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Effective March 19, in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, The Northampton County Court of Common Pleas will be closed to the public until further notice except for emergency Court services.

More information is available on our COVID-19 Court Information page and on the front page of our website.

COVID-19 Court Updates

Last updated: April 27, 2020 9AM

In order to limit the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public and court personnel, and pursuant to this Court's Declaration of a judicial emergency in the Third Judicial District, and the mandate of Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration 1952(B)(2), the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas will be closed to the public through May 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., except for essential services (see Essential Services Court Section). Please continue to check this page for any updates.

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Cancelled or Rescheduled Court Dates Information
  • Criminal jury and non-jury trials for May 4, 2020 are suspended
  • Guilty pleas and sentencings of non-incarcerated defendants are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Summary criminal appeals for April 20, 2020 and May 28, 2020 are suspended
  • ARD hearings for April 20, 2020 and May 28, 2020 are suspended
  • ASP hearings for April 21, 2020 and May 6, 2020 are suspended
  • Criminal trial scheduling conferences are canceled through July 30, 2020
  • Civil jury trials for May 11, 2020 are suspended
  • Civil non-jury trials for April 27, 2020 are suspended
  • Motions Court is suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Call of the Civil jury trial list for April 29, 2020 is suspended
  • Call of the Civil non-jury list for April 22, 2020 is suspended
  • Child Custody Relocation hearings are suspended until through May 31, 2020
  • Child adoption hearings are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Call of the Orphans Court Audit lists for April 22, 2020 and May 27, 2020 are suspended
  • Asbestos pretrial conferences previously scheduled for April 1, 2020 are continued until June 24, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Asbestos pretrial conferences scheduled for April 29, 2020 are continued until July 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Mortgage foreclosure conferences are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • License Suspension Appeals are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Preliminary hearings of non-incarcerated defendants before Magisterial District Judge are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Summary criminal trials, civil trials, and landlord/tenant proceedings before Magisterial District Judges are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Civil arbitrations are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Sheriff's Sale for May 8, 2020 is continued to June 5, 2020
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for April 6, 2020 are continued to June 15, 2020, June 16, 2020, and June 17, 2020. Calls of the Criminal trial list will take place on June 15, 2020, June 16, 2020, and June 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for May 4, 2020 are continued to June 22, 2020, June 23, 2020, and June 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for June 1, 2020 are continued to July 6, 2020, July 7, 2020, and July 8, 2020. Calls of the Criminal trial list will take place on July 6, 2020, July 7, 2020, and July 8, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for July 6, 2020 are continued to July 13, 2020, July 14, 2020, and July 15, 2020. Calls of the Criminal trial list will take place on July 13, 2020, July 14, 2020, and July 15, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Civil jury trials previously scheduled for April 13, 2020 are continued to August 24, 2020
  • Civil jury trials previously scheduled for May11, 2020 are continued to September 21, 2020
  • Civil non-jury trials previously scheduled for the week of April 27, 2020 are continued to the week of June 1, 2020. In lieu of a civil non-jury call, attorneys and parties shall send an email to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org) by May 22, 2020, stating whether the matter is ready for trial and the approximate length of such trial.
  • All Protection from Abuse final hearings previously scheduled for a date between April 14, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are continued until Friday, June 5, 2020
  • All temporary ex parte Protection from Abuse hearings are continued to June 5, 2020
Essential Services Court

Northampton County Courtroom 9 will remain open during Court business hours. The President Judge will preside over Essential Services Court to handle the following proceedings:

  1. Petitions for protection from abuse, petitions for protection from elder abuse, petitions for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, and complaints for indirect criminal contempt for violation of any existing order for protection from abuse, petitions for protection from elder abuse, petitions for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation
  2. Bail modification and revocation hearings
  3. Petitions for Emergency Guardian of the person or estate of an incapacitated person
  4. Juvenile emergency shelter care hearings and juvenile detention hearings
  5. Preliminary injunction proceedings where the moving party can establish a threat of irreparable harm
  6. Petitions for emergency child custody pursuant to Pa.R.C,P. 1915.4, where there is an immediate danger to the safety, health or well-being of the child
  7. Any pleading or motion relating to public health concerns and involving immediate and irreparable harm
  8. Attorneys for any of the above matters as well as for Gagnon I hearings, Petitions for Parole, guilty pleas, and sentencings for incarcerated Defendants only
  9. Law enforcement officers presenting applications for search warrants and arrest warrants.

