What happens after the decision?
If you succeed, the other party may arrange to pay you in installments, lasting up to 12 months, as set by the district justice. However, the defendant has 30 days to appeal the decision to Common Pleas Court and you cannot collect your money until that time has passed. If there is an appeal, a Notice of Appeal is filed with the prothonotary in the county courthouse. Copies of the notice will be served on both you and the district judge who made the decision. The notice prevents you from collecting any money until the appeal is decided. If the district justice's decision is in favor of the defendant, you have the right to appeal in the same manner. Please note that any party filing an appeal must also file a Proof of Service of copies of his Notice of Appeal no later than 10 days after the appeal is filed. If appealed, the case will then be heard in Common Pleas Court. Since the procedure of this court is governed by more formal rules, the presence of an attorney is strongly advised.

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