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, the general statewide judicial emergency declared and maintained in previous Court Orders of March 16, March 18, March 24, April 1 and April 28 ceased as of June 1, 2020. Any previous Orders in this line shall expire according to their own terms.
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.
Additional Court Operations Updates
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
July - Jury Trial Working Group Report - Disclaimer: The Jury Trial Working Group report was a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and the AOPC. Guidance noted in the report is provided as a recommendation and not a mandate and is intended to suggest best practices for resuming jury trials in Pennsylvania’s judicial districts. Recommendations noted within the report were developed based upon currently-available public health information and may be revised or supplemented as circumstances change.
Information by judicial district
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.
- Administrative Order (Court Operations and Procedures through 5/29/20)
- Administrative Order (Court Operations and Procedures through 6/30/20)
- Order (Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Court Procedures through 5/30/20)
Columbia and Montour Counties
- Order (Extension of Judicial Emergency Declaration Until 6/1/20)
- Order (Jury Trial / Jury Duty Cancellation)
- Order (Postponement of 5/15 Sheriff’s R/E Sales)
- Order (Staying Residential Property Evictions)
- Order (In Person Formal Arraignments)
- Order (Postponement of Partial Confinement Sentences)
- Order (Early Parole Review)
- Order (Early Re-Parole Review)
Elk and Cameron Counties
Forest and Warren Counties
Franklin and Fulton Counties
Juniata and Perry Counties
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 - 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."
- Order (Postponement of Sheriff Sales)
- Order (Weekend Sentences)
- Order (Emergency Motions to Lift Detainers)
- Order (Postponement of Sheriff Sales)
- Order (Essential Court Functions)
- Order (Relief Under the PFA Act)
- Amended Order (Relief Under the PFA Act)
- Order (Emergency Custody Petitions)
- Order (Civil E-Filings)
- Oct. 14 - Schuylkill County - Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order (Court Operations)
- Oct. 4 - Schuylkill County - Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order (Judicial Emergency Extended to 1/4/2021)
- July 29 - Schuylkill County - Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order (Court Continuances; Sheriff’s Sale Postponed)
- July 20 - Schuylkill County - Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order (Judicial Emergency Extended to 9/8/2020)
- June 25 - Schuylkill County - Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order (Judicial Emergency Extended to 8/3/2020)