UJS Coronavirus Information

The Pennsylvania Judiciary has provided updates below regarding local court operations and proceedings. We continue to monitor developments regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on court operations.

By order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, all Pennsylvania Courts are generally closed to the public, begining at the close of business March 19, 2020, and lasting through at least April 30, 2020, subject to general and specific directives and exceptions in the order.

We communicate regularly with the Governor’s Office and the state Department of Health for guidance on measures to continue protecting the health and safety of court users and court employees.

Contact your local court for more information or visit their website. Learn more about filing emergency PFAs during this pandemic. You can also learn more about mitigating the spread of the virus at Health.pa.gov.

Supreme Court

March 12 - Supreme Court - Emergency Judicial Order

March 16 - Supreme Court - Order declaring statewide judicial emergency

March 16 - Supreme Court - Authorization for Superior Court and Commonwealth Court

March 17 - Supreme Court - Notice regarding filing extension

March 17 - Supreme Court - Order Re: 19th Judicial District

March 17 - Supreme Court - Order Re: 32nd Judicial District

March 17 - Supreme Court - Order Re: 45th Judicial District

March 17 - Supreme Court - News release (Justice Wecht)

March 17 - Supreme Court - Judicial Administration Order

March 18 - Supreme Court - Administative Order (Courts Closed to the Public)

March 18 - Supreme Court - Letter to Chief Justice Saylor from Secretary of Health Rachel L. Levine

March 18 - Supreme Court - News Release (Pennsylvania Supreme Court Closes Courts to the Public Statewide)

March 19 - Supreme Court - Order Extending April 2020 CLE Deadline

March 24 - Supreme Court - Supplemental Order - Common Pleas Essential Functions (non-exhaustive list)

March 25 - Supreme Court - Order Cancelling Pittsburgh Session

March 27 -  Order Regarding Alternative Filing Procedure for Children's Fast Track Appeals

March 30 - Administrative Order

March 30 - Order Extending Filing Deadlines

March 30 - Order Extending Filing Deadlines (updated)

March 31 - Letter to Chief Justice Saylor Signed by Secretary of Health Rachel Levine

April 1 - Second Supplemental Order Extending Judicial Emergency through April 30

April 1 - News Release - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht Provides COVID-19 Family Self-Quarantine Update

Selected postings from 63 MM 2020 and 64 MM 2020

March 20 - 63 MM 2020 - Application for Extraordinary Relief

March 20 - 64 MM 2020 - Application for Extraordinary Relief

March 20 - 64 MM 2020 - Petition for Emergency Preliminary Injunction Temporary Restraining Order

March 20 - 63 And 64 MM 2020 - Gov. Wolf's Answer To Emergency Applications

March 21 - 64 MM 2020 - Status Letter

March 21 - 64 MM 2020 ONLY - Praecipe to Withdraw the Application for Extraordinary Relief Pursuant to King's Bench Jurisdiction

March 22 - 63 MM 2020 - Application for Leave of the City of Philadelphia to File Amicus Brief

March 22 - 63 MM 2020 - Order Denying Application for Extraordinary Relief

March 22 - 63 MM 2020 - Concurring and Dissenting Statement (J Wecht)

Selected postings from 68 MM 2020

March 24 - 68 MM 2020 - Emergency Application for Extraordinary Relief

March 26 - 68 MM 2020 - Ancillary Application for Relief

March 26 - 68 MM 2020 - Answer to Emergency Application

March 26 - 68 MM 2020 - Supplemental Aplication for Relief

March 27 - 68 MM 2020 - Per Curiam Order

March 31 - 68 MM 2020 - Petitioner's Brief

March 31 - 68 MM 2020 - Reproduced Record

April 2 - 68 MM 2020 - Supp App For Relief (Pet Blueberry Hill)

April 2 - 68 MM 2020 - Supp App for Relief (Pet Gregory)

April 3 - 68 MM 2020 - Amicus Brief (City of Phila)

April 3 - 68 MM 2020 - Amicus Brief (PA Assoc of Realtors)

April 3 - 68 MM 2020 - Answer to Supp Apps for Relief

April 3 - 68 MM 2020 - Respondents' Brief

April 6 - 68 MM 2020 - Amicus Brief (City of Pitt)

April 6 - 68 MM 2020 - Application to File Amicus Brief NPT (City of Pitt)

