Clients with pending civil, family court and Orphans’ Court matters may not have to wait for Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Emergency Order to be lifted in order to resolve their legal disputes.
While Chester County Courts remain physically closed through May 31, 2020 for non-emergency cases, thanks to an increase in technological support, video hearings and depositions are now a possibility.
In a communication from the Chester County Judges on Monday, April 27, 2020, individual Judges and Hearing Officers are available to work remotely with counsel to resolve cases or issues within cases. Cases eligible for this program are limited to civil, family and Orphans’ Court matters, where both sides agree to participate.
In such cases, the court will review agreed-upon orders submitted to the court for execution. Additionally, video and telephone conferencing capabilities would be employed where necessary to resolve specific issues. If the Judge or Hearing Officer is available to participate in a remote conference, a conference will be scheduled by court personnel. Parties will be provided with the date and time of the conference as well as call-in instructions to the county’s conferencing platform.
To determine eligibility of your case and to participate in this program, clients can contact counsel at Gawthrop Greenwood, who can then submit a Case Conference Request Form to the applicable Court Administration office on the client’s behalf.
Gawthrop Greenwood and its team of lawyers will continue to review legislation and governmental decisions as they unfold, as we are committed to providing guidance to our clients. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 610-696-8225.