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Rev. 1/2020 (lccpa)RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURECOURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF LEHIGH COUNTYRule 51Title and Citation of Rules.All civil rules of procedure adopted by the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh Countyshall be cited as Lehigh Rules of Civil Procedure (“Leh.R.C.P.”)Rule 52Effective Dates of Rules.(a)A rule or amendment to a rule shall become effective upon the date specified bythe court in adopting or amending such rule.(b)If no effective date is specified, the rule or amendment to the rule shall becomeeffective on the first day of July or January following the thirtieth day after itsadoption, whichever is earlier.Rule 76Definitions.Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words and phrases used in any ruleadopted by the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County shall be given the same meaning as isgiven said words and phrases by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure with the followingexceptions and additions: (1) "The court", which shall mean the Court of Common Pleas ofLehigh County; (2) "rule", which shall mean any rule of court adopted by the Court of CommonPleas of Lehigh County; (3) “clerk of courts” shall mean the clerk of courts, civil division; and(4) “except as otherwise provided", which shall mean except as provided by statute, by thePennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, or by specific local court rule.Rule 100Admission to the Bar of this Court.(a)The clerk of courts shall keep and maintain a roll consisting of attorneys whohave been admitted to the Bar of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County inaccordance with the requirements hereinafter set forth.(b)Admission to the bar of this court shall be by petition of the applicant, presentedby a member of this bar, which petition shall show that the applicant (1) has beenadmitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and (2) is a person ofgood moral character.(c)Nothing contained in this rule shall prevent any attorney who is in good standingas a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from practicing inthis court.Rule 101Principles of Interpretation.The principles of interpretation and rules of construction embodied in Pa. R.C.P. 102 to153 inclusive shall apply to these rules, with the substitution in each case of the words "Court ofCommon Pleas of Lehigh County" for the words "Supreme Court."

Rule 105Bonds and Surety.(1)When a bond with approved security is required, the surety shall be a certifiedsurety company in accordance with a list thereof filed in the office of the clerk ofcourts, or in lieu thereof, a certified check, bank money order payable to LehighCounty Clerk of Courts, or a deposit of cash.(2)No attorney or other person officially connected with or concerned with thebusiness of the court shall become bail or surety or post bond for any person inany proceeding, except with prior written approval of the court.(3)Where cash is deposited in lieu of approved surety, the party required to postbond shall execute his personal bond in appropriate form stating the terms andconditions under which such cash deposit is made; provided, however, that thisrule shall have no application to the posting of cash bail in criminal cases.(4)Except in the cases of appeals from proceedings before the minor judiciary, anyparty filing a bond shall immediately serve a copy thereof upon the adverse partyor his attorney.(5)In all cases the form of the bond and the surety thereon shall be subject to reviewby the court upon the filing of a petition stating specifically the objections thereto,together with notice to the adverse party or his attorney in accordance withLeh.R.C.P. 206.1.Rule 205.2(1)(2)Court Records.Records. Filing. Docket Entries.(i)The Clerk of Courts shall be responsible for maintaining systems for thefiling of documents and shall make appropriate entries in docketsmaintained for that purpose. Documents filed shall be endorsed with theday and exact time of filing, which endorsement, in the absence of fraud,accident or mistake, shall be conclusive evidence of such date and time offiling.(ii)The entry of a full or partial satisfaction and of the discontinuance,settlement, or termination of an action may be made by the Clerk ofCourts upon praecipe of a party, the attorney of record for the party, or aduly authorized agent of the party, and such entry shall be attested by theClerk of Courts.(iii)Except as set forth in this rule, no person other than the Clerk of Courts ora duly appointed and sworn Deputy Clerk shall be permitted to make anyentry on the court dockets.Removal of Court Records

