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Effective May 18, 2021, any individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear masks for entry into any courtroom or court facility under the supervision and authority of the President Judge.

Pursuant to CDC guidance issued on May 13, 2021, an individual is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced in all court facilities, irrespective of vaccination status.

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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