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Effective November 22, 2021, the wearing of face masks is required for all court employees under the supervision and authority of the President Judge, or an individuals entering any courtroom or court facility under the supervision and authority of the President Judge, including all Magisterial District Court, the office of Court Administration, the Domestic Relations Building, and the offices of Adult Probation and Pretrial Services, unless fully vaccinated, pursuant to Administrative Order 2021-20.

Pursuant to CDC guidelines residents, employees and visitors to the Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center, including juvenile detention and treatment, must wear masks irrespective of vaccination status. Irrespective of vaccination status, all individuals who enter a courtroom in which a resident of the Juvenile Justice Center and/or treatment center is present must wear a mask.

More information is available on our
Judicial Emergency Orders and COVID-19 Information page.

The Constitution of Pennsylvania establishes the Common Pleas Court as the trial court of general jurisdiction in this Commonwealth. It is at the common pleas level that criminal prosecutions are brought ranging from homicides to misdemeanors. Money damage actions are tried here as well. All matters relating to the family-divorce, custody, and support-are presented here. The juvenile court division hears cases involving those under the age of eighteen who are charged with criminal acts or who are alleged to be dependent children. Estate matters, adoptions, property disputes, and equity issues are all heard at the common pleas level. The rights of individuals in these significant matters are adjudicated in this court in thousands of matters annually. Juries are impaneled to decide cases involving life, liberty, and property.

In the Magisterial District Courts of the Third Judicial District an average of 70,000 are heard each year. Magisterial District Justices conduct preliminary hearings in criminal matters, decide summary criminal cases, hear emergency protection from abuse applications, issue search and arrest warrants, set bail, and decide civil claims within the limited jurisdiction of the Magisterial District Justice Courts.

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Public Access Policy

Effective January 8, 2018: Public Access policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas

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