April 6 - 68 MM 2020 - Order Grant Leave to File Amicus NPT

April 8 - 68 MM 2020 - Supplemental Application for Relief 

Selected postings from 70 MM 2020

March 30 - 70 MM 2020 - Emergency Application for Extraordinary Relief

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Answer Letter (DOC)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Answer (OAG Commonwealth)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Answer (PDAA)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Answer Letter (Poss Intervenor POVA)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Answer Letter (Governor)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - App to Intervene (Marsy's Law For PA Williams)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - No Answer Letter (AOPC)

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Center for Children's Justice Response

April 1 - 70 MM 2020 - Petitioner's Reply

April 3 - 70 MM 2020 - Per Curiam Order

April 3 - 70 MM 2020 - Concurring Statement CJ Saylor

Selected postings from 24 EM 2020

April 1 - 24 EM 2020 - Application for Extraordinary Relief

April 7 - 24 EM 2020 - Order Denying Application for Extraordinary Relief

Selected postings from 75 MM 2020

April 7 - 75 MM 2020 - Emergency Application for Extraordinary Relief (Markey)

Selected postings from 76 MM 2020

April 8 - 76 MM 2020 - Application for Extraordinary Relief

Superior Court

March 16 - Superior Court - Notice Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak and Superior Court Operations

March 17 - Superior Court - Administrative Order (Suspension of Superior Court)

March 18 - Superior Court - Administrative Order (Scheduling)

March 18 - Superior Court - Administrative Order (Scheduling)

March 19 - Superior Court - Administrative Order Re: A08/20 Panel

March 20 - Superior Court - Order Re: E01/20 Panel

March 23 - Superior Court - Order re: Writs of Summons in Courts of Common Pleas

March 26 - Superior Court - Order re: Children's Fast Track Appeals, Generally

April 3 - Superior Court - Order re: Panel A11-20 Oral Argument Session

April 3 - Superior Court - Order re: Panel A12-20 Oral Argument Session

April 3 - Superior Court - Order re: Panel A13-20 Oral Argument Session

Commonwealth Court

March 12 - News Release - Commonwealth Court Reschedules Upcoming Oral Arguments

March 16 - Commonwealth Court - Notice to the Bar

March 16 - Commonwealth Court - Administrative Order (Original Jurisdiction Hearings)

March 16 - Commonwealth Court - Administrative Order (March Argument Sessions)

March 18 - Commonwealth Court - Administrative Order (Extension of Filing Deadlines)

March 31 - Commonwealth Court - Administrative Order (April and May Argument Sessions)

April 1 - Commonwealth Court - Notice to the Bar Regarding Service on Governor

Additional Court Operations Updates

March 13 - News Release - Access to Pennsylvania Judicial Center Limited

March 13 - Interpreter Program - The March 20 Oral Proficiency Examination is postponed.

March 14 - Gov. Wolf Offers COVID-19 Community Preparedness and Procedures Materials

March 16 - To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Governor announced the Capitol Complex (including the Pennsylvania Judicial Center) is closed effective today, March 16, 2020 and extending for a period of 14 days.

March 19 - Minor Judiciary Education Board - The Minor Judiciary Education Board is taking steps to protect public safety and general welfare for all citizens of Pennsylvania. For more information see: http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/committees/supreme-court-boards/minor-judiciary-education-board

March 22 - Guidance to president judges for attorneys from Court Administrator Geoff Moulton

Information by judicial district

Adams County

March 16 - Adams County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (with Court Order regarding continuances and limited operations) 51 MM 2020

March 18 - Adams County - Supervisory Order (Access)

March 20 - Adams County - Supervisory Order (Revised)

March 26 - Adams County - Order (Emergency filings)

March 30 - Adams County - Order (Extension of Supervisory Order)

April 3 - Adams County - Order (Extention of Judicial Emergency)

 

Allegheny County

Jurors summoned for service in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for any day during the week of of March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020 will not be required to report for duty. No new jury trials will be picked that week. Any juror who has already been picked to serve on a specific case, however, should still report.

