INFORMATION ABOUT COURT RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Beginning June 1, 2020, all judicial facilities in the 27th Judicial District (Washington County) are generally open to the public, subject certain conditions and limitations. Individuals entering a judicial facility will be required to undergo screening, wearing a mask or face covering, and comply with social distancing guidelines. Members of the public are still encouraged to conduct their business at a judicial facility remotely, if possible.
A Declaration of Judicial Emergency is still in effect locally, which may affect the applicability of certain statewide and local procedures. A copy of President Judge Katherine B. Emery’s Judicial Emergency Administrative Order dated May 29, 2020, can be found here. A list of all Administrative Orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic are here.
If you have questions about a case, please direct them first to your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, please contact the court or office that you are to appear before. All other inquiries should be directed to the Court Information Desk at (724) 228-6999.
Regular motions practice is suspended for the duration of the judicial emergency. Information concerning how to present a motion to a common pleas judge is listed below.
Civil Division: President Judge Emery
Criminal Division: Judge Gilman
Domestic Relations & Family: Judge Neuman
Juvenile Dependency & Delinquency: Judge McDonald
Orphans’ Court & Specialty Courts: Judge DiSalle
Jury trials for April 13, April 20, May 11, and May 18 were cancelled. Any individual summoned for jury service on those dates is not required to appear, and their service is considered complete (i.e., you cannot be called to serve as a juror again for at least one (1) year).
Jury trials will commence again beginning June 8, 2020. For more information, please visit the Jury Management page of this website.
By Administrative Order dated April 9, 2020, orders for custody of minor children remain in effect and are unaffected by the “stay-at-home” order of the Governor, unless otherwise modified and with due consideration for the safety of the child(ren). Information about motions practice before Judge Neuman during the duration of the judicial emergency can be found above.