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March 06, 2020

Philadelphia Bar Association Coronavirus Response

Updated October 7, 2021

Recent Updates

  • October7, 2021 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fox has issued an order extending the use of Advanced Communication Technology in court proceedings through November 1, 2021.
  • September 9, 2021 - The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, upon consideration of the Order entered by the Supreme Court of the United States in Alabama Association of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Services, regarding a Residential Eviction Moratorium Pursuant to an Order of the Centers for Disease Control, has issued Administrative Docket Number 34 of 2021, discontinuing the Residential Eviction Moratorium
  • September 1, 2021 - In Addition, President Judge Dugan issued Administrative Order No. 30 extending the Landlord Tenant Diversion Program through October 31. In the Court of Common Pleas, Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Clemons issued a Notice to the Bar setting forth updated Policies and Procedures for the Felony Waiver Program.
  • September 1, 2021 - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has authorized Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fox to suspend Rule of Criminal Procedure 600, as well as state and local rules that restrict the use of advanced communication technology (ACT) in court proceedings, subject to federal and state constitutional limitations, through October 1. President Judge Fox issued Administrative Order No. 29 in conformity with the authorization. Municipal Court President Judge Dugan issued a similar Order that applies to Municipal Court.
  • August 25, 2021 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has filed a Request asking the PA Supreme Court to issue an Emergency Order authorizing the suspension of Rules of Criminal Procedure 600 and 1013 and any rule restricting the use of Advanced Communication Technology.
  • August 20, 2021 - The First Judicial District has filed with the PA Supreme Court an Amended Request Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 1952(B)(2)(m) to Temporarily Suspend or Modify Statewide Court Rules Regarding Prompt Trials and Utilization of Advanced Communication Technology.
  • August 18, 2021 – The First Judicial District has issued revised Protocols and Guidelines for Conducting In-Person Civil Jury Trials in City Hall During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • August 17, 2021 – The Administrative Governing Board of the First Judicial District has requested the PA Supreme Court to temporarily suspend or modify statewide rules to exclude the time from March 17, 2020 through October 31, 2021 from time calculations in criminal proceedings, and to allow continued use of Advanced Communication Technology.
  • August 10, 2021 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has issued an Order effective August 14 halting all lockouts where a rental assistance application has been marked “complete.”
  • August 6, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued an Order directing that all appeals from Municipal Court in Landlord Tenant matters shall be listed for status conference and, recognizing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, have Ordered that the moratorium on residential evictions is extended through October 31 or until further order of the court.
  • July 19, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued Updated
    Protocol
    for the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia.
  • July 12, 2021 - FJD - Trial Division - Civil - Protocols
    and Guidelines
    for Conducting In-Person Civil Jury Trials in City Hall During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Revised July 6, 2021
  • July 2, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris has issued an Order setting forth the protocol for the expansion of civil and criminal court operations.

  • July 2, 2021 – Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge
    Anders have issued an order extending the moratorium on residential evictions through July 31, in conformity with the recent CDC
    order.
  • July 1, 2011 – PA Supreme Court Chief Justice Baer has issued an Order temporarily granting Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan’s request to temporarily authorize extension of the Municipal Court Landlord-Tenant Diversion Program through
    August 31. Judge Baer’s Order is in effect until the full Supreme Court has an opportunity to consider
    President Judge Dugan’s request.
  • June 28, 2021 – Philadelphia Orphans’ Court Division Administrative Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has
    issued an Order regarding the full reopening of the Orphans’ Court Division on July 6, 2021. See Order for details.
  • June 27, 2021 – In response to the PA
    Supreme Court Order
    directing local courts to return to pre-pandemic status July 6, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Idee Fox, on behalf of the Administrative Governing Board of the
    First Judicial District, has requested the Supreme Court to
    temporarily suspend or modify
    statewide court rules regarding prompt trials and the utilization of advanced communication technology.
  • June 25, 2021 – Philadelphia Family Court Administrative Judge Murphy has issued an Administrative
    Order
    reopening the Family Court Building to the public as of July 6, and directing that all proceedings, except child/spousal support conferences, scheduled on or after July 6 shall be conducted
    in person at Family Court.
  • June 22, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have announced updated
    protocol
    for the Civil Trial Division’s Compulsory Arbitration Program, effective July 6, 2021.
  • June 7, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Clemons have announced the
    launch of the Custody
    Accelerated Resolution Program (CARP)
    , a pilot project beginning July 6 and running for six months, designed to accelerate the resolution of custody cases in the Major Felony Program.
  • May 28, 2021 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fox has issued an order establishing a process for eligible plaintiffs and/or debtors to be removed from the stay on Sheriff
    Sales where the property may not be eligible for relief under the American Rescue Plan.
  • May 24, 2021 – The First Judicial District has issued a revised
    policy
    for Public Access to Judicial Proceedings During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • May 13, 2021 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has issued an Order amending Administrative Order #15 of 2021, extending the moratorium on residential evictions and the
    terms of the previous Order through June 30, 2021.
  • May 5, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued a Notice
    to the Bar
    setting forth the process for providing notices of virtual arbitration hearing dates, effective immediately.
  • April 29, 2021 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Idee Fox has issued an Order staying all Sheriff's Mortgage Foreclosure Sales and Tax Sales until September, 2021, and advising the
    new procedures will be announced.
  • April 23, 2021 – Philadelphia Orphans’ Court Administrative Judge Woods-Skipper has issued an Order setting guidelines for resuming in-person Orphans’ Court proceedings and the availability of hybrid
    options.
  • April 1, 2021 – Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Dugan has issued an order regarding the extension of the residential eviction moratorium, detailing exceptions, service of writs
    and alias writs of possession.
  • March 31, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued an order extending the moratorium on residential evictions in Philadelphia through June 30, 2021.
  • March 22, 2021 – Effective Monday, April 12, 2021, the Honorable Nina Wright Padilla is duly
    appointed Supervising Judge of the Trial Division – Commerce Program
    .
  • March 22, 2021 – Effective Monday, April 12, 2021, the Honorable Gary S. Glazer is assigned
    to the Trial Division – Civil – Major Jury Program
    .
  • March 22, 2021 – FJD – Notice to the Bar re: Honorable Lucretia C. Clemons – Appointed Supervising Judge
    – Trial Division – Criminal Section – Effective Monday, April 12, 2021.
  • March 22, 2021 – FJD – Notice to the Bar re: Honorable Leon W. Tucker – Assigned to Trial Division –
    Commerce Program – Effective Monday, April 12, 2021.
  • March 15, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judge Anders have issued Updated
    Protocol
    for the Compulsory Arbitration Program, effective April 1, 2021.
  • March 3, 2021 – Administrative Judge Shirdan-Harris and Supervising Judges Andres and Glazer have issued
    protocols
    for discovery motions
    filed on or after March 15, 2021.
  • March 2, 2021 – The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division has issued Protocols
    and Guidelines
    for Conducting In-Person Civil Jury Trials in City Hall During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Civil Jury Trials resume March 4.

