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.

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.

Protocols for In-Person Arguments

Notice - General Public

Information for the Media and the Public

The Superior Court recognizes that the number of positive COVID-19 tests in the Commonwealth has recently been substantially increasing.

Consequently, the policy of the Superior Court remains that all persons must wear masks to enter and remain in any Court facility or Courtroom.

While mask wearing continues to be required under this Notice for spectators within courtrooms, mask wearing for participants in court proceedings, including but not limited to judges, attorneys, self-represented litigants and those permitted to accompany them, shall be in accordance with the Superior Court’s Protocols for In-Person Arguments which is posted on the Superior Court’s website.

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.

Information for Counsel and Self-Represented Litigants

Protocols for In-Person Arguments

Form 1 - Health and Safety Certification for In-Person Argument

Form 2 - Certification of Compliance with Protocols for In-Person Argument

Form 3 - Motion for Leave to Appear Remotely at Argument

Superior Court Remote Argument Procedure

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.