Anyone appearing for any of the listed proceedings, must report to the Office of Court Administration. If the door to the courthouse is locked between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., is to call the Office of Court Administration at (610) 829-6700 and a court officer will come to the door and allow entrance to the courthouse.

The proceedings listed may be conducted by use of two-way simultaneous audio-visual communication, including but not limited to Polycom video conferencing, Skype and Facetime.

Anyone needing to file one of the petitions or complaints in # 1 after 2:30 p.m., must call 911 and a police officer will arrange an immediate hearing before a magisterial district judge.

Adult Probation
The Adult Probation Office is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone at (610) 829-6800, or by email.

Argument Court
Argument Court for April 21, 2020 and May 26, 2020 is cancelled and cases will be decided based upon the submitted legal briefs. Attorneys or parties who wish to present oral argument shall contact the assigned judge’s chambers and schedule oral argument. Oral argument may only be conducted via two-way simultaneous audio-visual communication with the assigned judge using the Polycom RealPresence app or Skype for Business procedures set forth in Section II of Administrative Order dated April 17, 2020 (located on the home page).

Child Custody

All child custody conference before a Custody Master will be conducted only by telephone. The custody office will initiate the call to the parties or, in the case of represented parties, to their attorneys, at the time of the conference. To the extent feasible, attorneys should arrange to have their clients present in their offices with them at the time of the conference. If an attorney cannot arrange to have the client present in the attorney's office, the attorney shall arrange to be able to speak to the client by telephone during the conference. All parties and attorneys shall notify the Court in advance if there is any change to their telephone numbers.

All custody complaints and petitions for modification and/or contempt must be mailed to the Office of Court Administration at the following address:

Northampton County Courthouse
Court Administration
Attention: Custody
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042

Documents MUST BE COMPLETED and mailed to the courthouse for review. To obtain a packet/instructions, please email the Custody Office at custodyoffice@northamptoncounty.org

Filing Fee: At this time we will not be accepting an In Forma Pauperis form (waiving filing fee), a money order made out to Clerk of Civil Courts for $160.75 MUST be included with your packet. Please make sure the money order is signed and filled out.

Domestic Relations

Closed to the public. Parties may submit any filings electronically at www.childsupport.state.pa.us Any documents that need to be submitted can be mailed or faxed to 610-253-4135.

De Novo Court hearings in May are scheduled for May 18, 2020 and May 19, 2020. All hearings will be conducted via telephone. The DRS will initiate the call to all parties.

Non-Compliance Court for May is canceled.

Formal Arraignments

- Formal arraignments for April 23, 2020, May 7, 2020, May 8, 2020 and May 21, 2020 are suspended.

Formal arraignments for incarcerated defendants will take place on May 11, 2020, May12, 2020, May 13, 2020, May 14, 2020 and May 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. only via the Polycom RealPresence app or Skype for Business Business procedures set forth in Section II of Administrative Order dated April 17, 2020 (located on the home page). For further guidance, also see Administrative Order of April 17, 2020.

Jury Duty

Jury duty for criminal and civil trials is suspended through May 31, 2020.

Juvenile Justice Center
The Juvenile Justice Center is closed to the public. All visits are suspended until further notice. Juveniles are being permitted extended phone calls and family session conferencing is being conducted via telephone.

Juvenile Probation

The Juvenile Probation Office is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone at (610) 829-6880, or by email.

Juvenile Dependency Hearings will be conducted via telephone through April 14, 2020. Parents/Legal Guardians must provide their counsel and/or assigned agency caseworker with a phone number at which they will be available at the time of their hearing. Parents/Legal Guardians shall not appear in court in person.