(i)Except as hereinafter provided, no record, exhibit or document shall betaken from the office of the Clerk of Courts without a written order signedby one of the judges of the court and requiring the return of such record,exhibit or document within a specified time; provided, however, that underno circumstances shall a bond or recognizance be removed while the samecontinues in force and effect. In cases where the court authorizes theremoval of records, exhibits or documents, the Clerk of Courts shall take awritten receipt for the records, exhibits or documents removed and shallcause the same to be filed with the record papers in the case, which receiptshall be cancelled upon return of the records, exhibits or documentsremoved.(ii)In cases pending in this court or in proceedings held before dulyauthorized officers of the court, the Clerk of Courts may deliver recordpapers or dockets to an appropriate officer of the court, accepting in returnsuch officer's written receipt which shall be noted and filed ashereinbefore set forth.Rule 205.2(a)Filing of Legal Papers with the Clerk of Courts.All pleadings and other documents submitted for filing with the Clerk of Courts shallconform with the following requirements:(1)The use of backers and/or toppers is prohibited.(2)All documents shall be fastened together by staples.(3)The text of original documents shall not be highlighted by the use of coloredmarkers. Highlighting of text can be done by bolding or by using a different styleand size of font.(4)All documents shall be single-sided and double-spaced, except that quotations,footnotes and exhibits may be single-spaced.(5)The font size of all documents shall be not less 12 points.(6)Paper shall be of good quality and shall not exceed 8-1/2” x 11” in size.(7)Attachments smaller than 8-1/2” x 11” shall be attached to regular size paper byusing scotch tape.(8)All exhibits shall be identified as such on the bottom center of each document aswell as by exhibit tabs.(9)All pages shall be numbered consecutively. The number shall appear at thebottom center position of each page.(10)All copies attached to documents shall be clear and legible.

(11)All documents shall contain the following: (i) the correct caption of the case,including the names of the parties, the docket number, the division of the court,and the name of the assigned judge, if any; (ii) a title indicating the nature of thedocument; (iii) the name, address, telephone number, fax number and SupremeCourt identification number of the attorney filing the document; and (iv) if theparty filing the document is not an attorney, the name, address, telephone numberof such party.(12)No document submitted for filing to the clerk of courts – civil shall disclose thesocial security number of any person, except as specifically authorized by courtorder.Rule 205.2(b)Cover Sheets.RescindedRule 205.3Fee to Provide Electronic Filing Services.The Clerk of Courts – Civil Division may impose a reasonable fee approved by the Court,to be included in the fee for Commencement of Actions, for the provision of electronic filingservices. Such fees collected shall be maintained in a separate account and shall be used solely todefray the costs of electronic filing.Rule 205.4Electronic Filing of Legal Documents Filed in the Clerk ofJudicial Records - Civil Division.(a)(1) Authorization for Electronic Filing of Civil and Family Legal Papers(i)In accordance with Pa. R. C. P. No.239.9, the Lehigh County Court ofCommon Pleas mandates the electronic filing of legal papers in Civil casesand the electronic service of such papers effective March 19, 2018, andmandates the electronic filing of legal papers in Family cases (i.e. custodyand divorce matters), with the exception of Protection From Abuse andDomestic Relations cases, and the electronic service of such paperseffective January 1, 2020 as specifically defined within this rule. Theapplicable general rules of court and court policies that implement therules shall continue to apply to all filings regardless of the method offiling. Electronic filing and service shall be governed by this rule.(ii)In the context of this rule, “legal papers”, which shall be filedelectronically shall be in all civil, custody and divorce cases, but notincluding Domestic Relations, Protection from Abuse cases or Orphans’Court matters.(iii)All registered participants are eligible to file the legal papers as indicatedin paragraph (a)(1)(ii) above.CommentThe primary intent of this rule is to facilitate the filing of all legal papers that areexpressly permitted under this subsection.

