The country has seen many different changes made to day-to-day life as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus. This has included court closures for many states, including Pennsylvania. The decision has been made by many in an effort to slow down and reduce the spread of the virus. The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court announced that as of Wednesday, March 18, all courts will be closed to the public through at least April 3.
What Does This Mean for my Case?
It is important to know that, all ongoing trials will continue. Aside from this, all criminal and civil jury as well as non-jury trials are suspended. However, the order excludes all essential court functions. This includes preliminary arraignments/hearings, search warrant issuances, emergency protection from abuse petitions, emergency bail review and habeas corpus hearing, juvenile delinquency detention and emergency/shelter detention hearings, and civil mental health reviews. Jurors are not required to report for duty on or before April 3.
During this time, the state Supreme Court authorizes and encourages the use of technology in order to communicate and conduct emergency court proceedings. In addition to this, no one in the state of Pennsylvania can be evicted, ejected, or displaced from their home because they failed to make a payment during the court shutdown.
The uncertainty of this disease and court closures can be difficult for those across the state. It is because of this that our attorneys are here to provide you with expert guidance on how to handle the proceedings of your case moving forward.
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Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.