For updates on court operations during the Coronavirus pandemic, and for a complete list of Orders, please visit: https://www.courts.phila.gov/covid-19

Court News

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of August 7, 2020 through August 14, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice To The Bar: Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris Appointed Supervising Judge of the Trial Division – Civil Section

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice To The Bar: Commerce and Civil Trials During the Covid-19 Emergency

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of July 31, 2020 through August 7, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of July 24, 2020 through July 31, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Order 49 of 2020 In re: Continuation of Stay for Specific Actions Related to the Dispossession of Property

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  • First Judicial District

    Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Order and Affidavit for Filing An Affidavit Of Compliance With The Federal Cares Act In Landlord-Tenant Cases

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice To The Bar: Policies and Protocols For Use of Advanced Communication Technology for Court Proceedings in Civil Matters

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of July 17, 2020 through July 24, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia Municipal Court

    President Judge Order 48 of 2020 In Re: Reopening of Philadelphia Municipal Court Civil Division to In-Person Proceedings.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of July 10, 2020 through July 17, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol For Discovery Motions Filed After July 6, 2020 And Through September 7, 2020.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 46 of 2020 In Re: Appeals to Common Pleas from Municipal Court Judgements of Possession of Real Property Pursuant to a Lease

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 47 of 2020 In Re: Common Pleas & Municipal Court Criminal Divisions. Resumption of Court Proceedings. Updated Protocols

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  • First Judicial District

    For updates on court operations during the Coronavirus pandemic, and for a complete list of Orders, please visit: https://www.courts.phila.gov/covid-19

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  • Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court

    President Judge Order 44 of 2020 In Re: Landlord-Tenant Cases

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 45 of 2020 In Re:Qualifying Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Program Reassignment

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Order 43 of 2020 In Re: Updated Protocol, Essential Delinquent Juvenile Proceedings.

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: All courts will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of INDEPENDENCE DAY, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of July 3, 2020 through July 10, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Extension of Protocol for Civil Case Management Conferences During COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of June 26, 2020 through July 3, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Order 42 of 2020 In Re: Commerce Court Temporary Financial Monitor Program

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Order 40 of 2020 In Re: Postponement of July, August and September Mortgage Foreclosure Sales.

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Order 41 of 2020 In Re: Postponement of July, August and September Tax Sales.

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: In accordance with the City’s executive order to close city offices and facilities in observation of Juneteenth, the FJD will be closed on Friday, June 19, 2020, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of June 19, 2020 through June 26, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for Compulsory Arbitration Program during COVID-19 Judicial Emergency. Updated 6/11/20

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Order 39 of 2020 In Re: Preliminary Arraignments - Public Access

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of June 12, 2020 through June 19, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of June 12, 2020 through June 19, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 38 of 2020 In Re: Continuation of Judicial Emergency in the First Judicial District.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of June 5, 2020 through June 12, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    First Judicial District Operations for Thursday June 4th and Friday June 5th, 2020. Please click for details.

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for contested discovery motions during Judicial Emergency created by COVID-19 .

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  • First Judicial District

    First Judicial District Operations for Wednesday - June 3, 2020. Please click for details.

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  • First Judicial District

    First Judicial District Primary Election Day Operations. Click for details.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 36 of 2020 In Re: Continuation of Judicial Emergency in the First Judicial District.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 37 of 2020 In re: ORPHANS' COURT Citation Procedure.

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  • First Judicial District

    All First Judicial District courts and offices will be CLOSED on Monday June 1st, 2020. Please click for details.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of May 29, 2020 through June 5, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for discovery motions filed after May 5, 2020 and through July 6, 2020.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Amended Order No. 4-2020 In re: ELECTION DAY JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS 2020 Primary Election - Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Division

    NOTICE TO THE BAR: Protocol for assignment of petitions for minor’s compromise, incapacitated person’s compromise, and settlement and distribution of wrongful death/survival actions.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Amended Order 33 of 2020 In Re: Amended Order In Re: Resumption of Court Proceedings. Critical Functions. Updated Protocols.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order 35 of 2020 In Re: Common Pleas Criminal Division. Resumption of Court Proceedings. Updated Protocols

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: All courts will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of MEMORIAL DAY, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of May 22, 2020 through May 29, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Family Court. Resumption of Operations. Updated Protocols.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Resumption of Court Proceedings. Critical Functions. Updated Protocols.