March 16 - Allegheny County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 23 WM 2020

March 16 - Allegheny County - Order (Emergency Operations)

March 16 - Allegheny County - Order (Writs of Possession and Sheriff's Sale)

March 18 - Allegheny County - Amended Administrative Order (Emergency Operations)

March 20 - Allegheny County - Order (E-Publication of Legal Journal)

March 22 - Allegheny County - Amended Administrative Order (Emergency Operations)

March 23 - Allegheny County - Order (Access and Court Operations)

March 24 - Allegheny County - Order (Custody Orders during Stay at Home Order time period)

March 26 - Allegheny County - Order (Access and Court Operations)

March 27 - Allegheny County - Order (Temporarily Lifting Family Support Detainers)

April 2 - Allegheny County - Order (Judicial Emergency extended through 5/8/20)

 

Armstrong County

March 17 - Armstrong County - Order with Declaration of Judicial Emergency and limitations on Court Operations 31 WM 2020

March 19 - Armstrong County - Administrative Order (Court Access for Essential Functions)

 

Beaver County

March 17 - Beaver County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 34 WM 2020

March 24 - Beaver County - March 17 Declaration of Judicial Emergency (Incl. March 24 Administrative Orders addressing LL/T, PFA, and Ct. Access)

March 24 - Beaver County - Administrative Order (Writ of Possession - Procedure)

March 25 - Beaver County - Order (Sheriff’s Sales Continued)

March 31 to April 6 - Beaver County - Administrative Orders Regarding Court Access and Operations

April 8 - Beaver County - Administrative Order (May Trial Term)

 

Bedford County

March 17 - Bedford County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 28 WM 2020

March 17 - Bedford County - Order (Juv. Dep.)

March 17 - Bedford County - Order (Dom. Rel.)

March 17 - Bedford County - Order (PFA)

March 17 - Berks County - Administrative Order (Essential Operations)

March 13 - Bedford County - Memo (Emergency Response)

March 16 - Bedford County - Memo (updated)

March 19 - Bedford County - Press Release

March 24 - Bedford County - Order (Custody terms)

March 25 - Bedford County - Administrative Order (Sheriff's Sales)

April 1 - Bedford County - Press Release

April 3 - Bedford County - Order (Clarification of Custody Terms During Emergency)

 

Berks County

March 17 - Berks County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 53 MM 2020

March 17 - Berks County - Administrative Order (Scheduling, Essential Functions, and Operations)

March 17 - Berks County - Administrative Order (Orphan’s Court)

March 17 - Berks County - Administrative Order (Law Library)

March 17 - Berks County - Administrative Order (Family Court)

March 17 - Berks County -  Administrative Order (Dependency - CYS)

March 18 - Berks County - Administrative Order (MDJ – Essential Functions)

March 19 - Berks County - Administrative Order (Dependency Court)

March 23 - Berks County - Order (Access Dom. Rel.)

March 25 - Berks County - Order (MDJ)

 

Blair County

March 16 - Blair County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 20 WM 2020

March 18 - Blair County - Magisterial District Judge Procedures

March 19 - Blair County - Final Protection From Abuse Hearings

March 19 - Blair County - Custody for Off School Corona Virus

March 20 - Blair County - MDJ Specially Presiding

March 20 - Blair County - Court Filings with Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts

March 20 - Blair County - Juvenile Dependency Orders

March 21 - Blair County - Emergency Protection Orders

March 23 - Blair County - Court Supervision of Staff

March 23 - Blair County - Custody in Event of Shelter in Place

March 25 - Blair County - Emergency Orders Amend Caption and Heading

March 25 - Blair County - Order (Sheriff's Sales continued)

April 2 - Blair County - Administrative Order (Cancellation of May Civil Trial Term)

April 2 - Blair County - Judicial Emergency (Preliminary Hearings)

April 2 - Blair County - Administrative Order (Declaration of Judicial Emergency)

April 3 - Blair County - Administrative Order (PFA Process and Use of Advanced Communication Technology)

April 8 - Blair County - Administrative Order (Clarifying Custody Exchanges)

April 8 - Blair County - Notice of Compliance

 

Bradford County

March 17 - Bradford County - Declaration of Emergency 50 MM 2020

March 17 - Bradford County - Administrative Order (Access and Court Functions)

March 19 - Bradford County - Administrative Order (Court Access and Essential Functions)

March 31 - Bradford County - Administrative Order (Access and Essential Functions - Extention of Order)

 

Bucks County

March 17 - Bucks County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Administrative Order - CP (Temporary Restrictions on Operations) 43 MM 2020

March 17 - Bucks County - Order - MDJ (Temporary Restrictions on Operations)

March 19 - Bucks County - Order (Access and Essential Functions)

March 20 - Bucks County - Order (Emergency Protection Orders)

March 20 - Bucks County - Order (Civil Judgments on Praecipe)

March 21 - Bucks County - Temporary Restriction on Entry of Civil Judgments and Writs

March 26 - Bucks County - Order (Sheriff’s Sales)

