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Rule 1303*(c)-*(e) Hearing. Notice
*(c) Cases for arbitration shall be ordered on the Arbitration List
by praecipe filed with the prothonotary, which praecipe shall comply
with the same requirements and contain the same matters as provided
in Rule *261, except that the provisions of Rule *261 shall not be
deemed applicable where an agreement of reference has been filed.
On the first working day of each month the prothonotary shall deliver
to the court administrator all praecipes filed in the preceding month.
*(d) It shall be the duty of the court administrator to supervise
all cases submitted for arbitration to assure their prompt disposition.
The court administrator shall fix the time and place for the hearing,
which time shall not be less than 45 days after the case is placed
on the list of cases to be arbitrated, and which time shall date
from the date the praecipe is filed in the prothonotary's office.
The court administrator shall schedule as many cases for one day
as may be conveniently heard by however many arbitration panels are
required, the number to be decided by the court administrator. Continuances
shall be granted only by the court administrator for good cause shown
on notice to the parties or their attorneys. Upon failure of a party
to appear at the scheduled arbitration hearing, when the court administrator
has a record of sending notice, the arbitrators shall proceed and
render such award as may be appropriate.
*(e) Any party in the action may raise questions of the matter being
arbitrable under this rule or the composition of the board preliminarily
by notifying the court administrator in writing with notice to opposing
counsel. The Court or judge thereof shall decide such questions before
the matter is heard by the Board on the merits. Failure to raise
such questions within 10 days of the receipt of notice of such appointment
constitutes a waiver thereof.