Law Library

The law library is open for use by those admitted to the courthouse and parties/counsel participating in Emergency Court Services proceedings.

Magisterial District Courts

All Magisterial District Courts are closed to the public until May 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., except for any of the EMERGENCY COURT SERVICES listed below

  1. Law enforcement officers presenting applications for search warrants or arrest warrants, and for the filing of criminal, summary criminal, traffic and non-traffic cases; and
  2. Police officers, attorneys, or witnesses who are here for a preliminary hearing of an incarcerated defendant. All preliminary hearings for all defendants who are not in prison are continued to a date after May 31, 2020.

Payments of fines and costs for summary criminal, traffic, and non-traffic cases pending before a Magisterial District Judge shall only be made online at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PayOnline.aspx

Private criminal complaints and civil complaints may be mailed to the Magisterial District Judge with a check for the required filing fee.

By Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, no residential tenant may be evicted between March 19, 2020 and April 30, 2020. Landlords may send requests for orders of possession and eviction with a check with the required filing fee, but the eviction will not occur until after April 30, 2020.

Petitions for protection from abuse (PFA), petition for protection from elder abuse, or a petition for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, or a complaint for indirect criminal contempt for violation of any existing order for protection from abuse, protection from elder abuse, or a petition for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, may be filed at the Northampton County Courthouse before 2:30 p.m. If it is after 2:30 p.m., call 911 and a police officer will arrange an immediate hearing before a magisterial district judge.

Miscellaneous Court

Beginning on May 6, 2020, attorneys and parties may schedule miscellaneous hearings, except criminal cases for May 6, 2020, May 13, 2020, May 20, 2020, and May 27, 2020. A party or attorney shall email a .pdf copy of a praecipe for a miscellaneous hearing, together with the respective motion or petition, and all proposed exhibits to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org) and to the opposing counsel or party at least 7 days prior to the miscellaneous hearing date.

All criminal matters will be handled by the President Judge in the Essential Services Court through May 31, 2020.

Pretrial Services
Pretrial Services is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone at (610) 829-6830, or by email.

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Last updated: May 15, 2020 9AM

In order to limit the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public and court personnel, and pursuant to this Court's Declaration of a judicial emergency in the Third Judicial District, and the mandate of Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration 1952(B)(2), the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas will be closed to the public through May 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., except for essential services (see Essential Services Court Section). Please continue to check this page for any updates.

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Cancelled or Rescheduled Court Dates Information
  • Criminal jury and non-jury trials for May 4, 2020 are suspended
  • Guilty pleas and sentencings of non-incarcerated defendants are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Summary criminal appeals for April 20, 2020 and May 28, 2020 are suspended
  • ARD hearings for April 20, 2020 and May 28, 2020 are suspended
  • ASP hearings for April 21, 2020 and May 6, 2020 are suspended
  • Criminal trial scheduling conferences are canceled through July 30, 2020
  • Civil jury trials for May 11, 2020 are suspended
  • Civil non-jury trials for April 27, 2020 are suspended
  • Motions Court is suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Call of the Civil jury trial list for April 29, 2020 is suspended
  • Call of the Civil non-jury list for April 22, 2020 is suspended
  • Child Custody Relocation hearings are suspended until through May 31, 2020
  • Child adoption hearings are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Call of the Orphans Court Audit lists for April 22, 2020 and May 27, 2020 are suspended
  • Asbestos pretrial conferences previously scheduled for April 1, 2020 are continued until June 24, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Asbestos pretrial conferences scheduled for April 29, 2020 are continued until July 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Mortgage foreclosure conferences are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • License Suspension Appeals are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Preliminary hearings of non-incarcerated defendants before Magisterial District Judge are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Summary criminal trials, civil trials, and landlord/tenant proceedings before Magisterial District Judges are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Civil arbitrations are suspended through May 31, 2020
  • Sheriff's Sale for May 8, 2020 is continued to June 5, 2020
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for April 6, 2020 are continued to June 15, 2020, June 16, 2020, and June 17, 2020. Calls of the Criminal trial list will take place on June 15, 2020, June 16, 2020, and June 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for May 4, 2020 are continued to June 22, 2020, June 23, 2020, and June 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for June 1, 2020 are continued to July 6, 2020, July 7, 2020, and July 8, 2020. Calls of the Criminal trial list will take place on July 6, 2020, July 7, 2020, and July 8, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Criminal trials previously scheduled for July 6, 2020 are continued to July 13, 2020, July 14, 2020, and July 15, 2020. Calls of the Criminal trial list will take place on July 13, 2020, July 14, 2020, and July 15, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Civil jury trials previously scheduled for April 13, 2020 are continued to August 24, 2020
  • Civil jury trials previously scheduled for May11, 2020 are continued to September 21, 2020
  • Civil non-jury trials previously scheduled for the week of April 27, 2020 are continued to the week of June 1, 2020. In lieu of a civil non-jury call, attorneys and parties shall send an email to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org) by May 22, 2020, stating whether the matter is ready for trial and the approximate length of such trial.
  • All Protection from Abuse final hearings previously scheduled for a date between April 14, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are continued until Friday, June 5, 2020
  • All temporary ex parte Protection from Abuse hearings are continued to June 5, 2020
Essential Services Court

