Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Please CLICK HERE to view the county's robust and informative website regarding COVID-19.
Montgomery Bar Association Updates
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in PA may now complete all 12 hours of their CLE requirements through approved distance learning activities. MBA offers both Live CLE Webinars and pre-recorded Online CLE seminars - all featuring local experts on a variety of legal topics.
The MBA Building is currently closed with staff working remotely. The restaurant is also closed with a planned reopening of Spring 2021 under new management. If you need to access the building for any purpose, please contact MBA Executive Director Denise Vicario at 610-994-3652 or email@example.com.
Meetings and events will continue to be held virtually via GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and Zoom. Please contact Megan Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-279-9660, ext. 200 to schedule.
Videoconferencing capabilities are available by request. Please contact George Cardenas at email@example.com to schedule.
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CLICK HERE to visit the COVID-19 Resource Center from our friends at USI Affinity / My Benefit Advisor which includes HR, compliance, insurance company updates, SBA information, and return to work guidance.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania have provided an informative compendium of resources for the legal profession during the COVID-19 pandemic (updated December 10, 2020). CLICK HERE to view.
Court Procedure Updates
Montgomery County Court and Department operations will be available on a limited basis beginning Wednesday, March 18th. For more information, visit: www.montcopa.org.
As the situation develops rapidly, we will post the most current orders and procedural changes as they pertain to Montgomery County, as well as county, state, and federal courts. If you have an update that you would like to share with membership, please email email@example.com.
Latest updates are highlighted.
NEW: Amended Inclement Weather Policy includes policy on Virtual Hearings (12/15/2020)
Memo from President Judge Del Ricci RE: Criminal Bench Trial Program (12/9/2020)
Judicial Emergency Order 2020-00001/29 MM 2020- (Updated 11/24/2020)
NOTICE TO THE BAR - Re: Local Rule 200 - (Updated 11/24/2020)
NEW: Updated Order of the Secretary of the PA Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings - (Effective 11/18/2020)
NEW: Order of the Secretary of the PA Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel - (Effective 11/20/2020)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
General and Divisional Protocols
Montgomery County Correctional Facility – Reinstatement of Attorney Visiting Privileges & Visitor Restrictions as of July 13, 2020
From AOPC- Order of the Secretary of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings – July 7, 2020
38th Judicial District - Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County Phase II Operations Plan to Begin on July 20, 2020
Order Amending Judicial Emergency Order of March 16, 2020 (Entered May 26, 2020)
Protocols For Reopening Court (General and Divisional)
Court Reopening Information Session - Orphans' & Juvenile Divisions (May 22, 2020)
Court Reopening Information Session - Family Division (May 22, 2020)
Court Reopening Information Session - Civil Division (May 22, 2020)
Court Reopening Information Session - Criminal Division (May 22, 2020)
Judicial Emergency Order - May 5, 2020
Declaration Extending Judicial Emergency Order to May 31, 2020 (dated April 14, 2020)
Case Conference Protocol - April 8, 2020
Case Conference Request Form - April 8, 2020
Prothonotary's Office Still Open for Protection from Abuse Orders
Order postponing the May 27, 2020 Sheriff's Sale to July 29, 2020 (dated April 21, 2020)
Montgomery County Remote Probate and Marriage Licensing Procedure (dated April 20, 2020)
Pennsylvania Allows Remote Notarization of Some Documents During Coronavirus Emergency (dated April 3, 2020)
Declaration Extending Judicial Emergency Orders to April 30, 2020 (dated March 31, 2020)
Update from the MBA Probate & Tax Section
Preliminary Hearings for Incarcerated Defendants Protocol- March 20, 2020
By Video Protocol - MDJ's Scopia IDs - How to install Scopia Client - How to install Scopia Phone/Tablets Client -
Judicial Emergency Order - March 19, 2020
Judicial Emergency Order - March 18, 2020
Judicial Emergency Order - March 17, 2020
Process for Filing Emergency Petitions/Motions During the Public Health Emergency - March 17, 2020
List of Emergency Matters for the Court of Common Pleas During the Public Health Emergency - March 17, 2020
Judicial Emergency Order - March 16, 2020
Domestic Relations - Application for Telephone Conference
Orphans Court Administrative Order - March 12, 2020
Prothonotary Update - March 12, 2020
Montgomery County Correctional Facility - Temporary Visitor Restriction
Prison Video Visitation Instructions
COMMONWEALTH OF PA - OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Order of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Staying the Notice Requirements for Certain Actions Related to the Dispossession of Property - May 7, 2020
UPDATED Industry Operation Guidance - Including Update for Legal Services
Regarding the Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life Sustaining - March 19, 2020
Life Sustaining Business List- March 19, 2020
PENNSYLVANIA JUDICIARY AND OTHER COUNTY COURTS
Emergency Order of Statewide Judicial Administration Applicable from May 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020 - Dated April 28, 2020
Order Permitting Limited Practice by Persons Unable to Sit for July 2020 Pennsylvania Bar Examination Because of COVID-19
CLICK HERE to view a comprehensive list of updates and orders from the PA Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth and individual counties.
PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT
Second Supplemental Order (Courts Closed Through April 30, 2020) - Issued April 1, 2020
Order Suspending/Modifying Portions of Rules 205 and 213 of the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules - Issued March 27, 2020
Order Regarding Alternative Filing Procedure for Children's Fast Track Appeals - Issued March 27, 2020
Amended Order - March 24, 2020
Administrative Order - March 18, 2020
PENNSYLVANIA SUPERIOR COURT
Statewide Judicial Emergency Aministrative Order - March 17, 2020
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS - THIRD CIRCUIT
Notice Regarding Operations to Address to COVID-19 Pandemic
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT - EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
Standing Order - Extension of Adjustments to Court Operations Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 - April 10, 2020
Standing Order - Expanded Use of Electronic Signatures Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 - April 15, 2020
Standing Order - Interim Payments to CJA Panel Attorneys and Service Providers - April 13, 2020
Order - Temporary Closing of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse - March 25, 2020
Additional Adjustments to Court Proceedings Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 - March 18, 2020
Courthouse Access During the Covid-19 Outbreak - March 17, 2020
Electronic Filing of Complaints in Civil Cases - March 17, 2020
Standing Order - Temporary Continuance of Civil and Criminal Jury Trials - March 13, 2020
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
General Order Extending Certain Time Deadlines - March 18, 2020
Important Notice from the United State Trustee for Regions 3 and 9 Regarding 341 Meetings
Chapter 13 Trustee (William C. Miller) - Video Protocol
How Tenants Can Appeal Evictions (through the Montgomery County Prothonotary's Office)
Back to Work: Navigating the New Normal During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Presentation by Michael J. Torchia, Esq.
Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility - Formal Opinion 2020-300 - Ethical Obligations for Lawyers Working Remotely (April 10, 2020)
Economic Impact Payment Information (IRS)
Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet (U.S. Dept. of the Treasury)
Federal Cares Act - Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Pennsylvanians