Monday, January 28, 2019

parties - unknown/John Doe defendants - rules of civil procedure

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted new Rule 2005 governing the naming of unknown, or John/Jane Doe, defendants in a complaint. Currently, the Rules of Civil Procedure are silent as to the use of Doe defendants in litigation; however, case law shows that the naming of Doe defendants has occurred. Rule 2005 is intended to fill this gap by standardizing the procedure in which to assert a cause of action against a Doe defendant.