March 27 - Bucks County - Order (Criminal and Civil Trials/Arbitration)

March 30 - Bucks County - Order (MDJ Access and Schedules)

April 2 - Bucks County - Order (Extension of Judicial Emergency)

April 8 - Bucks County - Emergency Order (Family Division Operations)

 

Butler County

March 18 - Butler County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Administrative Order (Guidelines for Court Operations) 39 WM 2020

 

Cambria County

March 17 - Cambria County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 36 WM 2020

 

Carbon County

March 17 - Carbon County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 55 MM 2020

March 17 - Carbon County - Administrative Order (Continuances, Stays, Proceedings, and Scheduling)

March 24 - Carbon County - Administrative Order (Deferral of Weekend Sentences)

March 24 - Carbon County - Administrative Order (Essential Functions)

April 2 - Carbon County - Second Amended Administrative Order (Essential Functions)

 

Centre County

March 16 - Centre County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 39 MM 2020

March 16 - Centre County - Press Release

March 17 - Centre County - Memo (Judicial Emergency Response)

March 18 - Centre County - Administrative Order (Court proceedings and procedures)

April 6 - Centre County - Administrative Order (Judicial  Emergency Extended until 5/1/20)

April 6 - Centre County - Administrative Order (Deputized Sheriffs)

 

Chester County

March 12 - Chester County - Coronavirus Policy

March 13 - Chester County - Administrative Order (Coronavirus Policy Amended)

March 17 - Chester County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 54 MM 2020

March 17 - Chester County - Administrative Order (Coronavirus Policy Second Amendment)

March 19 - Chester County - Administrative Order (Essential Functions)

April 2 - Chester County - Declaration (Judicial Emergency Extended through 4/30/20)

April 2 - Chester County - Administrative Order (Access and Essential Functions)

 

Clarion County

March 17 - Clarion County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 26 WM 2020

March 17 - Clarion County - Administrative Order on Court Procedures

March 26 - Clarion County - Order (CYS Visitation)

March 31 - Clarion County - Order (Custody Orders)

April 1 - Clarion County - Administrative Order (Extension of Emergency Procedures until 4/30/20)

April 6 - Clarion County - Order (CYS - Suspension of Parental Visitation Extended)

April 6 - Clarion County - Administrative Order (Fingerprint Orders)

 

Clearfield County

March 20 - Clearfield County - Administrative Order (Court Operations and Essential Functions) 42 WM 2020

 

Clinton County

March 18 - Clinton County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (Order) 56 MM 2020

March 18 - Clinton County - Administrative Order (Court Operations)

April 1 - Clinton County - Order (Judicial Emergency Extension until 4-14-20)

April 3 - Clinton County - Order (Judicial Emergency Continued through 5/3/20)

 

Columbia and Montour Counties 

March 16 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (and Order) 41 MM 2020

March 18 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order (Access and Procedures)

March 20 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order (Additional Essential Functions)

April 6 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order extending Judicial Emergency (Through 4/30/20)

 

Crawford County

March 16 - Crawford County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 27 WM 2020

March 17 - Crawford County - Administrative Order (Access)

March 19 - Crawford County - Revised Administrative Order (Limited Public Access and Essential Filings) 

March 23 - Crawford County - Administrative Order (E-Filing)

March 25 - Crawford County - Administrative Order (Custody)

March 25 - Crawford County - Administrative Order (PFA)

April 2 - Crawford County - Administrative Order No 6 (May Criminal Trial Term)

April 2 - Crawford County - Administrative Order No 7 (Sheriff's Sales)

April 2 - Crawford County - Administrative Order No 8 (Public Access To Judicial Facilities)

April 7 - Crawford County - Order (Extension of Judicial Emergency through 4/30/20)

 

Cumberland County

March 16 - Cumberland County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 37 MM 2020

March 17 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (Dependency Court)

March 17 - Cumberland County - Admin Order (Register of Wills and Orphan's Court)

March 17 - Cumberland County - Amendment to Administrative Order (Transport)

March 17 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (Court Closure)

March 17 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (Juvenile Dependency)

March 19 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (Limited Access)

March 19 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (E-Signature)

March 19 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (E-Signature - Dependency)

March 20 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (Sheriff's Sales)

March 23 - Cumberland County - Administrative Order (Enforcement and Payment of Forfeited Undertakings)

April 7 - Cumberland County - Memo on Limiting New Inmates

 

Dauphin County

March 16 - Dauphin County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 40 MM 2020

