assigned.B.Each pleading must have the correct case style as indicated in theexample that follows. It should have the parties' names listed. It issufficient to list the first party followed by "et. al." or similar on anypleading except: complaintamended complaintany third-party action, orany pleading adding a partynotice of removalThe style for subsequent filings should be as follows:IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIAPLAINTIFF, et. al.,Plaintiff(s),vs.DEFENDANT, et al.,Defendant(s).)))))))))Civil Action No.[District Judge Name][Magistrate Judge Name, as appropriate]TITLE OF PLEADINGC.For sealed documents, each document filed with the Clerk must be onlettersize paper (8½" x 11"). (See LCvR 5.1.A)14

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaD.Every pleading must be signed by the attorney or the pro se litigant with: of General Requirements1. nameaddresstelephone number, andIf a Pennsylvania attorney, his/her PA attorney I.D. numbercorrect courtnames of partiescorrect case numbertitle of pleadingelectronic signature of attorney with name, firm address, telephonenumber and Pennsylvania Attorney ID Number, if a Pennsylvaniaattorney (See F.R.Civ.P. 11)In addition to the general requirements, certain motions must also beaccompanied by:1.All motions should be accompanied with a proposed order grantingthe motion. The proposed order should be filed as a separateattachment from the motion and should have a place for the judgeto sign if the motion is granted. [See LCvR7.D]2.All discovery motions require a certificate of conference. (SeeF.R.Civ.P. 37(a)(1))3.Additional information regarding Motions Practice and Brief Writingfor Attorneys appearing in the Western District of Pennsylvania canbe found at

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaVI.DISCOVERYA.In the United States District Court for the Western District ofPennsylvania, discovery items (depositions, requests for production,interrogatories, etc.) ARE NOT filed unless ordered by the judicial officerassigned to the case. (See LCvR 5.4.A)B.A notice of deposition and the issuance of a deposition subpoena do notneed to be accompanied by a Court Order. (See F.R.Civ.P. 30 and 45)1.The notice of deposition should of person(s) being deposedtimedatelocation of the deposition, andcertificate of service containing an original signatureThe Clerk shall issue a subpoena, signed but otherwise in blank, toa party requesting it, who shall complete it before service. Anattorney as officer of the court may also issue and sign a subpoenaas stated more fully in F.R.Civ.P. 45 (a).16

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaVII.POST-JUDGMENT INSTRUMENTSA.B.Appeals from U.S. District Judges' Decisions1.An appeal from any case heard by a United States District Judgeshall be taken to the appropriate Appeals Court.2.The Notice of Appeal is electronically filed with the Clerk of theDistrict Court and must be accompanied by the filing fee, or motionto file in forma pauperis;3.In civil proceedings an aggrieved party has 30 days from entry onthe docket of the judgment or other appealable disposition to filethe Notice of Appeal. (See F.R.App.P. 4) (If the United States is aparty, any party has 60 days to file Notice of Appeal)4.In criminal proceedings, an appeal must be filed within 14 daysafter entry on the docket of judgment or the order appealed from.5.When a Notice of Appeal is filed, the appellant is responsible forcompleting a transcript purchase order form and making properdistribution. A writable PDF version of the form is available on theCourt’s website at from U.S. Magistrate Judges' Decisions (See LCvR 72.C.2)1.When an aggrieved party is appealing a non-dispositive pretrialdecision of a United States Magistrate Judge to the United StatesDistrict Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, there is no fee and theparty does not prepare a transcript order form. The appeal iselectronically filed with the District Clerk and should indicate theappeal was taken to the United States District Court.2.When an aggrieved party is appealing a dispositive decision of aUnited States Magistrate Judge rendered in a consent case, thatdecision is appealed directly to the Third Circuit Court of Appealsand the same procedure for appealing a decision of a District CourtJudge described above should be followed.17

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaC.Appeals from Bankruptcy Judges' DecisionsWhen a party is appealing a decision of a Bankruptcy Judge, the appeal isfiled with the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court. The Clerk of the BankruptcyCourt then transmits the appeal to the Clerk of the United States DistrictCourt who in turn assigns the appeal a civil action number and assigns ajudge by random draw. All future pleadings filed in connection with theappeal are electronically filed with the Clerk of the United States DistrictCourt and should bear the civil action number assigned the appeal by theUnited States District Clerk, the bankruptcy estate case number, and ifappropriate, any adversary case number.D.Enforcement of a Judgment1.2.E.To Certify a JudgmentA Certification for Registration in Another District, (Form AO 451)(downloadable at r-district)is prepared upon the written or oral request of any party. A filingfee, plus applicable copy fees, must be tendered for the Court toreproduce the judgment and issue a Certification for Registration.Upon request, the completed form may be mailed or picked upprovided the fees are paid in advance. The party should thencontact the district where the judgment is going to be registered toinsure they meet the requirements of that district.To register a judgment entered in any other Federal Court with thisCourt, the party should first request a Certification for Registrationin Another District from the Court where the original judgment wasentered. When this is done, the certification form (AO 451) is filedwith the District Clerk's Office and is assigned a miscellaneouscase number. The Miscellaneous case filing fee is to be paid.Writ of ExecutionWrit of Execution forms are available from the District Clerk's Office andwebsite (downloadable at Once the formis prepared, the requesting party should file it at the original civil actionnumber for issuance. After processing and issuance, the attorney isnotified. A Writ of Execution should be accompanied by a United StatesMarshal's Form 285 for the United States Marshal for the Western Districtof Pennsylvania to execute if an actual levy it to be made. This form can beeither obtained from the District Clerk’s Office or downloaded from . There is no filing fee requiredby the Clerk for a Writ of Execution. However, the Marshal’s Servicerequires a fee for execution. The Marshal only serves Writs of Executionwhen an actual levy is to be made.18

U.S. District CourtWestern District of PennsylvaniaF.Writs of Execution and interrogatories to garnishees where no property isordered seized shall be served by a person designated by the Court forsuch service.Rule 3252 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure providesthat the Clerk shall be furnished by the party applying for a Writ ofExecution with copies of the notice to the defendant, a summary ofmajor exemptions and a claim for exemptions. In the absence offurnishing such documents, the Clerk shall withhold issuance of theWrit of Execution until such documents are filed.G.Bill of Costs [See F.R.Civ.P. 54(d); 28 U.S.C. §§1920, 1924; LCvR 54.B]1.A Bill of Costs (Form AO 133) (downloadable osts-district-court) isprepared by the prevailing party in a civil case. The bill of costsshould reflect all costs incurred by the party, including the filing feeif the plaintiff is the prevailing party.a.Costs can only be taxed by the Clerk when there is ajudgment. Costs cannot be taxed in a settled case,unless the costs are to be a part of the settlement.b.Fees for trial transcripts are generally not taxedunless they were requested by the Court or wereneeded for an appeal. When allowed, only the costsof the original is usually permitted. Expedited copiesor daily copies are not taxed unless requested by theCourt.c.Fees for printing and exemplification of copies aregenerally not taxable unless offered into evidence.d.Witness fees are for those witnesses who actuallyappeared and testified. Expert witness fees are nottaxed unless permitted by the Court. Expert fee

e. Each attorney's or pro se litigant's name must be typed and signed on the last page of the complaint, with: (1) his/her address (2) telephone number (3) if a Pennsylvania attorney, his/her Pennsylvania Attorney ID Number f. To file a complaint, the attorney must have an electronic signature on the complaint and must have an electronic

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