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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.


Magisterial District Judges will be available remotely to handle designated essential operations. The Magisterial District Judges will be assigned on a rotating basis.

The designated essential operations are as follows:
        • Criminal case filings, arrest warrant requests and on-view arrest cases and subsequent processing, which includes arraignments • Issuance of search warrants
        • Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions

Police departments will contact court personnel to initiate proceedings at Detailed instructions on the steps to follow for remote processing will be sent to all police departments

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