March 16 - Dauphin County - Administrative Order

March 17 - Dauphin County - Amended Administrative Order (Use of Videoconferencing)

April 1 - Dauphin County - Supplemental Emergency Declaration (Until 5/1/20)

April 1 - Dauphin County - Third Supplemental Administrative Order (Extension of Judicial Emergency)

April 8 - Dauphin County - Supplemental Administrative Order (D.R. Bench Warrants)

 

Delaware County

March 16 - Delaware County - Application to Declare Emergency

March 17 - Delaware County - Order Declaring Judicial Emergency 30 MM 2020

March 19 - Delaware County - Emergency Order (Early Parole Review)

March 23 - Delaware County - Emergency Order (Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Matters)

April 7 - Delaware County - Emergency Order (Parole Review)

April 7 - Delaware County - Emergency Order Extension  (Civil Section)

April 7 - Delaware County - Emergency Order (Postponing Sheriff’s R/E Sales)

April 7 - Delaware County - Emergency Order (Weekend-Partial Sentences)

April 7 - Delaware County - Order (Postponing Community Service Sentencing)

 

Elk and Cameron Counties

March 16 - Elk and Cameron Counties - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 33 WM 2020

March 16 - Elk and Cameron Counties - Administrative Order (Access to Court Facilities)

March 19 - Cameron County - Administrative Order (DR Bench Warrants Cameron)

March 19 - Elk County - Administrative Order (Jury Selection – Elk)

March 19 - Elk County - Administrative Order (DR Bench Warrants Elk)

March 20 - Elk and Cameron Counties - Administrative Order (Court Access and Essential Functions)

March 20 - Elk County - Administrative Order (Court Access - Elk)

April 2 - Elk and Cameron Counties - Administrative Order (Extension of Declaration of Judicial Emergency)

April 3 - Elk and Cameron Counties - Amended Administrative Order (Extension of Judicial Emergency)

 

Erie County

March 16 - Erie County - Memo (COVID-19 Response)

March 17 - Erie County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (with Modifications to Court Policies and Procedures) 30 WM 2020

 

Fayette County

March 16 - Fayette County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 32 WM 2020

March 16 - Fayette County - Administrative Order (Court Procedures)

March 17 - Fayette County - Second Administrative Order (Scheduling)

March 17 - Fayette County - Policy (Exposure Control)

April 2 - Fayette County - Order (Judicial Emergency Extension through 4/30/20)

 

Forest and Warren Counties

March 18 - Forest and Warren Counties - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 38 WM 2020

March 18 - Forest and Warren Counties - Administrative Order (Access and Essential Functions)

April 8 - Forest and Warren Counties - Amended Declaration

April 8 - Forest and Warren Counties - Administrative Order (Court Access Modifications)

 

Franklin and Fulton Counties

March 13 - Franklin/Fulton Counties - News Release

March 18 - Franklin and Fulton Counties - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (Request for emergency judicial order and Order) 57 MM 2020

March 18 - Franklin County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Order regarding Court Operations

March 18 - Fulton County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Order regarding Court Operations

March 18 - Franklin and Fulton Counties - News Release

March 19 - Franklin and Fulton Counties - Supplemental Emergency Judicial Order (Access and Court Operations)

March 20 - Franklin and Fulton Counties - News Release

March 20 - Franklin County - Administrative Order (Juvenile)

March 20 - Franklin County - Administrative Order Rescheduling Criminal Matters (1)

March 20 - Franklin County - Administrative Order Rescheduling Criminal Matters (2)

March 20 - Fulton County - Administrative Order Rescheduling Criminal Matters

March 24 - Franklin County - Administrative Order Confirmation of Accounts

March 24 - Fulton County - Aministrative Order (Juvenile)

March 27 - Franklin County - Second Supplemental Order – Franklin (Court Operations)

March 30 - Franklin County - Third Supplemental Order – Franklin (Extension of Judicial Emergency)

 

Greene County

March 16 - Greene County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (with Order requiring staffing only for Essential Functions) 22 WM 2020

March 25 - Greene  County -  Memo to County Employees

March 27 - Greene County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Essential Functions

March 27 - Greene County - Court Access

April 7 - Greene County - Administrative Order (Suspension of Sheriff Sales)

 

Huntingdon County

March 13 - Huntingdon County - Administrative Order (Domestic Relations)

March 16 - Huntingdon County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 33 MM 2020

March 16 - Huntingdon County - Administrative Order (e-filing)