(b)(1) Authorized Electronic Format of Legal Papers Electronically Filed. All legalpapers shall be filed electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF). Anylegal paper or exhibit submitted in hard copy/paper format shall incur anadministrative fee of 1.00 per page for the Clerk of Judicial Records-CivilDivision to convert the legal paper or exhibit to a Portable Document Format(PDF) and the Clerk of Judicial Records-Civil Division shall return the hard copylegal paper or exhibit to the filing party for retention as required by Pa.R.C.P. No.205.4(b)(4).(c)(1) A legal paper filed electronically shall be deemed the original document.(c)(2) Website - Access to the Website(i)Website. All legal papers shall be filed electronically through the Clerk ofJudicial Records – Civil Division’s Electronic Filing System “OdysseyFile and Serve” (OFS) which shall be accessible through the LehighCounty Website, to the Website. To obtain access to the Electronic Filing System,counsel and any unrepresented party must apply for and receive a UserName and Password.(d)(1) Payment of Filing Fees(i)The Clerk of Judicial Records – Civil Division will accept electronicpayment of all filing fees with the following credit and debit cards:Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Visa and eCheck.(ii)The credit or debit card will be charged with a convenience fee dictated bythe credit card vendor.(iii)The Clerk of Judicial Records-Civil Division will accept payment ofelectronic filing fees in cash, checks, credit or debit card when filing inperson at the counter in the Clerk of Judicial Records-Civil Division.(e)Reserved(f)Local ProceduresAs authorized by Pa.R.C.P.No.205.4(0, the following local administrative procedures areadopted:(i)As provided by Pa.R.C.P No. 1023.1, the required signature on anelectronic filing of legal papers is established by submission of a filing andthe application of a digitized signature or the name of the filer proceededby /s/ accompanied by the attorney’s printed name or a scanned documentwith an original signature. Verification will be achieved through the use ofan email address and a password obtained from the OFS System. The OFSsystem will verify the user ID against the state ID number. Verification forparties other than attorneys will be verified through the user ID.(ii)The legal paper must include a signature block, and the name of the filerunder whose user name and password the legal filing is submitted.

(iii)The Electronic Filing Application (OFS) shall provide to the filer, usingthe email address registered by the filer, a Courtesy Email acknowledgingthat the filing was received. An Official Notification will be displayed inthe Electronic Filing System, which includes the time and date, as apending filing awaiting approval by the Clerk of Judicial Records-CivilDivision. Within six (6) business hours of the receipt of the legal paper,the Clerk of Judicial Records-Civil Division shall provide the filer withnotification through the Electronic Filing System that the legal paper hasbeen either accepted or rejected.(iv)If a legal paper is accepted, it shall be deemed to have been filed as of thedate and time it was received by the Electronic Filing System; however, ifa legal paper is submitted without the requisite filing fee, the legal papershall be deemed to have been accepted for filing as of the date payment isreceived pursuant to 42 P.S Section 21073(b),”The Clerk of JudicialRecords-Civil Division shall not be required to enter on the docket anysuit or action or order of court or to enter any judgment thereon andperform any services whatsoever for any person, political subdivision orthe Commonwealth until the requisite fee is paid."Note: As required by Pa.R.C.P. No. 205.4(c) (1) access to the Electronic Filing System shall beavailable at all times, except for routine maintenance; however, legal documents can onlybe reviewed by the staff of the Clerk of Judicial Records-Civil Division during normaloffice hours. Therefore, filers are cautioned to file required legal papers well in advanceof any filing deadlines to enable timely correction and re-submission in the event a legalpaper is not acceptable for filing.(v)Pa.R.C.P. No. 204.1(3) requires that the first sheet of all pleadings,motions and other legal filings shall contain a 3-inch space from the top ofthe paper. This space shall be reserved solely for the use of the Clerk ofJudicial Records – Civil Division for the electronic date and time stamp,and other official use.(vi)As required by Pa.R.C.P 205.5, the filer shall include the statewide coversheet with the initial filing.(vii)If a legal document is refused for filing, the Clerk of Judicial RecordsCivil Division shall specify a reason. Subject to the Rule 205.4 (e)(3), alegal paper refused for filing shall be deemed as not having been filed.(viii) Neither the Court nor the Clerk of Judicial Records-Civil Division shall berequired to maintain a hard copy of any legal paper, notice, or order filedor maintained under this rule.(g)Service of Legal Papers(i)Once an electronic filing has been accepted by the Clerk of JudicialRecords-Civil Division, it shall be the responsibility of the filing party toprovide to the Sheriff of Lehigh County, the proper service fee and thedocuments for Original Service and Writs.

