How is the other party notified?
Once you have filed a complaint, the clerk will schedule a hearing between 12 and 60 days from the time you file. The law requires that before the hearing, the other party must receive a copy of the complaint. This can be done in one of two ways:
• You can request that the complaint be sent by certified mail. The letter will be delivered to the defendant and the receipt will be returned to the district judge as proof that it was received; or
• The complaint can be delivered by the constable for an additional fee which can be recovered if you win the suit. Sometimes having the complaint personally served is more effective because a person may not be home or may refuse to accept a certified letter and a constable can make certain that the complaint is served.

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2. Can a Magisterial District Judge and/or staff provide legal assistance or guidance?
3. What are the requirements for bringing suit before a Magisterial District Judge?
4. Should I go to District Court or Common Pleas Court?
5. Who can represent me in a Magisterial District Court?
6. Can the Magisterial District Judge order my property be returned?
7. To which District Court should I go?
8. How should I start a law suit?
9. How is the other party notified?
10. Do I need to appear if the Defendant has not entered a defense?
11. Can I get a continuance of the trial?
12. What should I do before the trial?
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14. What happens after the decision?
15. How do I proceed if no appeal is filed?
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21. How Are Summary Offenses Enforced?
22. What Is A Citation?
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