FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
Friday, August 28, 2020
TRIAL DIVISION – CIVIL
NOTICE TO THE BAR
Protocol for Non-Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency
Please take notice that subsequent to September 6, 2020, the Court will be scheduling non-jury trials for matters in the Arbitration Appeal, Major Non-Jury and Equity programs. These non-jury trials will be conducted by way of remote technology. Counsel shall review the published protocols in preparation for trial, including the Policies and Protocols for Use of Advanced Communication Technology for Court Proceedings in Civil Matters issued on July 16, 2020. The non-jury matters to be scheduled for trial commencing after September 6, 2020 will include those matters scheduled for trial in September 2020 as well as those matters which were previously scheduled for trial in March and April 2020 but were postponed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) judicial emergency. Click here for a list of the matters to be scheduled for trial.
All parties must immediately notify the Court in writing of any matters that have settled and file an Order to Settle, Discontinue and End. All parties must immediately notify the Court of any scheduling conflicts, including trial attachments and prepaid vacations. Conflict letters must be electronically filed under the “existing case” section of the Electronic Filing System under the conference submission category. Any requests for continuance must be immediately submitted in writing to the Complex Litigation Center.
Counsel will be served with a Scheduling Order, attaching counsel for trial for a date-certain. Matters which were scheduled for trial in May through August 2020 will be rescheduled for trial at a later date. Any questions about this notice may be addressed to the Complex Litigation Center, 622 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107; telephone (215) 686-5100; fax (215) 686-5137.
Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen
Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris