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March 06, 2020

Philadelphia Bar Association Coronavirus Response

Updated August 12, 2020

Recent Updates

  • August 12, 2020: Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judge Shirdan-Harris have issued a Notice to the Bar extending the Protocol for Civil Case Management Conferences During the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency.
  • July 28, 2020 - All Philadelphia civil jury trials scheduled through January 4, 2021 are postponed and will be rescheduled, non-jury trials scheduled after September 6 will be heard using remote technology. See notice.
  • July 21, 2020 – President Judge Fox has issued an order regarding continuation of the stay in certain mortgage foreclosure and landlord tenant matters related to dispossession of property.
  • July 17, 2020 - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered that all landlords filing evictions between March 27 and August 24, 2020 must file an Affidavit of Compliance with the federal CARES Act in the form attached to the order.
  • July 16, 2020 – Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges New and Glazer have issued Policies and Protocols for Use of Advanced Communication Technology for Court Proceedings in Civil Matters
  • July 13, 2020 – President Judges Fox and Dugan have issued an order implementing the reopening in phases of the Philadelphia Municipal Court Civil Division to in-person proceedings and providing information about appeals from Municipal Court Judgments.
  • July 13, 2020 – The Criminal Justice Center has issued a main level floor plan and photo showing the social distancing plan for reopening the building.
  • July 9, 2020 – Gov. Wolf issued an Executive Order extending protections from foreclosures and evictions in qualifying cases through August 31, 2020.
  • July 9, 2020 – The PA Board of Law Examiners has announced that the 2020 bar exam will be administered remotely over three days, on October 5, 6 and 7. See the Board’s letter for additional details.
  • July 8, 2020: Administrative Judge Allen and Supervising Judges Glazer and New have set new protocol for the handling of Discovery Motions filed after July 6 through September 7.
  • July 8, 2020 – Montgomery County Courts have issued a Phase II Operations Plan for reopening, affecting cases in the Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions, as well as some operations in MDJ courts. The Plan is effective July 20, 2020.
  • July 8, 2020 – The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has issued guidance to all President Judges and Court Administrators in Pennsylvania regarding the application to courts and courthouses of the Secretary of Health’s order requiring face coverings. AOPC strongly recommends adherence to the Secretary’s order, including inside courtrooms.
  • July 6, 2020: President Judge Fox has issued an order updating the protocols for pending Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court criminal cases.
  • July 6, 2020 – President Judge Fox and Administrative Judge Allen have issued an order staying the requirement of deposit of rent to maintain the supersedeas in landlord tenant appeals through Sept 8 or further order of the court.

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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