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Legal Statutes: Pennsylvania

UPDATED May 25, 2017

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Actions Pursuant to Protection from Abuse Act

back to topRule 1901.1. Venue

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), an action for protection from abuse may be brought in a county in which

(1) the plaintiff resides, either temporarily or permanently, or is employed, or

(2) the defendant may be served, or

(3) the abuse occurred.

(b) If the relief sought includes possession of the residence or household to the exclusion of the defendant, the action shall be brought only in the county in which the residence or household is located.

(c) An action for indirect criminal contempt may be filed in, and heard by, the court in the county in which the order was issued or where the violation occurred.
Adopted Jan. 25, 1991, effective July 1, 1991. Amended May 2, 2006, effective May 9, 2006.