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Pennsylvania Civil Practice Resources: Specialized Litigation

This guide reviews the different types of Pennsylvania civil practice resources available, and lists examples of each type of resource.

Description of Resources

In addition to the general litigation guides listed above, the LRC has several specialized guides that deal with specific types of ligation. The specialized litigation guides often provide a more detailed discussion of their subjects than that provided by the general litigation guides.

Several of these specialized research guides are published by either the George T. Bisel Publishing Company or the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and they aren't available on Lexis or Westlaw. Many of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute publications provide CDs that include electronic versions of the sets forms that can patrons can download and modify using word processors. Bisel Publishing sells some of its sets on CD.

The guides listed here are a sampling of the LRC's specialized litigation practice guides. There are other resources available. Please contact a reference librarian for more information about available resources.

Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Local Family Law Practice Guides

Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law and Practice

  • Published by Bisel Publishing, not available on Lexis or Westlaw.
  • Call number for print version: KFP117 .F7522.
  • Multivolume loose-leaf set.
  • Includes analysis, checklists, practice tips, and sample forms.
  • Updates are filed at the beginning of each volume rather than incorporated with existing text, so be sure the review update material when using this set.

Pennsylvania Matrimonial Practice

  • Published by West Group, but not available on Westlaw.
  • Call number for print version: KFP95 .R682 2006.
  • Multi-volume treatise on Pennsylvania family law.
  • Arranged according to Pennsylvania family law statutes.
  • Provides detailed analysis, legislative history of Pennsylvania family law statutes, citations to relevant cases, and sample forms.

Pennsylvania Support Practice

  • Published by Bisel Publishing, not available on Lexis or Westlaw.
  • Call number for print version: KFP104.8 .P46.
  • One volume softbound treatise, published annually.
  • Comprehensive analysis of Pennsylvania child support and spousal support law.
  • Includes sample forms.