Rule 206.1(a)Petitions.(1)A petition to open a default judgment or a judgment of non-pros shall be governedby Pa.R.C.P. 206.1 et seq.(2)A petition to open and/or strike a judgment shall be governed by Pa.R.C.P. 2959et seq.(3)A petition to compromise, settle, or discontinue an action in which a minor has aninterest under Pa.R.C.P. 2039 shall be prepared and filed pursuant to Leh.R.C.P.2039.(4)A petition to compromise, settle, or discontinue an action in which anincapacitated person has an interest under Pa.R.C.P. 2064 shall be prepared andfiled pursuant to Leh.R.C.P. 2064.(5)A petition to settle, compromise, or discontinue a wrongful death or survivalaction in which a minor or incapacitated person has an interest under Pa.R.C.P.2206 shall be prepared and filed pursuant to Leh.R.C.P. 2206.(6)Except as otherwise provided by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure or bystatute, all other applications for relief shall be in the form of a motion and shallbe governed by Leh.R.C.P. 208.3(a) or (b).Note: All Lehigh County Rules of Civil Procedure may be found on the web site for the LehighCounty Court of Common Pleas, 206.4(c)Rule to Show Cause.(1)All petitions shall be filed with clerk of courts, and a copy thereof shall bedelivered to the court administrator’s office together with an unattached form oforder as set forth in Pa. R.C.P. 206.5. If the petition is uncontested, the petitionshall contain a certification to that effect.(2)The assigned judge will address the petition and proposed rule to show cause. Ifthe petition states prima facie grounds for relief, the assigned judge shall issue arule to show cause and may grant a stay of proceedings. The assigned judge willdetermine the return date for the rule as well as the deadlines for completion ofdepositions, for an evidentiary hearing, or for argument, as the judge shall deemappropriate.(3)The clerk of courts shall be responsible for service of the petition and rule to showcause on all parties.(4)After being served with a copy of the petition and rule to show cause, therespondent shall file an answer on or before the return date fixed in the rule.(5)All answers to petitions shall be filed with the clerk of courts, and a copy thereofshall be delivered to the court administrator’s office.

Rule 208.2(c)(1)All motions shall identify any statute, caselaw, and/or procedural rules reliedupon to justify the relief requested.Rule 208.2(d)(1)Discovery Motions.A motion relating to discovery must aver (i) that counsel for the movant orpetitioner has conferred with opposing counsel and all unrepresented parties withrespect to each matter set forth in the motion and has made a good faith effort toresolve the parties’ differences, but has been unable to do so; or (ii) that counselhas made a good faith effort to confer, but has been unable to do so.Rule 208.3(a)(1)Uncontested Motions.An uncontested motion shall be accompanied by a certification of counsel that themotion is uncontested.Rule 208.2(e)(1)Content of Motions.Procedures for the Disposition of Certain Motions.The following motions shall be governed by Pa.R.C.P. 208.3(a):(i)Motions certified as uncontested(ii)Motions for continuance(iii)Motions to extend time for discovery(iv)Motions to withdraw as counsel(v)Motions for special service(vi)Motions to compel discovery(vii)Motions regarding subpoenas, attendance and testifying based uponPa.R.C.P. 234.1-239.9.(viii) Motions to reassess damages in mortgage foreclosure actions(ix)Emergency motions(2)Motions shall be filed with the clerk of courts and a copy thereof, along with theoriginal proposed order which would grant the relief requested, shall be deliveredto the court administrator’s office for transmittal to the assigned judge.(3)Service of all motions shall be made and a certification of service filed inaccordance with Rule 208.3(b)(3) herein below. A motion to withdraw as counselshall be served upon the movant’s client as well as upon all counsel of record andany unrepresented parties.(4)Notwithstanding the foregoing, motions for continuance may be presenteddirectly to the assigned judge on the continuance form available from the courtadministrator’s office. Such motions may be submitted directly to the assignedjudge’s chambers by hand delivery, by mail, or by facsimile transmission. Prior tosubmitting any such motion, the movant or his/her counsel shall confer with allcounsel of record and any unrepresented parties to determine their position withrespect to the continuance request, and shall indicate their position in the motion.

