Coronavirus - COVID-19 - Impact on Lycoming County Lawyers
- March 27, 2020 - Lycoming County extends court closure through April 14
- March 25, 2020 - Governor Wolf ordered the suspension of the personal appearance requirement of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) for Pennsylvania notaries in certain real estate transactions.
- March 24, 2020 - Pa Supreme Court updates list of essential functins and suspends rules on service of procesDons
- March 24, 2020 - LLA updates the list of event and meeting cancellations
- March 24, 2020 - Lycoming County prison limits access to prisoners
- March 23, 2020 - MDPA Scranton Courthous closed. Harrisburg reopened.
- March 23, 2020 - MDPA order relating to access to federal buildings and courthouses
- March 23, 2020 - Supreme Court upholds Governor's order re law office closure, with exemptions in place
- March 23, 2020 - Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to suspend the requirement for physical presence of notaries who are court reporters/stenographers
- March 21, 2020 - News release from the Third Circuit on the operation of courts in the Circuit.
- March 20, 2020 - Update from the AOPC concerning tension between law office closing and essential court functions
- March 19. 2020 - Lycoming County PFA Guidence
- March 19, 2020 - Lycoming County Courts filing and appearance guidence
- March 19, 2020 - Governor Orders Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses at 8 p.m. today, March 19. List of closures.
- March 19, 2020 - Order. April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline applicable to Compliance Group 1 is extended to August 31, 2020.
- March 18, 2020 - US District Court MDPa has issued a supplemental order addressing operations
- March 18, 2020 - Supreme Court Closes all state courts.
- March 17, 2020 - Superior Court declares judicial emergency
- March 16, 2020 - Lycoming County declares emergency
- March 16, 2020 - Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas has declared a judicial emergency and isued the following statement:
In light of concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, President Judge Nancy L. Butts, in consultation with and approval of the Judges of Lycoming County, has authorized the following actions to safeguard personnel and members of the public against unreasonable health risks while maintaining accessibility to the Courts:
- Court employees will not be attending off-site conferences or trainings.
- Court events and meetings will be rescheduled or held via teleconference.
- With the exception of preliminary hearings, arraignments, bail hearings, bench warrant hearings, extraditions, PFA hearings, and other emergency matters, from March 17, 2020 until April 14, 2020, all criminal, civil, and family court matters, whenever possible, will be either continued or handled by telephone or video conference.
- Inmates will not be transported from the Lycoming County Prison or Pre-release Center for court proceedings. Incarcerated defendants will participate in court proceedings by video conference.
- Jury selection currently scheduled for March 30-April 3, 2020, is cancelled. All jury trials scheduled for the trial term April through May have been continued.
- All Magisterial District Justice offices have been asked to implement similar strategies to minimize public exposure. Members of the public who have matters scheduled before an MDJ should contact the MDJ office for further direction and guidance. Those individuals having to make payments to an MDJ are encouraged to make payments online via https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PayOnline.aspx or via U.S. mail.
We continue to monitor the latest developments in this rapidly changing situation. While COVID-19’s emergence has tested our public health professionals and systems, the Lycoming County Courts are confident that we will continue to make decisions that protect the public and our employees while ensuring continued due process and access to the Courts.
Thank you for your anticipated patience and cooperation in this new and emerging situation. Please understand that events are very fluid and are continually subject to change as additional information becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Court Administration Office.
- March 16, 2020 - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declared a Judicial Emergency and issued an order
- March 16, 2020 - The Governor's statement on COVID-19 mitigation efforts
- March 16, 2020 - Lycoming Law Association event and CLE cancellations
- March 13, 2020 - The United States District Court for the Middle District has issued an order staying and continuing certain matters
- March 6, 2020 - Governor Wolf's disaster proclamation