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  • First Judicial District

    Please Note the Following Updates to FJD Operations:

    Unless counsel are notified specifically to the contrary, all in person criminal, civil, orphans' court, municipal court and traffic court trials, hearings, and conferences scheduled through July 6, 2020 are administratively cancelled and shall be rescheduled. However, services and court proceedings shall be expanded as set forth in President Judge Order No. 33

    ALL Jury Trials are cancelled through September 8, 2020. Jurors summoned before September 8, 2020 DO NOT need to report for jury duty.

    While Family Court services and court proceedings shall be expanded as set forth in President Judge Order No. 34, the Philadelphia Family Court BUILDING shall REMAIN GENERALLY CLOSED to the public.

    If you are a homeowner facing mortgage or tax foreclosure and need help, please call the SaveYourHomePhilly hotline at (215)-334-4663.

    For More Information on court operations please visit: https://www.courts.phila.gov/covid-19

  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Postponement of Civil Trials Through Monday, July 6, 2020.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of May 15, 2020 through May 22, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for Compulsory Arbitration Program during COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for agreed upon order for extraordinary relief during COVID-19 Judicial Emergency (Major Jury, Commerce, Non-jury and Arbitration Appeals Programs).

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil, COMMERCE PROGRAM ONLY

    NOTICE TO THE BAR: Protocol for non-discovery motions filed in commerce program cases prior to and during judicial emergency created by COVID-19.

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Notice to the Bar re: Protocol for Discovery Motions During Judicial Emergency Created By COVID-19.

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  • Municipal Court

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 32-2020 In re: EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES APPOINTING SUBSTITUTE ARRAIGNMENT COURT MAGISTRATES

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of May 8, 2020 through May 15, 2020

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  • Municipal Court - Civil

    Notice - Filing of Cases to Toll the Statute of Limitation.

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for Case Management Conferences Postponed During COVID-19 Judicial Emergency

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Protocol for Settlement Conferences Postponed During the COVID 19 Judicial Emergency

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of May 1, 2020 through May 8, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of April 24, 2020 through May 1, 2020

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  • Municipal Court

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 17-2020 In re: Stay of Execution on Personal Property

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: CONTINUATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Postponement of Civil Trials Date Certain Scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Postponement of Civil Court Events Scheduled Through Friday, May 1, 2020.

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Postponement of Civil Trials and Compulsory Arbitration Hearings

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of April 17, 2020 through April 24, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Orphans' Court Protocol

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Civil litigation during the Covid-19 crisis

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of April 10, 2020 through April 17, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas. Orphans' Division

    Administrative Judge Order In Re: Audit Lists scheduled for May 4, 2020.

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: All courts will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2020 in observance of GOOD FRIDAY, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    Text Scam Regarding First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Courts) Employees.

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Notice to the Bar Re: Postponement of Civil Jury Trials Date Certain Scheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Mortgage Sales Scheduled on May 5, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Tax Sales Scheduled in May and June 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of April 3, 2020 through April 10, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: Essential Dependent Juvenile Proceedings

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: CONTINUATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

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  • Municipal Court, Traffic Division

    NOTICE: COVID-19 Crisis - PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL COURT TRAFFIC DIVISION IS CLOSED.

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: Jury Service is suspended until April 14, 2020. If you are scheduled for jury service from March 17, 2020 through April 14, 2020 you will receive a new summons in the mail for a future date.

  • First Judicial District

    All employees that do not yet have direct deposit and receive a paper check will have their pay checks dated April 3, 2020 mailed to their address of record. Checks will not be available for pick-up

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of March 27, 2020 through April 3, 2020

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  • Municipal Court

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 23-2020 In re: Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges Sitting as Arraignment Court Magistrates

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: Expedited Criminal Motions -To be Filed Electronically and Decided on the Papers

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  • Municipal Court - Traffic Division

    The Traffic Division Court will be open on Monday, March 30, 2020 and Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Until further order from the court, all trials through April 3, 2020, have been rescheduled. All other business, such as making payments, establishing payment plans, and retrieving impounded vehicles, may be addressed during those limited hours on 3/30/2020 and 4/1/2020.

  • Court of Common Pleas. Orphans' Division

    Administrative Judge Order In Re: Audit Lists scheduled for April 6, 2020.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff's Tax Sales Scheduled on April 2, 15, 21, and 23, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: Emergency Custody Petitions

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  • Municipal Court

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 19-2020 In re: Civil E-Filing Essential Functions

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division-Civil

    NOTICE TO THE BAR - In Re: Postponement of Civil Jury Trials Date Certain Scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: Emergency Motions To Lift Detainers When Defendant is in Custody

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Order In Re: Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Mortgage Foreclosure Sale Scheduled on April 7, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: Essential Court Functions

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  • First Judicial District

    ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNING BOARD Order In Re: Relief Under the Protection From Abuse Act.