Note: Motions for continuances of arbitration cases shall be made pursuant to Leh.R.C.P.1303.1(5)Unless the motion is certified as uncontested, the assigned judge shall provide anopportunity for argument either orally in open court, by written briefs, or bytelephone conference, as the judge shall direct by written notice to all parties.(6)In lieu of the procedures set forth in subparagraphs (2) through (4) of this rule,any motion governed by Pa.R.C.P. 208.3(a) may be presented in open court to thejudge assigned to the case at this judge’s weekly motion court. The movant shallgive the assigned judge, all counsel of record, and all unrepresented parties notless than five days advance written notice of the date, time and place of theintended presentation of the motion, together with a complete copy of the motion.If the movant is unable to comply with this notice requirement because of anemergency, the movant shall have made a good-faith effort to notify all opposingcounsel of record and all unrepresented parties as soon as possible of the intendedpresentation of the motion, and shall describe those efforts in the motion. Thisnotice requirement may be waived with the consent of all interested parties, or itmay be waived or modified by the court in emergency situations.(7)Emergency motions. Motions that are certified as being emergent in nature, andsetting forth the nature of the emergency, shall be filed with the clerk of courtsand delivered to the judge assigned to the case, if any. If the assigned judge is notavailable, or if no judge has been assigned, the motion shall be delivered to thecourt administrator’s office for referral to another judge for scheduling anddisposition.Rule 208.3(b)Procedures for the Disposition of All Other Motions.(1)All motions other than those governed by Pa.R.C.P. 208.3(a) shall be governed bythe procedures set forth in this rule.(2)Motions subject to this rule shall be filed with the Clerk of Courts, Civil Division,and shall be accompanied by a supporting brief. A copy of same, along with theoriginal of the proposed form of order, shall be delivered to the courtadministrator’s office for transmittal to the assigned judge.(3)Immediately after filing a motion, the party filing the same shall serve a completecopy upon all other counsel of record and all unrepresented parties, in accordancewith Pa.R.C.P. 440 (relating to service of legal papers other than originalprocess). Within five days of the filing of the motion, the party filing the sameshall file a certification of service, certifying that proper service has been made.The court in its discretion may strike, dismiss or deny any motion for failure tocomply with the service and certification requirements of this rule.(4)Any party opposing the motion shall file a response along with a supporting brief,within twenty (20) days after service of the motion. A copy thereof shall bedelivered to the court administrator’s office for transmittal to the assigned judge.If a response is not filed as provided above, the court may treat the motion asuncontested.

(5)If the movant does not file a supporting brief, the non-moving party need not doso, and the court may consider the movant to have abandoned the request forrelief.(6)If any motion governed by this rule requires emergency action by the court, themoving party shall indicate same in the title of the motion and shall follow eitherprocedure set forth herein:(i)Movant may present, with five (5) days written notice to all parties, themotion to the judge at his/her civil motion day; or(ii)Movant may proceed as set forth in subparagraph (2) of this rule. Theassigned judge, or such judge as is available, shall upon receipt of such motion from the courtadministrator’s office, handle the motion as he/she determines appropriate.Rule 210Form of Briefs.(1)Each brief shall contain (1) a history of the case, (2) a statement of the pertinentfacts, (3) a statement of the questions involved, and (4) the argument.(2)The argument shall be divided into as many parts as there are questions involved.Citations to opinions of an appellate court of this or another jurisdiction shall beto the official reports of that court.Rule 211(1)Rule 212.1Oral Arguments.Any party who has failed to file a brief in accordance with applicable rules ofcourt may be denied oral argument.Trial Dates, Discovery Deadlines, Pre-trial Statements.(1)The requirements of Pa.R.C.P. 212.1 and 212.2 shall apply to civil actions to betried non-jury.(2)Notwithstanding the requirements of Pa.R.C.P. 212.1(b), in the event a pre-trialconference is scheduled, a pre-trial statement shall be filed by all parties, and acopy delivered to chambers of the assigned judge, not later than five (5) daysprior to the pre-trial conference.Rule 212.2Content of Pre-trial Statement.Pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 212.2 (a) (7), the pre-trial statement required by Pa. R.C.P. 212.2shall also include the following information:(a)the estimated length of trial;(b)a statement of reasons to support a request for view, if desired;(c)any scheduling problems;(d)any special evidentiary issues;(e)a realistic settlement demand or offer.