Northampton County Courtroom 9 will remain open during Court business hours. The President Judge will preside over Essential Services Court to handle the following proceedings:

  1. Petitions for protection from abuse, petitions for protection from elder abuse, petitions for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, and complaints for indirect criminal contempt for violation of any existing order for protection from abuse, petitions for protection from elder abuse, petitions for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation
  2. Bail modification and revocation hearings
  3. Petitions for Emergency Guardian of the person or estate of an incapacitated person
  4. Juvenile emergency shelter care hearings and juvenile detention hearings
  5. Preliminary injunction proceedings where the moving party can establish a threat of irreparable harm
  6. Petitions for emergency child custody pursuant to Pa.R.C,P. 1915.4, where there is an immediate danger to the safety, health or well-being of the child
  7. Any pleading or motion relating to public health concerns and involving immediate and irreparable harm
  8. Attorneys for any of the above matters as well as for Gagnon I hearings, Petitions for Parole, guilty pleas, and sentencings for incarcerated Defendants only
  9. Law enforcement officers presenting applications for search warrants and arrest warrants.

Anyone appearing for any of the listed proceedings, must report to the Office of Court Administration. If the door to the courthouse is locked between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., is to call the Office of Court Administration at (610) 829-6700 and a court officer will come to the door and allow entrance to the courthouse.

The proceedings listed may be conducted by use of two-way simultaneous audio-visual communication, including but not limited to Polycom video conferencing, Skype and Facetime.

Anyone needing to file one of the petitions or complaints in # 1 after 2:30 p.m., must call 911 and a police officer will arrange an immediate hearing before a magisterial district judge.

Adult Probation
The Adult Probation Office is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone at (610) 829-6800, or by email.

Argument Court
Argument Court for April 21, 2020 and May 26, 2020 is cancelled and cases will be decided based upon the submitted legal briefs. Attorneys or parties who wish to present oral argument shall contact the assigned judge’s chambers and schedule oral argument. Oral argument may only be conducted via two-way simultaneous audio-visual communication with the assigned judge using the Polycom RealPresence app or Skype for Business procedures set forth in Section II of Administrative Order dated April 17, 2020 (located on the home page).

Child Custody

All child custody conference before a Custody Master will be conducted only by telephone. The custody office will initiate the call to the parties or, in the case of represented parties, to their attorneys, at the time of the conference. To the extent feasible, attorneys should arrange to have their clients present in their offices with them at the time of the conference. If an attorney cannot arrange to have the client present in the attorney's office, the attorney shall arrange to be able to speak to the client by telephone during the conference. All parties and attorneys shall notify the Court in advance if there is any change to their telephone numbers.

