Service of process; in order to be timely, must be made within six months from commencement. (SB1278)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Service of process; timing. Provides that in order to be timely, service of process must be made within six months from the commencement of the action. Currently, service of process is timely if made within 12 months. The bill also provides that no nonsuit may be taken more than six months after the commencement of an action in the absence of timely service of process unless the court finds that the plaintiff exercised due diligence in attempting to serve process. Read the Bill »


01/14/2013: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/14/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103825D
01/14/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1278)
02/01/2013Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)