Rule 212.3Pre-Trial and Pre-Trial Settlement Conferences.(a)In any action, i.e. jury, non-jury, equity and arbitration appeals, the court on itsown motion, or upon praecipe or written request of any party, may direct theattorneys for the parties to appear for a pre-trial conference or settlementconference. The assigned judge shall determine the procedures for any pre-trial orpre-trial settlement conference. Notice of such conferences shall be given to allcounsel or unrepresented parties by the court.(b)Failure to participate in such conference(s), or to provide the required pre-trialstatement, will justify the imposition of sanctions, including fines, reimbursementof reasonable attorney fees, and/or dismissal of the case or the entry of judgmentagainst the offending party.(c)Only counsel fully familiar with the case and authorized by their clients to discusssettlement candidly shall appear at pre-trial and pre-trial settlement conferences.If an attorney does not have complete settlement authority, the party or personwith full settlement authority shall accompany the attorney to the conference orshall be immediately available by telephone during the conference. Counsel shallbe prepared to discuss all phases of the case and are required to bring the relevantportions of their files. Failure of counsel to appear or to state his or her positioncandidly or to bring all essential materials may result in the imposition ofsanctions against the attorney or the client.(d)If a settlement conference is to be scheduled in a non-jury or equity case, at thetime the court schedules the settlement conference on its motion, the court mayassign the case to a judge, other than the assigned judge, for the purpose ofholding the settlement conference. If the settlement conference is scheduledpursuant to the filing of a praecipe or written request filed by any party, themovant may also request the assignment of the case to a judge other than theassigned judge for the purpose of holding a settlement conference. Once thesettlement conference is concluded, the case will then be returned to the assignedjudge.(e)In aid of settlement, the trial judge may order a summary trial to be held inaccordance with such rules and procedures he/she deems appropriate.Rule 212.4Lawyer Mediation Program.Settlement conferences in civil cases may be conducted through a court supervised"Lawyer Mediation Program."(a)Appointment of Mediators.Lawyer mediators shall be selected at the sole discretion of the judges of the civildivision.(b)Assignment of Cases for Mediation.(1)The judge to whom a civil case has been assigned may in his or herdiscretion, assign a case to a lawyer mediator to conduct a settlementconference.

(c)(2)Any litigant involved in a pending civil action can request that the case besubmitted to a lawyer mediator to conduct a settlement conference;however, the assignment of the case to a lawyer mediator is at the solediscretion of the trial judge. All such requests must be made on writtenmotion submitted in accordance with rules of this court governing motionspractice. In the event a case has not been listed for trial, no motion for theappointment of a lawyer mediator to conduct a settlement conference willbe considered by the court except on stipulation of all parties to the action.(3)The lawyer mediator assigned to conduct the settlement conference shallbe determined at the sole discretion of the trial judge.Duties.It shall be the responsibility of the lawyer mediator to conduct settlement conference(s) inthe case to which he or she is assigned.(d)Notice.(1)When the trial judge assigns a case to a lawyer mediator to conduct asettlement conference, the parties will be notified by the courtadministrator’s office of the identity and business address of the lawyermediator. Upon notification of the appointment of the lawyer mediator itshall be the responsibility of each attorney of record to promptly contactthe lawyer mediator and advise him/her of dates on which the attorney isavailable to attend a settlement conference. The date for the settlementconference shall be selected by the lawyer mediator based uponavailability of all counsel of record. Settlement conferences conducted bythe lawyer mediator will be held at a location determined by the lawyermediator.(2)In the event a case is assigned to a lawyer mediator for settlementconference, at least seven (7) days prior to the conference, counsel shallprovide the lawyer mediator with the following information:i.A copy of all pre-trial conference statements previously filed bythat party.ii.A copy of all expert reports (relating to liability as well asdamages) in the possession of that party and which the partyintends to use at the time of trial;iii.While it is not necessary that a complete set of all medical recordsbe provided to the lawyer mediator in advance of the pre-trialconference, any party to the action may in their discretion providerelevant portions thereof which may be of assistance to the lawyermediator in conducting the conference and makingrecommendations;iv.Any other information that counsel deems important for the properevaluation of the case including, but not limited to, any "settlementbrochure", photographs, digests of relevant depositions, etc.

(e)(f)Settlement Conferences.(1)Only trial counsel shall appear at any settlement conference held before alawyer mediator.(2)Trial counsel for each and every party to the action shall appear at thedate, time and location set for settlement conference, which conferenceshall continue until adjourned by the lawyer mediator.(3)Trial counsel shall have their respective clients available by telephone atthe time of the c

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