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Pennsylvania COVID-19 Court Procedures

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania provides up-to-date information for each county and how they are responding to the pandemic.

Pennsylvania Federal Courts

In the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania In re: General Continuance of Hearings and Proceedings Due to Public Health Concerns (April 8, 2020) 

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania In re: Courthouse Access During the COVID-19 Outbreak (March 20, 2020)

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Standing Order No. 20-3 Closing of the Harrisburg Division (March 18, 2020)

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Standing Order In re: Electronic Filing of Complaints in Civil Cases (March 17, 2020)

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

5.27.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order 531 & 532 (amended) re Cessation of Judicial Statewide Emergency as of 6.1.2020

4.28.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Emergency Per Curiam Order Extending Judicial Emerg. through 6-1-20

4.13.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 533 (amended) re Deadline Extension 3.16.2020-4.30.2020

4.1.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 531 & 532 (amended) re Extension of Judicial Emergency 4.3.2020-4.30.2020

3.30.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 533 (amended) re Deadline Extension 3.16.2020-4.13.2020 

3.25.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 533 (amended) re Cancelling Pittsburgh Session - Briefs Only

3.24.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 531 & 532 (amended) re Praecipe for Writ of Summons to Toll Statute of Limitations

3.19.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 832 re CLE Group 1 Compliance Extended

3.18.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 531 & 532 (amended) re Courts Closed to the Public and Essential Functions 3.19.2020-4.3.2020

3.17.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 533 re Deadline Extension 3.16.2020-3.30.2020

3.16.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 532 Order No. 532 re Super Court and Cmmw Court Directives 3.16.2020-4.14.2020

3.16.2020 - Pa. Supreme - Order No. 531 re Statewide Judicial Emergency 3.16.2020-4.14.2020

Superior Court of Pennsylvania

5.28.2020 - Superior Court - Order 3 (amended) re Updated Protocols in Cessation of Statewide Emergency

4.3.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re A13-20 Panel Arguments Cancelled - Briefs Only

 4.3.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re A12-20 Panel Arguments Cancelled - Briefs Only

4.3.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re A11-20 Panel Arguments Cancelled - Briefs Only

3.23.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re Filing of Praecipe for Writ of Summons

3.20.2020 - Superior Court - Order Re E01 20 Panel - Briefs Only

3.19.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re A10-20 Panel Arguments Cancelled - Briefs Only

3.19.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re A09-20 Panel Arguments Cancelled - Briefs Only

3.19.2020 - Superior Court - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re A08-20 Panel Arguments Cancelled - Briefs Only 

3.17.2020 - Superior Court - Order No. 3 re Filing Procedures and Time Suspension 3.17.2020-4.17.2020

3.16.2020 - Superior Court - Superior Court - Notice re Judicial Emergency and Filing Procedures 

Allegheny County

4.2.20 - Allegheny County - re Declaration of Extension of Fifth Judicial District Judicial Emergency through 5.8.20

Bucks County

11.5.2020 - Bucks County - Order re Limited Extension of Judicial Emergency thru 12.31.2020

9.21.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-20 re Limited Extension of Judicial Emergency until 12.31.2020

6.12.2020 - Bucks County - Order 43 MM 2020 re Extension of Judicial Emergency until 8.29.2020

4.27.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-13 re Extending Judicial Emergency to 5.31.2020

4.14.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-12 re. Discovery Practices

4.2.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-10 re Judicial Emergency Extended to 5.15.2020

3.27.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-08 re Continuance of Trials and Arbitrations

3.21.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-06 re Temporary Restriction on Entry of Civil Judgments and Writs

3.19.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-03 re Essential Functions and Time Suspension 3.17.2020-4.14.2020

3.17.2020 - Bucks County - Order No. 2020-01 re Judicial Emergency 3.17.2020-4.14.2020

Chester County

5.13.2020 - Chester County - Order No.9-2020 re ReOpening of Courts Beginning 6.2.2020

5.4.2020 - Chester County - Order No.9-2020 re Extension of Judicial Emergency to 6.1.2020

4.30.2020 - Chester County - Notice re Justice Center Safety Protocols re COVID-19

4.28.2020 - Chester County - Case Conference or Agreed Order Request Form

4.28.2020 - Chester County - Temp Protocol for Remote Case Conferences

4.24.2020 - Chester County - Order No. 6-2020 re Restoration of Certain Court Functions

4.17.2020 - Chester County - Order No. 6-2020 (amended) re Judicial Emergency Extended 4.30.2020-5.31.2020

4.2.2020 - Chester County -Declaration re Judicial Emergency Extended 4.14.2020-4.30.2020 