March 16 - Huntingdon County - Administrative Order (PFA e-filing)

March 16 - Huntingdon County - Administrative Order (Emergency Operations)

March 19 - Huntingdon County - Administrative Order (Preliminary Hearings)

April 1 - Huntingdon County - Extended Declaration of Judicial Emergency

April 1 - Huntingdon County - Revised Administrative Order (E-Filing of Certain PFA Petitions)

April 6 - Huntingdon County - Administrative Order re Incarcerated Persons

 

Indiana County

March 16 - Indiana County - Application to Request Declaration of Judicial Emergency

March 17 - Indiana County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 21 WM 2020

March 17 - Indiana County - Press Release

March 19 - Indiana County - Order (Emergency Declaration and Essential Functions)

 

Juniata and Perry Counties

March 17 - Juniata County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 49 MM 2020

March 17 - Perry County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 49 MM 2020

March 18 - Juniata County - Administrative Order (E-Filing and Scheduling)

March 18 - Perry County - Administrative Order (E-Filing and Scheduling)

 

Lackawanna County

March 16 - Lackawanna County - Order (including Declaration of Judicial Emergency) 32 MM 2020

March 13 - Lackawanna County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (including access and continuances)

April 1 - Lachawanna County - Order (Extension of Judicial Emergency through 4/30/20)

April 2 - Lackawanna County - Order (Emergency Custody Petitions)

April 3 - Lackawanna County - Order (PFA Petitions)

 

Lancaster County

March 17 - Lancaster County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 44 MM 2020

March 17 - Lancaster County - Administrative Order (Juvenile Dependency - Visitation)

March 18 - Lancaster County - Administrative Order (Closing Court Offices to the Public) 

April 1 - Lancaster County - Amended Judicial Emergency Declaration (Extended)

April 7 - Lancaster County - Administrative Order (Dependency Hearings)

 

Lawrence County 

March 16 - Lawrence County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 25 WM 2020

March 16 - Lawrence County - Order (Modification to Court Functions)

March 17 - Lawrence County - Order (CYS Visitation Modifications)

March 19 - Lawrence County - Order (Stay of Foreclosure, Eviction, and Ejectment Proceedings)

March 19 - Lawrence County - Order (Use of Advanced Communications Technology – Register and Recorder)

 

Lebanon County

March 17 - Lebanon County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (including exigent circumstances) 45 MM 2020

 

Lehigh County

March 17 - Lehigh County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 48 MM 2020

March 17 - Lehigh County - Emergency Order (Court Operations)

March 19 - Lehigh County - Amended Judicial Emergency Order

March 19 - Lehigh County - Order (Temporary Consolidation of MDJ Offices and Functions)

April 3 - Lehigh County - Extension of Judicial emergency through 5/1/20 and Court Operations

 

Luzerne County

March 16 - Luzerne County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 36 MM 2020

March 17 - Luzerne County - Order (Judicial Emergency Procedures)

March 18 - Luzerne County - Addendum to Order (Landlord Tenant/Evictions)

March 18 - Luzerne County - Second Amendment to Order (Building Limitations)

March 18 - Luzerne County - Third Addendum to Order (Building Closure)

March 18 - Luzerne County - Fourth Addendum to Order (Suspension of Motions Court

March 23 - Luzerne County - Fifth Addendum to Order (Weekend Sentences)

 

Lycoming County

March 16 - Lycoming County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 42 MM 2020

March 27 - Lycoming County - Administrative Order (Court Operations and Essential Functions)

 

McKean County

March 16 - McKean County - Declaration (Suspension of Rule 600) 37 WM 2020

March 18 - McKean County - Administrative Order (Access and Essential Functions)

March 18 - McKean County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency

March 19 - McKean County - Administrative Order (Court Operations)

 

Mercer County

March 19 - Mercer County - Administrative Order (Emergency Operations) 41 WM 2020

March 25 - Mercer County - Order (Custody Orders)

March 25 - Mercer County - Administrative Order (Call of the List/Pretrial – Court Operations)

March 31 - Mercer County - Administrative Order (Extension of 2020-AD-5, AD-6, and AD-7, and Amendment of AD-5)

April 1 - Mercer County - Administrative Order (Extension of Emergency Schedule through 4/30/20)

 

Mifflin County

March 16 - Mifflin County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 52 MM 2020

March 16 - Mifflin County - Administrative Order (DRO Procedures)

March 18 - Mifflin County - Administrative Order (CYS Visitation)

