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Jurisdiction and Case Assignment

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania includes the counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia.

Court for the Eastern District is held in courthouses in Philadelphia, Reading, Allentown and Easton.

When it appears from the designation form filed by counsel, or from the complaint, petition, motion, answer, response, indictment, information or other pleading in a civil or criminal case, that a plaintiff or defendant resides in or that the accident, incident or transaction occurred in the counties of Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh or Northampton, said case shall be assigned for trial and pretrial procedures to a judge assigned to hear cases from Reading, Allentown or Easton.

All other cases, unless otherwise directed by the court, shall be tried in Philadelphia and are assigned to the presiding judge at the time of filing. (See Local Civil Rule 40.1)