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  • Municipal Court - Traffic Division

    During the week of March 23, 2020 through March 27, 2020, and as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Traffic Division of the Municipal Court will be open to the public for essential services only on Monday and Wednesday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., or until further order from the court. Services will be limited to processing payments, impoundment hearings and financial determination hearings. All trials, including appeal matters, will be rescheduled for a future date, of which you will be notified.

  • Municipal Court

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order regarding Landlord/Tenant matters.

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  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

    Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Order In Re: General Statewide Judicial Emergency.

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  • Municipal Court

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 12-2020 In re: Weekend and Other Short Term Prison Sentences

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 9-2020 In re: DECLARATION JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

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  • First Judicial District

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 10-2020 In re: EMERGENCY JUDICIAL ORDER

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 11-2020 In re: Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Sales Scheduled on April 2, 7, 15, 21, and 23, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 8-2020 In re: Stay of the Execution of Alias Writs of Possession.

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  • First Judicial District

    FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TEMPORARY CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19.

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  • First Judicial District

    COVID-19 RESPONSE AS OF March 16, 2020 8:30 AM - Philadelphia Municipal Court landlord-tenant Matters.

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 7-2020 In re: Stay of Issuance of Residential Writs of Possession and Stay of Execution of Issued Residential Writs of Possession.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of March 20, 2020 through March 27, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    COVID-19 RESPONSE AS OF March 15, 2020 2:30 PM

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  • First Judicial District

    COVID-19 RESPONSE AS OF March 15, 2020 8:00 PM

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of March 16, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Family Division

    Notice to the Bar and Public - Supervised Visitation at the Philadelphia Family Court Nursery

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 6-2020 In re: Postponement of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Sales Scheduled on March 18, 24, and 26, 2020.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of March 13, 2020 through March 20, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 4-2020 In re: ELECTION DAY JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS 2020 Primary Election - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 5-2020 In re: Applications, Petitions and Legal Papers filed Pursuant to the Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976, 50 P.S. § 7101 et seq., as amended, and 18 Pa.C.S. Section 6105(f)(1)

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  • First Judicial District

    Electronic Filing was temporarily unavailable this morning due to technical issues. Our IT team has resolved these issues and the application has been restored.

  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of March 8, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    There is a planned power disruption scheduled on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 7am-7pm at City Hall. During this time users may experience intermittent or complete network connectivity loss to the Court's website, E-Filing Systems, and Document Purchase System. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

  • First Judicial

    E-Filing: We are aware of an issue with slow responsiveness in retrieving court documents related to Civil, Criminal and Orphans' Court cases. When encountering this issue, please try closing the document and requesting it again. We are diligently working to identify the underlying issue. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of March 6, 2020 through March 13, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Update to the Mass Tort Master Docket and Liaison Counsel list

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of March 1, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil

    Administrative Judge Order No. 3-2020 In re: Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections Liens Filed pursuant to the Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Act ("MCTLA"), 53 P.S. §§ 7101-7505

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of February 28, 2020 through March 6, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of February 23, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of February 21, 2020 through February 28, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of February 21, 2020 through February 28, 2020

  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of February 16, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: All courts will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of PRESIDENTS' DAY, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of February 14, 2020 through February 21, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of February 9, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of February 7, 2020 through February 14, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of February 2, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of January 31, 2020 through February 7, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of January 26, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of January 24, 2020 through January 31, 2020

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  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

    Administrative Governing Board Order No. 02 of 2020 In re: Clean Slate Act – Offenses Without Grade Information in CPCMS

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: All courts will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of January 19, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of January 17, 2020 through January 24, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of January 12, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas

    President Judge Administrative Order No. 01 of 2020 In Re: Special Election for the 190th Legislative District. To Be Held: Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of January 10, 2020 through January 17, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of January 3, 2020 through January 10, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    View the Judicial Schedules for the week of January 5, 2020

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  • First Judicial District

    Notice: All courts will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of New Year's Day, except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St.

  • First Judicial District

    NOTICE: View the EMERGENCY JUDGE ASSIGNMENT for the Week of December 27, 2019 through January 3, 2020

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  • Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Division

    Notice to the Bar - RE: Orphans' Court 2020 Audit List Calendar

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