Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Administration | Strategic Planning



Consistent with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated April 1, 2020, this Court having originally declared a judicial emergency in the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania through April 14, 2020, President Judge Clark now declares that the judicial emergency be extended through May 8, 2020. The Fifth Judicial District Emergency Operations Plan dated March 26, 2020, as amended, shall remain in effect through the duration of the judicial emergency. Additionally, in recognition of the likelihood that this judicial emergency may, of necessity, be extended through May 31, 2020, it is further ORDERED that any case postponed due to this emergency be scheduled after May 31, 2020, and that the suspension of the operation of Rule 600 be applied to those postponements, subject to constitutional limitations. Cases that can be resolved entirely through the use of Advanced Communication Technology may be postponed to a date prior to May 31, 2020.


Following the introduction of The Fifth Judicial Distict's Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 in May 2012, seven Implementation Teams, involving more than 80 judges, magisterial district judges and court employees, representing all court divisions, departments and functions, assembled regularly throughout May 2012 – June 2013 to work on specific focus areas and accompanying projects. Implementation Teams further investigated resources and developed proposals for long term execution.

In June 2013, the Strategic Planning Committee and Implementation Teams were again convened to review and analyze the results of 2012-2013 projects and to determine strategic plan projects for 2013-2014. Accomplishments in the first year of planning include, but are not limited to, the completion of a comprehensive analysis of all court occupied facilities, the development of an employee information guide, the adoption of time standards, the completion of a study to increase utilization and functionality of the court website, implementation of a court wide dress code, a final report detailing strategies to address salary compression issues, and a completed cost analysis of IT infrastructure.

Additionally, coordinators reporting for each division of the court provided detailed information regarding actions commenced and completed to address projects specific to their respective areas of the court, such as on-line court forms, research for conducting public educational/outreach programs, increased video-conferencing, and a detailed program for the orientation of new court employees, to name a few.

Strategic Plan projects for 2013-2014 are formalized in the Companion to the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan.