Superior Court Argument Sessions
Starting with the September 2021 Court session, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has adopted a policy that in-person arguments are at the discretion of the respective Argument Court Panel. The policies and protocols have been amended effective April 25, 2022.
If conducted remotely, the Superior Court's video argument sessions will be livestreamed to the public on YouTube. Audio argument sessions will be accessible to the public by conference call. Information will be posted prior to each day’s session.
Information for the Media and the Public
The Superior Court recognizes that public health authorities have revised guidelines in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Superior Court has revised its policy to reflect that the wearing of masks or face coverings is generally no longer required, but is at the discretion of each individual in the courtroom.
Although mask-wearing and social-distancing are no longer required on a universal scale, the Panel presiding over a particular session retains discretion to require masks or social-distancing. Pursuant to these revisions, the Superior Court has posted Amended Protocols for In-Person Arguments which is posted on the Superior Court’s website. Health and Safety Certifications, and Certifications of Compliance with Protocols, are no longer required unless specifically mandated by the Panel.
If conducted remotely, only designated counsel presenting the oral argument will have access to the videoconference session. All other interested participants – co-counsel, parties, the public and media, etc. – may listen or view the arguments in real time through a public livestream. http://www.pacourts.us/courts/superior-court/calendar
Information for Counsel and Self-Represented Litigants
For remote arguments, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM the morning of your scheduled argument, Superior Court staff will provide an opportunity to test your audio connection and your video connection, if applicable. To take advantage of the opportunity at that time, follow the instructions provided in the notice for participating in oral argument. Staff will monitor the event and work with you to confirm your connection.