HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended the statewide judicial emergency until April 30.
All courts in the state will remain closed during that time.
The closure includes trial and intermediate appellate courts, as well as magisterial district courts, Philadelphia Municipal Court, and Pittsburgh Municipal Court, Arraignment Division.
Except for ongoing trials, jury and non-jury trials, both criminal and civil, are suspended. Jurors should not report for duty through April 30.
The Court is encouraging the use of advanced communication technology to conduct emergency court proceedings.
In the Courts of Common Pleas, the Order outlines essential functions as:
• Emergency bail review and habeas corpus hearings;
• Gagnon 1 hearings;
• Bench warrant hearings pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 150;
• Juvenile delinquency detention;
• Juvenile emergency shelter and detention hearings;
• Temporary protection from abuse hearings;
• Emergency petitions for child custody;
• Emergency petitions for guardianship;
• Civil mental health reviews (50 P.S. §302)
• Any pleadings or motions relating to public health concerns and involving immediate and irreparable harm; and
• Any other function deemed by a president judge to be essential consistent with constitutional requirements.
Court calendars, scheduling notices, subpoenas or other court orders compelling appearance by any attorney, litigant or other participant in non-essential cases are continued or postponed until further notice.
During the period of judicial emergency, no eviction, ejectment or other displacement from a residence based on failure to make a payment can be made. It also suspends Rule of Criminal Procedure 600 in all judicial districts.