Chester County Bar Association

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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NOTICE (4/14/20): To facilitate more frequent clothes washing to eliminate virus residue and in response to concerns regarding the difficulty in washing traditional business attire (suit coats, ties, blazers, dresses, dry clean only clothing) court employees, attorneys and court-related personnel who are expected to attend proceedings in any Chester County Courtroom (including MDJ offices) may appear in business casual dress. This shall remain in effect until the judicial emergency order has been lifted or further instructions provided by the President Judge. Although there is no specific guidance published regarding coronavirus and clothing, the dress code guidelines are being relaxed out of an abundance of caution. 

NOTICE FROM CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (5/12/20): 

 We are now accepting and processing all paperwork for service of civil process. Please note that our Deputies have resumed service of civil process generally, subject to other scheduling demands as they arise. We are also holding some paperwork for later service in accordance with local and/or state moratoriums or stays on certain writs and civil actions. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the main civil line at (610) 344 5978 or contact Nicole E. Barron, Esq. at nbarron@chesco.org

 

 

CHESTER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS: (most recent first)

AMENDMENT TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 9-2020 (5/13/20)

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 9-2020 (5/4/20)

THIRD AMENDMENT TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 6-2020 (4/24/20)

SECOND AMENDMENT TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 6-2020 (4/17/20)
DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ON ACCOUNT OF COVID-19 (4/17/20)
AMENDED ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 6-2020 (4/2/20)
DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY (4/2/20)

CHESTER COUNTY ORDER: POSTPONEMENT OF 4/16/20 SHERIFF'S SALES TO 5/21/20 (3/27/20)

SUPPLEMENTAL COURT ORDER (3/24/20)

DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (3/19/20)

15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY (3/17/20

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY AND 2ND AMENDMENT TO ADMIN. ORDER 4-2020 (3/17/20)

1ST AMENDMENT TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 4-2020 (3/13/20)

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 4-2020 (3/12/20)

 

 

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA:

GENERAL STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY - SUPREME COURT OPERATIONS (4/28/20)

GENERAL STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY - INVESTIGATING GRAND JURY OPERATIONS (4/28/20)

ORDER PERMITTING LIMITED PRACTICE BY PERSONS UNABLE TO SIT FOR JULY 2020 PENNSYLVANIA BAR EXAMINATION BECAUSE OF COVID-19 GENERAL STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY (4/28/20)

ORDER TEMPORARILY MODIFYING PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION 108(e) (4/15/20)

FRIENDS OF DANNY DEVITO VS. TOM WOLF, GOVERNOR (4/13/20)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an important 51-page decision in a case filed by five petitioners against the Governor and his Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth. In a 4-3 Majority Opinion, the court upheld the Governor's recent shutdown order for non-essential businesses, rejecting the argument that it was unconstitutional. 
Click to read the 51-page opinion and the 4-page dissent/concurring opinion.

PA SUPREME COURT STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY (4/1/20)

PA SUPREME COURT STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY (3/18/20)
 

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA:

BUSINESS CLOSURE ORDER (4/20/20)

LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESS FAQ'S (4/20/20)

2020 INDUSTRY OPERATION GUIDELINES (4/20/20)

PA REMOTE NOTARIZATION (4/2/20)
OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
$60 MILLION COVID-19 SMALL-BUSINESS LOAN FUND
PENNSYLVANIA COVID-19 GUIDE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Crisis:

- ABA Coronavirus Task Force - American Bar Association

Resources for Lawyers & Law Firms - American Bar Association

Work from Home - The Cleveland Clinic

- CCBA uses Zoom Video Conferencing for meetings. Click here for Zoom User's Guide

7 Tech Tools to Help Lawyers Set Up Virtual Offices 

Working from home? ABA Free Legal Answers offers pro bono opportunities 

Preparing for the Unknown: Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Planning for Law Firms

Responding to the Pandemic: Resources for Attorneys Working Remotely

Adapt and Innovate: Tips for Operating a Virtual Law Practice During the Pandemic - Concord Law School publication

Health and Wellness:

- Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) Resources During COVID-19

PA Department of Health

- Autism Parenting Magazine - giving away a bonus issue of their magazine to anyone who visits their site!

 

National Court Updates:

National Center for State Courts 

How the coronavirus is upending the criminal justice system 

Outbreaks of disease have shuttered the Supreme Court going back more than 2 centuries 

A slew of federal and state courts suspend trials or close for coronavirus threat 

U.S. Court Closings, Cancellations and Restrictions Due To COVID-19 

 

 

NEWS OUTLETS:

Text alerts in PA:            
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West Chester Patch:        
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VISTA Today:                   
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School closures:              
http://education.pa.gov/COVID19