The State of Current Court Closures and Trial Suspensions
Since March 16th, state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been implementing measures designed to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Both states originally planned to close courts for just 2 weeks, but as cases of COVID-19 have increased exponentially, these emergency orders have since been expanded. Currently, trial suspensions are set to last through April 26th, though the date may be further amended if necessary for public health.
The situation is unprecedented, and we’re aware you may have questions about how it will affect your case. If you have a pending claim right now, here are some of the answers you may be looking for.
What Has Been Delayed Due to COVID-19?
New Jersey and Pennsylvania courts are both closed to the public, meaning no in-person proceedings will take place until they are re-opened. All jury trials have been placed on hold, as have hearings and other operations that would typically involve the public.
You can find more information and updates on the court closures online:
- For Pennsylvania
- For New Jersey
You can also ask your attorney for details.
How Long Will My Case Be Delayed?
While we know cases are currently on hold due to the above, we cannot project new dates for your appearances. Because we do not know exactly how long we will be required to shelter in place due to the novel coronavirus, the court has not been able to provide an updated schedule. When the stay at home restrictions are lifted, we expect to receive a Court Order regarding deadlines and scheduling. We will reach out to you when we are able to confirm the details relating to your case.
Can I Expect Any Progress to Be Made Before the Courts Fully Return?
Yes! Though we are not in our office, our team has continued working on your case. We are safely collaborating from our homes to do all we can for clients.
We are also able to move forward with some conferences and other proceedings, such as depositions and mediations, using video chat technology. You can rest assured we are continuing to work hard on your behalf despite this disruption to our normal lives.
Are You Available for Calls and Consultations?
Though we closed our physical offices on March 12th to keep our staff and clients safe from COVID-19, we are still available during normal business hours to provide free consultations and updates about your case.
Our phones are answered 24/7 and you can also reach out to us via email or through our online form.
Reach Out to Us with Questions
We want to make sure you fully understand how the current stay at home order and court closures may affect your case. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are keeping up with the latest developments from Pennsylvania and New Jersey courts so we can give you the most recent news.
We, like everyone else, are doing the best we can to adapt to this unexpected situation. We are dedicated to providing the same level of service and availability to our clients no matter what. As we move into April, we hope we will have good news to share with you soon. Until then, best wishes to you and your loved ones as we weather this storm together.
Our team is available 24/7 at (215) 372-8889.