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LUKACKO v. MUCERINO. (03/24/60)

March 24, 1960

LUKACKO, APPELLANT,
v.
MUCERINO.



Appeal, No. 428, Oct. T., 1959, from judgment of Municipal Court of Philadelphia County, Sept. T., 1957, No. 1039, in case of Andrew Lukacko v. Mae Mucerino. Judgment affirmed.

COUNSEL

F. Raymond Heuges, for appellant.

Weston C. Overholt, Jr., with him Harper, George, Buchanan & Driver, for appellee.

Before Rhodes, P.j., Hirt, Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ.

Author: Rhodes

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 5]

OPINION BY RHODES, P.J.

This appeal concerns the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia over a proceeding in which a judgment had been opened and transferred to it by the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of Philadelphia County.*fn1 The specific question involved is whether the proceeding on an opened judgment is "an action... pending before the court of common pleas" which shall be transferred to the municipal court in accordance with section 10.1 of the Act of July 12, 1913, P.L. 711, as added by the Act of June 13, 1957, P.L. 291, § 1, 17 PS § 693.1. The municipal court determined that the proceeding was properly before it and discharged appellant-plaintiff's rule to strike the proceeding from the record and re-transfer the case to the court of common pleas.

On May 26, 1949, plaintiff entered a judgment by confession against defendant in the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of Philadelphia County on a note in the

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 6]

    sum of $4,500. On May 6, 1955, a scire facias was issued to revive the judgment. On November 28, 1955, defendant filed a petition to strike off the judgment alleging that the signature on the note was forged. On January 8, 1957, the judgment was opened upon a stipulation of the parties approved by the court. Thereafter, on September 11, 1957, the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of Philadelphia County transferred the case to the municipal court. A jury trial was waived and the case was tried in the municipal court without a jury before Judge DINUBILE. On October 21, 1958, a finding was entered for defendant. Plaintiff's subsequent motion for a new trial was dismissed, and, on February 6, 1959, judgment was entered for defendant.

Three months later, on May 5, 1959, plaintiff filed a petition in the municipal court to strike the proceedings from the record and return the case to the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of Philadelphia County on the ground that the case had been improperly transferred in the first instance. The court dismissed the petition, and plaintiff has appealed.

Section 10.1 of the Act of 1913, as added by the Act of 1957, 17 PS § 693.1, provides in part as follows:

"(b) If an action is pending before the court of common pleas of Philadelphia County, and the value of the matter or thing in controversy does not exceed the maximum amount over which the Municipal Court of Philadelphia has original jurisdiction..., it shall transfer the ...


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