Motions Court Information

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Information concerning motions is set forth on this page. All motions in an assigned case should be presented to the designated judge, or that judge’s posted replacement. The procedure for motions in an unassigned case is addressed on this page.

In all cases, the following requirements apply for a presented motion:

  • Notice to the opposing party of five business days
  • A copy of the motion must be provided to the judge’s chambers at least twenty four hours in advance.

Civil Court

Motions in unassigned civil cases are to be presented in General Motions Court, in accordance with the Judge of Term’s motion schedule. Judge Michael J. Lucas is the Judge of Term the 1st through the 21st of the month, and Senior Judge Katherine B. Emery is the Judge of Term the 22nd through the end of the month. Please note that separate procedures apply for consented and unconsented motions; in some instances, consented motions may be dropped off in the judge’s chambers.

Judge Michael J. Lucas
Motions in assigned cases are heard on Monday at 1:15 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:45 a.m., in Courtroom Number 5.

Senior Judge Katherine B. Emery
For motions in assigned cases, please send the original in the mail to chambers. Judicial staff will contact attorneys/parties to schedule a date and time for presentation of contested motions.

Criminal Court

Motions in unassigned cases are to be heard in accordance with Administrative Regulation 2021-1 (PDF). If your type of motion is not addressed in the Administrative Regulation, and is not assigned, you must contact Court Administration at 724-228-6797 for a judicial assignment.

President Judge John F. DiSalle
Motions in assigned criminal cases are heard on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom Number 2.

Judge Gary Gilman
Motions in assigned cases are heard on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom Number 4.

Judge Valarie Costanzo
Motions in assigned cases are heard on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom Number 3.

Domestic Relations and Family Court (Custody, Divorce, and Support)

Judge Brandon P. Neuman
Motions in assigned cases are heard on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom Number 6. If the moving party is pro se (unrepresented by counsel) the motion must be presented on Tuesday.

If you notice a motion for Tuesday, you must provide a copy to Judge Neuman’s chambers and sign up for Motions Court by the Friday before at noon. If you notice a motion for Wednesday, you must provide a copy to Judge Neuman’s chambers and sign up for Motions Court by the Monday before at noon.

Juvenile Court (Dependency and Delinquency)

Judge Traci L. McDonald
Motions in assigned cases are heard on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom Number 7.

Orphans’ Court

President Judge John F. DiSalle
Motions in Orphans’ Court cases are heard on Thursday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom Number 2. The advance copy of any motion should be sent to:

Attention Audit and Guardianship Clerk
1 S Main Street
Suite 2001
Washington, PA 15301