Protection From Abuse (PFA) | Emergency PFA Procedures for Nights, Weekends and Holidays
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 may issue emergency PFA orders when the Family Division
Court is unavailable. An emergency PFA Order may be obtained from the Magisterial
District Judge with jurisdiction on weekdays after 11:00 a.m. After 11:00 a.m.,
and on weekends and court holidays, an emergency PFA Order may be obtained from
a Magisterial District Judge at the Municipal Courts Building, 660 First Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219