Montgomery County Emergency Procedures

Coronavirus Response

The Philadelphia Bar Association is following the recent directives of Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney to close all
non-essential businesses by temporarily closing our physical office at 1101 Market Street for the foreseeable
future. The recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is being closely monitored by health organizations and
governments worldwide.

Although our office is closed, the Philadelphia Bar Association as an entity is open and working
remotely. Our staff is ready and available to continue to service our members. Please feel free to
contact staff by email or phone, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All scheduled meetings will now take place via conference call. Please refer to your meeting
announcement for conference call details, or contact Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org or (215) 238- 6367. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org or (215) 238-6360.

All CLE programming, until further notice, will be offered via webcast. For course offerings, dates, and
times, please visit:

Philadelphia
Bar Association Calendar List

Then, type "CLE" in the search box and hit "Go."

The Philadelphia Bar Association is committed to the health and safety of our staff, members, and
visitors. We wish you and your loved ones well during these unusual circumstances. Further announcements
will be made as necessary.


During the week of February 23, the first incidence of “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated
“COVID-19”) was reported in the United States. COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus—named
“SARS-CoV-2”—which causes a respiratory illness whose symptoms can range from mild to severe. The
illness was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, before spreading into other countries. The
first U.S. cases have been the result of importation via travelers from Wuhan and their close contacts.

Clinical information currently suggests that most cases are mild, with serious illness occurring in about 16% of cases. Those prone to serious occurrences of the disease are older people, those with underlying health issues, such as heart
disease and diabetes, and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms, such as fever, cough, and
shortness of breath, can appear 2-14 days after exposure. The disease is believed to be spread through the mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth, and via
airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing.

The United States Centers for Disease Control's current risk assessment of COVID-19 as it relates to the
U.S. population is that most of the American public is unlikely to be exposed at this time, and the
immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low. Healthcare workers and travelers returning from affected
international locations are at an elevated risk.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

Information and advice from the CDC about COVID-19 is available here. If you experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or who has
recently traveled from an area currently experiencing an outbreak, the CDC recommends that you call your doctor.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Information About the Coronavirus

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Provides information on what you should know about the disease, including how it spreads, symptoms,
    prevention and treatment, testing, and frequently asked questions. It also provides daily situation updates
    and information for communities, schools, businesses, and travel.
  • World Health Organization
    Provides advice for the public, daily situation updates, travel advice, and country-specific information.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
    Frequent updates on the status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, guidance on getting your household prepared for
    an outbreak, and advice on large gatherings and community events.
  • Philadelphia Department of Health
    Planning guidance for businesses and nonprofit organizations and the latest local information on COVID-19.
  • Pennsylvania Public Health Law Benchbook
    Designed for the courts and useful to practitioners, this benchbook provides a glossary of public
    health-related terminology, analysis and background information for some of the legal issues a court may be
    called upon to consider when a major health issue arises, model orders, and a table of cases.

For Announcements on the Status of Court Operations:

United States District Court:
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