4.2.2020 - Chester County -Order No. 6-2020 (amended) re Essential Functions and Time Suspension 4.13.2020-4.30.2020

3.19.2020 - Chester County - Order No. 62020 re Essential Functions and Time Suspension 3.17.2020-4.13.2020 

3.17.2020 - Chester County - Order No. 4-2020 (amended) re Judicial Emergency Extended to 4.3.2020 

3.17.2020 - Chester County - Declaration re Judicial Emergency 3.17.2020-4.14.2020

Columbia/Montour Counties

11.19.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Extension of Judicial Emergency through 6.30.2021

11.2.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Court Operations and Safety Protocols - Judicial Emergency Ext thru 12.31.2020

10.7.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Jury Trials Suspended thru 12.31.2020

5.28.2020 - Columbia and Montour County - Order Judicial Emergency Extended thru 12.31.2020

4.27.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Extension of Judicial Emergency to 5.31.2020

4.6.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Judicial Emergency Extension 4.14.2020- 4.30.2020

3.20.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Essential Functions

3.18.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Order re Court Closed to the Public

3.16.2020 - Columbia and Montour Counties - Declaration and Order re Judicial Emergency 3.16.2020-4.14.2020 

Delaware County

10.20.2020 - Delaware County - Order re Extending Judicial Emergency thru 1.31.2021

7.8.2020 - Delaware County - Order re Extension of Judicial Emergency thru 10.31.2020

6.22.2020 - Delaware County - Order re Cancelation of Jury Trials thru 7.31.2020

6.22.2020 - Delaware County - Order re Resumption of in-person Arbitration Panels 7.13.2020

4.28.2020 - Delaware County - Order Extending Judicial Emergency to 6.1.2020

4.7.2020 - Delaware County - Order Extending Judicial Emergency

3.18.2020 - Delaware County - Order re Civil Section Cancelations and Revised Scheduling Protocols

3.18.2020 - Delaware County - Order Canceling Jury Trials and Jury Duty

3.17.2020 - Delaware County - Order Declaring Judicial Emergency 3.17.2020-4.14.2020

3.16.2020 - Delaware County - Application for Authorization to Declare Judicial Emergency

Erie County

4.16.2020 - Erie County - Order No. 31 (amended) Judicial Emergency Order to 5.31.20

Lackawanna County

11.4.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order 32 MM 2020 re Modification of State Rule 221 re Peremptory Challenges in Civil Matters

10.21.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-MD-352 re Extension of Judicial Emergency thru 12.31.2020 and Court Procedures

9.1.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-MD-300 re Extending Judicial Emergency until 10.31.2020

6.25.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-MD-206 re Extending Judicial Emergency until 9.4.2020

5.29.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-MD-179 re Extending Judicial Emergency until 6.30.2020

4.13.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-CV-1 (amended) re Discovery Practices

4.1.2020 - Lachawanna County - Order No. 2020-MD-136 re Extension of Judicial Emergency 4.14.2020-4.30.2020

3.19.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-CV-1 re Temporary Motions Practice

3.16.2020 - Lackawanna County - Order No. 2020-MD-122 re Emergency Judicial Order

Lehigh County

4.14.20 - Leigh County - Order 2020-J-0094  Staying Med Mal Proceedings through 5.31.20

Luzerne County

11.19.2020 - Luzerne County - Order re Court Safety Protocols through 11.30.2020

6.12.2020 - Luzerne County - Notice re Prothonotary Re-Opening Policies and Procedures

5.29.2020 - Luzerne County - Notice re Court of Common Please of Luzerne County Reopening

5.29.2020 - Luzerne County - Notice re Reopening of Luzerne County

5.29.2020 - Luzerne County - Order re Resumption of Court Proceedings

4.9.2020 - Lunzerne County - Order No, 4174 of 2020 (amended) re Discovery Practices

4.2.2020 - Luzerne County - Order No. 4174 of 2020 (amended) re Extension of Judicial Emergency 4.13.2020-4.30.2020 

3.20.2020 - Luzerne County - Order No. 4174 of 2020 (amended) re Motions Practices Suspended 

3.18.2020 - Luzerne County - Order No. 4174 of 2020 (amended) re Closure of Court Building to Public

3.17.2020 - Luzerne County - Order No. 4174 of 2020 re Judicial Emergency 3.17.2020-4.14.2020 

Montgomery County

11.24.2020 - Montgomery County - Order re Exemption of Civil Cases from Local Rule 200

6.1.2020 - Montgomery County - Notice re Protocol for Virtual Court Hearings and Processing Matters