March 18 - Mifflin County - Administrative Order (CYS Hearings)

March 19 - Mifflin County - Administrative Order (Emergency PFA Procedures)

March 19 - Mifflin County - Administrative Order (E-Filing)

March 19 - Mifflin County - Amended Administrative Order (Filings)

March 24 - Mifflin County - Administrative Order (Court Access)

April 3 - Mifflin County - Order (Extention of Judicial Emergency through 5/31/20)

 

Monroe County

March 13 - Monroe County - Memo

March 16 - Monroe County - Order (MDJ Courts: Schedule, Evictions and Arraignments)

March 16 - Monroe County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 38 MM 2020

March 16 - Monroe County - Administrative Order

March 16 - Monroe County - Order (Modifications of Procedures)

March 17 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order

March 18 - Monroe County - Order (Juvenile Dependency Visitation)

March 18 - Monroe County - News Release

March 19 - Monroe County - Extension of Emergency Administrative Order

March 19 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order (MDJ Policies and Protocols)

March 26 - Monroe County - Administrative Order (Sheriff’s Sales)

March 29 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order (Temporary Assignment of Issuing Authority)

March 30 - Monroe County - Administrative Order (Court Access- General Closure Extended to 4/14/20)

April 1 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order (Extention of Judicial Emergency Until 4/30/20)

April 1 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order (Sheriff Sales - Personal Property)

April 2 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order (Cancellation of May Trial Term)

April 3 - Monroe County - Emergency Administrative Order (Temporary Assignment of Issuing Authority)

 

Montgomery County

March 11 - Montgomery County - Memo

March 12 - Montgomery County - Memo (updated)

March 12 - Montgomery County - Request for Emergency Judicial Order

March 12 - Montgomery County - Order (Trials and Trial Lists)

March 12 - Montgomery County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency

March 12 - Montgomery County - Emergency Judicial Order (Orphans Court)

March 13 - Montgomery County - Memo (updated)

March 13 - Montgomery County - Order (Evictions)

March 14 - Montgomery County - Due to the current public health emergency in Montgomery County, President Judge DelRicci has declared a judicial emergency in the Montgomery County Courts. All Courts currently remain open, subject to certain general restrictions. Jury duty and all jury trials have been cancelled thru and including March 27, 2020. Criminal Pre-Trial Conference lists and Call of the Trial lists have been cancelled thru and including March 27, 2020. All other court matters scheduled thru and including March 27, 2020 remain as scheduled, unless specific notice is otherwise provided in individual cases. Additional information is available on the Court's website. Thank you.

March 16 - Montgomery County - Order (Judicial Emergency)

March 16 - Montgomery County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 29 MM 2020

March 17 - Montgomery County - Order (Judicial Emergency)

March 18 - Montgomery County - Order (Local Rules)

March 18 - Montgomery County - Order (Prelim. Hearings 3-18 to 3-20)

March 19 - Montgomery County - Amended Order (Access for Emergency Matters)

March 19 - Montgomery County - Order (CYS Parental Visitation)

March 20 - Montgomery County - Order (Posting Bail)

March 24 - Montgomery County - Order (Posting Bail)

March 31 - Montgomery County - Extension of Judicial Emergency

 

Northampton County

March 11 - Northampton County - Administrative Order (Access and Court Operations)

March 16 - Northampton County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 35 MM 2020

March 17 - Northampton County - Administrative Order (Schedule and Essential Functions)

March 19 - Northampton County - Administrative Order (Court Access for Essential Functions)

March 30 - Northampton County - Administrative Order (Court Access and Essential Functions)

 

Northumberland County 

March 18 - Northumberland County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 60 MM 2020

March 18 - Northumberland County - Administrative Order (Emergency Procedures)

 

Philadelphia County

March 15 - Philadelphia County - COVID - 19 response

March 16 - Philadelphia Bar Association Statement on Court Actions Due to COVID-19 - Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the nation's oldest metropolitan Bar Association, issued the following statement in response to court actions due to COVID-19:
"As the spread of COVID-19 continues, and in recognition of the efforts to contain the spread of the virus, we have been advised that the First Judicial District continues to take actions to protect the health of the public. Orders have been released by the Court staying Writs of Possession, Sheriff's Sales, and Evictions from real property. In-Court Supervised Visitation has also been restricted. We have been informed that we will receive speedy notice of further actions being taken.
"The safety of the public must be paramount in all of our actions.
"We support the efforts of the Court in these trying times and continue to be ready to assist the Court in its efforts to communicate its decisions to the members of the Bar and to the public."