All custody complaints and petitions for modification and/or contempt must be mailed to the Office of Court Administration at the following address:

Northampton County Courthouse
Court Administration
Attention: Custody
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042

Documents MUST BE COMPLETED and mailed to the courthouse for review. To obtain a packet/instructions, please email the Custody Office at custodyoffice@northamptoncounty.org

Filing Fee: At this time we will not be accepting an In Forma Pauperis form (waiving filing fee), a money order made out to Clerk of Civil Courts for $160.75 MUST be included with your packet. Please make sure the money order is signed and filled out.

Domestic Relations

Closed to the public. Parties may submit any filings electronically at www.childsupport.state.pa.us Any documents that need to be submitted can be mailed or faxed to 610-253-4135.

De Novo Court hearings in May are scheduled for May 18, 2020 and May 19, 2020. All hearings will be conducted via telephone. The DRS will initiate the call to all parties.

Non-Compliance Court for May is canceled.

Formal Arraignments

- Formal arraignments for April 23, 2020, May 7, 2020, May 8, 2020 and May 21, 2020 are suspended.

Formal arraignments for incarcerated defendants will take place on May 11, 2020, May12, 2020, May 13, 2020, May 14, 2020 and May 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. only via the Polycom RealPresence app or Skype for Business Business procedures set forth in Section II of Administrative Order dated April 17, 2020 (located on the home page). For further guidance, also see Administrative Order of April 17, 2020.

Jury Duty

Jury duty for criminal and civil trials is suspended through May 31, 2020.

Juvenile Justice Center
The Juvenile Justice Center is closed to the public. All visits are suspended until further notice. Juveniles are being permitted extended phone calls and family session conferencing is being conducted via telephone.

Juvenile Probation

The Juvenile Probation Office is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone at (610) 829-6880, or by email.

Juvenile Dependency Hearings will be conducted via telephone through April 14, 2020. Parents/Legal Guardians must provide their counsel and/or assigned agency caseworker with a phone number at which they will be available at the time of their hearing. Parents/Legal Guardians shall not appear in court in person.

Law Library

The law library is open for use by those admitted to the courthouse and parties/counsel participating in Emergency Court Services proceedings.

Magisterial District Courts

All Magisterial District Courts are closed to the public until May 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., except for any of the EMERGENCY COURT SERVICES listed below

  1. Law enforcement officers presenting applications for search warrants or arrest warrants, and for the filing of criminal, summary criminal, traffic and non-traffic cases; and
  2. Police officers, attorneys, or witnesses who are here for a preliminary hearing of an incarcerated defendant. All preliminary hearings for all defendants who are not in prison are continued to a date after May 31, 2020.

Payments of fines and costs for summary criminal, traffic, and non-traffic cases pending before a Magisterial District Judge shall only be made online at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PayOnline.aspx

Private criminal complaints and civil complaints may be mailed to the Magisterial District Judge with a check for the required filing fee.

By Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, no residential tenant may be evicted between March 19, 2020 and April 30, 2020. Landlords may send requests for orders of possession and eviction with a check with the required filing fee, but the eviction will not occur until after April 30, 2020.

Petitions for protection from abuse (PFA), petition for protection from elder abuse, or a petition for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, or a complaint for indirect criminal contempt for violation of any existing order for protection from abuse, protection from elder abuse, or a petition for protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, may be filed at the Northampton County Courthouse before 2:30 p.m. If it is after 2:30 p.m., call 911 and a police officer will arrange an immediate hearing before a magisterial district judge.

Miscellaneous Court

Beginning on May 6, 2020, attorneys and parties may schedule miscellaneous hearings, except criminal cases for May 6, 2020, May 13, 2020, May 20, 2020, and May 27, 2020. A party or attorney shall email a .pdf copy of a praecipe for a miscellaneous hearing, together with the respective motion or petition, and all proposed exhibits to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org) and to the opposing counsel or party at least 7 days prior to the miscellaneous hearing date.

All criminal matters will be handled by the President Judge in the Essential Services Court through May 31, 2020.

Pretrial Services
Pretrial Services is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone at (610) 829-6830, or by email.

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