In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation,Court is closed until at least April 14, 2020. The Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court authorized each judicial district to declare a judicial emergency. As a result of this authority, the President Judges in both Allegheny County and Washington County recently issued Emergency Judicial Orders closing court.
Because this is an evolving situation, these dates could be extended and you should check your local court’s website for more information. Copies of these orders and links to both the Allegheny and Washington County websites are available below. Also, check back to avramrosen.com for continuous updates as information becomes available. If you have something scheduled for April 15 – May 15, we suggest that you contact our office.
What about work that needs to be done?
Our offices remain open throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Avram, Curtis, Stacey and Ellen are all still working. You can still reach us at 412-563-5000 or by email. We all have remote work capabilities, so we have merely relocated our work locations. Some of us will likely move previously scheduled vacations to this closure period, so as to better serve you once court reopens.
Are you taking new clients during the COVID-19 crises? Yes we remain fully open, even while court remains closed. We are accepting, and have accepted, new clients during the current crises. During this crises, we also offer remote consultations that waive our usual $250 consultation fee. Call us at 412-563-5000, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your case and our retention procedures.
What if I have a Court Appearance or a Filing Deadline?
If you have a court appearance or a deadline to submit documentation or something like that scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 14, 2020, those appearances or deadlines are cancelled. Cancelled court appearances and deadlines will be rescheduled once the court is ready and able to reschedule them. We are keeping track of this and we will let you know whenever we receive a rescheduling order on your case.
What if I have an Emergency?
If you have a domestic violence situation, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division Protection from Abuse (“PFA”) Office will be open at the Family Law Center location during normal business hours. As always, if you are the victim of domestic violence, do not wait; seek help as soon as possible. The attorneys at Rosen Family Law Group are still here to help you!
At this time, we do not know what Washington County will be doing with PFA filings. You are strongly encouraged to check back with avramrosen.com or the Washington County Court of Common Pleas website for additional updates.
If there is another emergency situation, Allegheny County Family Division Judges will be handling written motions on a case-by-case basis. If you believe that you have an emergency situation, you are strongly encouraged to contact our office to discuss your case for additional options.