On May 27, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the statewide judicial emergency shall end as of June 1, 2020 and that their previous Orders shall expire according to their own terms.
Their last Order lent itself towards reopening the courts next month, and this Order confirms that courts may reopen on a county by county basis in accordance with Orders by local President Judges.
The Order provides President Judges with broad discretion on how to resume court activities in their county courts, while providing general guidance that may include: limiting in-person access and proceedings, and will essentially allow advanced communication technology use for court matters and electronic filing via suspension of rules that had prohibited these.
While this is simply the first step towards the resumption of legal activity that had been put on hold, we await further specific guidance in Allegheny County, which will almost certainly involve remote: conferences, hearings, mediations, and conciliations for most family law matters, while allowing certain in person activity to resume, with new procedures in place.
We are currently in the eleventh week of the physical court closures in the State of Pennsylvania and the associated pause of many court functions. Like our clients, we are ready to resume the existing family law matters and to address new issues that have arisen over the past three months.
As always, we are committed to providing reasonable counsel to families requiring Allegheny County family court lawyers for a myriad of issues including:
- Contested Divorce,
- Uncontested Divorce,
- Child Custody,
- Child Support,
- Spousal Support,
- Division of Martial Property,
- Marital Settlement Agreements, and
- Protection from Abuse.
Pittsburgh Family Law Attorney — Free Phone Consultation — 412.303.9566.
Full text of the May 27, 2020 Order by Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is here.