In November 2019, the world grew weary of a new virus. Some warned it might lead to an epidemic, but little attention was given. Fast forward to April 2020; the world has come to a metaphorical and somewhat stop after Covid-19 turned into a global pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted society in every sphere of the way. The judicial system has not been spared, with most functions being suspended until further notice. Stambaugh Law, with experience spanning over three decades, would like to address any concerns you may have regarding your court claims and Covid-19.
The judicial system and Covid-19
A lockdown is being imposed in most regions of the world. Only the essential services are being left open, and while there’s debate over what is essential and what isn’t, most case proceedings have been postponed.
Take Pennsylvania, for example, on March 18th, the Supreme Court issued a court order closing down all courts. The order affected all state courts, including District, Commonwealth, and Superior Courts. Moreover, the order declared a state of judicial emergency, which will be in effect until April 14th.
Remote communication is advised
The directive for all state courts was issued, recommending the use of remote communication in some instances. This means that court proceedings that can be held over phone or video will carry on, remotely. This has been not only been permitted but is also highly encouraged to avoid any delayed justice.
There are cases, however, where remove communication is either not allowed or not possible. These cases will inevitably be delayed until a later date to be confirmed.
Will your case be allowed or delayed?
As mentioned above, while most cases will carry on remotely, there’s a significant amount that will be locked out. You may be wondering if your case or case you’re interested in will carry on. Here’s a look at what’s delayed and what’s not.
Much of the choice of whether the case carries on or not will be up to you. However, if you are looking for a traditional hearing, it will prove harder, as the state courts have closed all but essential functions.
What are the essential functions, and does your case fall here? Here’s a list of the vital services concerning Commonwealth and Superior Courts as per the order.
- Children’s Fast-Track maters
- Emergency filings
- Electoral matters
- Functions the President Judge deems an emergency
It is worthwhile to note a couple of things. One, all jury and non-jury proceedings remain suspended and will be rescheduled later. Two, all hearings related to civil trials, conferences, discovery mentions, pretrial conferences, and other meetings are either conducted remotely or postponed entirely.
Additionally, all matters deemed not an emergency but require the presence of an attorney or litigant has been postponed indefinitely.
Will deadlines be extended?
Initially, the Supreme Court, through the order, stipulated that all-time considerations be suspended until the start of April. However, as the situation is not getting much better, the suspension will likely be moved further.
The deadline for any case-related deadlines between March 18th and April 3rd was also pushed forward. Pleadings due in between March 19th and April 3rd were also moved to the start of April at earliest.
What do you need?
At the end of the day, you are likely here because you have an interest in the judicial system, and how that may affect you. Perhaps you had a legal proceeding, and while all was going okay, you’re uncertain about how long it’ll take before you can get a positive outcome, and whether the time waiting will hamper the report.
These questions are important to ask. However, there aren’t enough qualified professionals working or adept at handling cases at this time. Stambaugh Law has some of the leading and capable attorneys in the region. They are not only handling cases ranging from trauma to personal injury, but they are willing to walk through the whole legal process.
Whether you had an ongoing case or are concerned about any legal proceedings, you can reach Stambaugh Law and be sure they’ll cater to all your legal needs. Additionally, they’ll ensure you’re in the loop by maintaining communication through emails, phone calls, and other media.
At this time, it is important to follow the stipulated guidelines on social distancing and flattening the curve. However, that does not hinder your case from going on, so ensure you have excellent legal representation.