Pennsylvania Supreme Courts Halts Evictions Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
On March 18, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared a statewide judicial emergency, via Court Order, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court has generally directed the closure of all Pennsylvania courts to the general public and put on hold the majority of court proceedings until at the earliest April 30, 2020. Emergency and essential court functions continue on a limited basis and schedule as needed.
The Supreme Court’s Order also addressed specific court functions from the suspension of jury duty to extending deadlines and time constraints for legal filings. One significant section of the Order pertains to the economic consequences of the outbreak and the potential impact on individual’s ability to meet their financial responsibilities.
Specifically, the Order states that no officer or judicial official can effectuate an eviction, ejectment, or displace a person from their residence for failure to pay rent, mortgage loan, or other similar type payment. This means that while the Judicial Emergency remains in effect no residential evictions will or can take place. The deadline may be extended based on additional guidance from the courts. Each judicial district in the Commonwealth has the ability to implement additional guidelines regarding this Order and timing.
Timoney Knox, LLP is continuing to serve our clients during these unprecedented times and is available to assist with all your legal needs. We have implemented procedures allowing our employees and attorneys to continue to provide legal services in accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s directives regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and in accordance with the Pennsylvania Courts’ Orders.
If you or anyone you know is currently in need of assistance with legal issues surrounding eviction or other landlord tenant concerns, please contact one of our attorney’s to ask for assistance.
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(April 8, 2020)