5.28.2020 - Montgomery County - Order re Judicial Emergency Extended until Further Notice

5.5.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 (amended) re Judicial Emergency Extended to 5.31.2020 and Court Operations Beginning 6.1.2020

4.14.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 (amended) re Judicial Emergency Extended 4.14.2020-5.31.2020

3.31.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 (amended) re Extension of Judicial Emergency 4.14.2020-4.30.2020

3.19.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 (amended) re Additional Closures to the Public 

3.18.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 (amended) re Time Suspension

3.17.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 (amended) re Court Closed to Public

3.16.2020 - Montgomery County - Order No. 2020-00001 re Judicial Emergency 

Philadelphia County

11.25.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Protocol for Jury Trials as of 1.21.2021

11.23.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 52 of 2020 re Extension of SEPTA Stay

11.13.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Right to Appear at Hearings via Zoom, Telephonically or In Person

11.6.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 65 of 2020 re Residential Eviction Moratorium and Exceptions

11.4.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Updated Protocol for Contested Discovery Motions

11.2.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Civil Judicial Assignment Chart effective 11.2.2020

10.19.2020 Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re December Non-Jury Trials During COVID-19

10.19.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re November Non-Jury Trials During COVID-19

9.24.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Non-Jury Trials

9.16.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for the Resumption of Arbitration Hearings

9.11.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Discovery Motions filed After 9.7.2020

9.11.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Settlement Conferences in Major Jury, Arbitration, and Non-Jury Cases

9.7.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 56 of 2020 re Residential Evictions Moratorium

9.2.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 52 of 2020 re Stay of Litigation Involving SEPTA thru 11.30.2020

8.28.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Trial Pools for March, April, Sept 2020

8.28.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Non-Jury Trials During COVID

8.27.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Arbitration Appeal and Non-Jury Matters Listed for Trial But Postponed

8.11.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Extension of Protocol for Case Mgmt Confs

7.28.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Civil and Commerce Trials

7.16.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order Notice to Bar re Advance Communication Technology in Civil Matters

7.8.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Protocol for Contested Discovery Motions Filed 7.6.2020-9.7.2020

7.6.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 47 of 2020 - Resumption of Court Proceedings - Updated Protocols

6.26.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Protocol for Civil Case Mgmt Conferences thru 7.31.2020

6.11.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Protocol for Compulsory Arbitration Program - Phase II

6.2.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Protocol for Contested Discovery Motions

6.1.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No 36 of 2020 re Continuation of Judicial Emergency in Philadelphia County

6.1.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No 37 of 2020 re Orphans Court Citation Procedure

5.27.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Updated Protocol for Discovery Motions

5.21.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 33 of 2020 re Resumption of Court Proceedings & Updated Protocol

5.21.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 35 of 2020 re Resumption of Court Proceedings in CCP

5.21.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar - Protocol for Assignment in Orphans Court

5.15.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Resumption of Court Operations and Suspension of Trials to 9.8.2020

5.15.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Resumption of Court Operations and Suspension of Trials to 9.8.2020

5.15.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Family Court Resumption of Operations

5.13.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Postponement of Civil Trials Through 7.6.2020

5.11.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Arbitration Program

5.5.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice re Protocol for Discovery Matters

4.30.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Protocol for Civil Case Management

4.28.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to the Bar re Protocol for Settlement Conferences

4.22.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order 31 of 2020 re Extending Judicial Emergency to 5.29.2020

4.16.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Postponement of Civil Trials Through 6.1.2020

4.15.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Postponement of Civil Trials and Arbitrations

4.15.2020 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar re Postponement of Civil Court Non-Essential Function

4.8.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order no. 29 of 2020 re Discovery Practices

4.3.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order re Postponing Civil Jury Trials Scheduled for May 4, 2020

4.1.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 24 of 2020 re Judicial Emergency Extended 4.1.2020-5.1.2020

3.25.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 21 of 2020 Orphan's Court Administrative Judge Order re Audit Lists scheduled for April 6, 2020

3.24.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 20 of 2020 re Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff's Tax Sales Scheduled on April 2, 15, 21, and 23, 2002

3.23.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 19 of 2020 re Time Suspension to 4.13.2020

3.23.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 18 of 2020 re Emergency Custody Petitions

3.17.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 10 of 2020 re Court Protocols 3.17.2020-4.1.2020

3.17.2020 - Philadelphia County - Order No. 9 of 2020 re Judicial Emergency 3.17.2020-4.1.2020

York County

4.17.20 - York County - Order Declaring Judicial Emergency to 5.31.2020

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