On March 18th, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took the extraordinary measure of temporarily closing the court system throughout the State due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s March 18th, 2020 order closing the courts to the public may be reviewed HERE.
In addition, Governor Wolf has ordered that all non-essential businesses within the State, including law firms, close their doors in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus. In compliance with the Governor’s Order, and in an effort to assist in curtailing the spread of this virus, The Maroto Law Group has closed its physical offices until further notice.
While our physical offices may be closed to the public at this time, our attorneys and staff will remain available by telephone, video chat, facetime and email to assist current and prospective clients with their legal needs and legal questions. We are committed to making sure that those who need our help will continue to have access to it.
As the general public may not access the court system directly due to the outbreak, certain State and local court functions will remain available to accommodate the legal needs of the public. Those who either have an ongoing case already in the court system or those who are in need of obtaining emergency access to the court system will be allowed to do so, on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the State or local court where the case would be heard. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in conjunction with the local courts, has deemed certain legal matters essential and has outlined essential functions as:
Emergency bail review and habeas corpus hearings;
Gagnon 1 hearings;
Bench warrant hearings pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 150;
Juvenile delinquency detention;
Juvenile emergency shelter and detention hearings;
Temporary protection from abuse hearings (PFAs);
Emergency petitions for child custody;
Emergency support matters;
Emergency petitions for guardianship;
Civil mental health reviews (50 P.S. §7302);
Any pleadings or motions relating to public health concerns and involving immediate and irreparable harm; and
Any other function deemed by a president judge to be essential consistent with constitutional requirements.
In addition, court calendars, scheduling notices, subpoenas or other court orders compelling appearances by any attorney, litigant or other participant in non-essential cases are to be continued or postponed until further order. Therefore, if you have a non-essential matter scheduled with any court between March 19th, 2020 and April 3rd, 2020 (and possibly beyond April 3rd depending on the court handling your case), your court case will be continued and re-scheduled to a future date.
If you believe you have a legal issue which meets the definition of being "essential", or if you are not sure about your legal situation in general, then you should contact our offices immediately for legal guidance.
Again, please do not hesitate to contact our office
via telephone at (610) 579-3986
or through our online email portal.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience as we, together as a community, work through this unprecedented event.
The Maroto Law Group