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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ends judicial emergency

In an Order issued yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that the statewide judicial emergency will end effective June 1. As part of its Order, the Court has directed that administrative orders issued by the intermediate appellate courts, as well as local emergency orders and directives, including those affecting time calculations and deadlines remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded.

In addition, the Court’s Order gives authority to president judges to extend or declare local judicial emergencies. In districts under local judicial emergency, the Court has specifically empowered president judges to: limit in-person access and proceedings; suspend jury trials until they can be conducted safely; and suspend statewide rules: restricting the use of advanced communication technology; impeding local provisions for court filings by means other than in-person delivery; and pertaining to rule-based rights to a prompt trial.

Additional information about the impact of COVID-19 on court operations is available at, @pennsylvaniacourts and @PACourts.

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