No. 749 Philadelphia 1982, Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Civil Division, at No. 81-17263.
M. Patricia Harkins, Lafayette Hill, for appellant.
Robert J. Edelmayer, Norristown, for appellee.
Spaeth, President Judge, and Brosky and Hoffman, JJ.
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Appellant contends that the lower court erred in dismissing his petition to open and/or strike judgment because he had failed to file a supporting brief within the period mandated by Rule 302(d) of the Montgomery County Rules of Civil Procedure. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the order of the court below.
On September 16, 1981, because appellant defaulted on his rent payments and continued to occupy the leased premises, appellee, the lessor, commenced a civil action against appellant seeking a judgment in ejectment and for money damages in the amount of the unpaid rent. On the same date, appellee confessed judgment against appellant. On September 29, 1981, appellant filed a petition to open and/or strike the judgments. After appellee answered the petition, the lower court, by order dated December 4, 1981,
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directed that the case be placed on the argument list upon the filing of a praecipe and, if necessary, the taking of depositions. On December 14, 1981, appellee filed the praecipe. On February 11, 1982, the lower court issued an order dismissing the petition to open and/or strike judgment because appellant had failed to file a supporting brief within the thirty day period mandated by Rule 302(d) of the Montgomery County Rules of Civil Procedure.*fn1 This appeal followed.
Rule 302(d), in effect at the time of the instant case,*fn2 provided:
Briefs required -- In Interlocutory matters, 302(c)(1), briefs or memoranda of law may be submitted by counsel to the court administrator at any time prior to the date of argument or to the hearing judge at the time of argument. In Appealable matters, 302(c)(2), the moving party or parties shall file its brief within 30 days of the filing of the motion, petition or preliminary objection, and shall file the same by giving three copies of the brief to the court administrator's office, who shall stamp the same received, and by serving concurrently therewith copies upon all other parties of record. The court administrator shall distribute to the judge or judges assigned to hear those matters, a copy of said brief or briefs.
The responding party or parties, within 30 days of the filing and service of the moving party's brief, shall likewise file three copies of its brief with the court administrator's office, who shall stamp the same received, and shall serve concurrently therewith copies upon ...