March 16 - Philadelphia County - Request For Emergency Judicial Order

March 16 - Philadelphia County - Evictions Update

March 17 - Philadelphia County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 17 EM 2020

March 17 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (Court Operations)

March 24 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (Sheriff’s Tax Sales postponed)

March 25 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (Audit Lists postponed)

March 27 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (Municipal Court Judges sitting as Arraignment Court Magistrates)

March 27 - Philadelphia County - Order (Expedited Criminal Motions – e filing)

April 1 - Philadelphia County - Order (Continuation of Judicial Emergency until 5/1/20)

April 2 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (May 5th Sheriff’s Mortgage Sales)

April 2 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (May and June Tax Sales)

April 2 - Philadelphia County - Administrative Order (Dependency – Juvenile)

 

Pike County

March 17 - Pike County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 47 MM 2020

March 19 - Pike County - Administrative Order (Access and Essential Functions)

 

Potter County

March 18 - Potter County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 40 WM 2020

March 18 - Potter County - Emergency Administrative Order (Essential Functions and Modified Procedures)

April 2 - Potter County - Order (Judicial Emergency Extension until 4/30/20)

 

Schuylkill County

March 17 - Schuylkill County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (includes Administrative Order) 46 MM 2020

March 30 - Schuylkill County - Press Release re Administrative Order (Appointment to fill County Commissioner Vacancy)

March 30 - Schuylkill County - Administrative Order (Appointment to fill County Commissioner Vacancy)

April 3 - Schuylkill County - Administrative Order (Judicial Emergency Extended through 4/30/20)

 

Snyder and Union Counties

March 13 - Snyder and Union Counties - Order (Scheduling and Procedures)

March 18 - Snyder and Union Counties - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 58 MM 2020

March 20 - Snyder and Union Counties - Order (Limited Court Operations)

April 2 - Snyder and Union Counties - Order (Court closure extended until 4/30/20)

 

Somerset County

March 25 - Somerset County - Order (Directives and Essential Functions)

March 26 - Somerset County - Administrative Order (Juvenile Dependency – visitation)

 

Sullivan and Wyoming Counties

March 17 - Sullivan and Wyoming Counties - Memo (Public Health Emergency Response - Essential Functions)

 

Susquehanna County

March 18 - Susquehanna County - Administrative Order (Essential Functions) 62 MM 2020

March 19 - Susquehanna County - Administrative Order (Visitation in Dependency matters)

March 23 - Susquehanna County - Administrative Order (E-Filing)

April 2 - Susquehanna County - Administrative Order (Essential Functions through 4/30/20)

April 2 - Susquehanna County - Administrative Order (Filings)

 

Tioga County

March 18 - Tioga County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (including Administrative Order - Essential Functions and Court Operations) 59 MM 2020

 

Venango County

March 16 - Venango County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 35 WM 2020

March 17 - Venango County - Administrative Order on Court Policies

 

Washington County

March 13 - Washington County - Memo (Exposure Control)

March 16 - Washington County - Administrative Order (Access)

March 16 - Washington County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 24 WM 2020

March 17 - Washington County - Administrative Order (Essential Functions and Court Operations)

March 18 - Washington County - Administrative Order (Eviction and Possession)

March 20 - Washington County - Administrative Order (Court Access and Essential Functions)

March 31 - Washington County - Administrative Order (Cancellation of Trial Terms for April and May)

April 2 - Washington County - Administrative Order (Declaration of Judicial Emergency Extended until 5/1/20)

 

Wayne County

March 16 - Wayne County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 34 MM 2020

March 16 - Wayne County - Administrative Order (Essential Functions)

March 18 - Wayne County - Administrative Order (Additional Guidelines)

April 3 - Wayne County - Declaration (Extension of Judicial Emergency until 4-30-20)

April 8 - Wayne County - Administrative Order (DRO Bench Warrants)

 

Westmoreland County

March 17 - Westmoreland County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency 29 WM 2020

March 17 - Westmoreland County - Order (Emergency Judicial Order - Essential Functions)

March 23 - Westmoreland County - Order (Access to MDJ Courts)

 

York County 

March 16 - York County - Request for Emergency Judicial Order

March 17 - York County - Declaration of Judicial Emergency (with Limited Court Operations) 31 MM 2020

March 30 - York County - Order (Continuance of Sheriff’s Sales)