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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.

Arbitration Program

The Court Administrator's Office has been able to ease the Civil Court calendar through the implementation of the Arbitration Program. I n accordance with Section 7361 of the Judicial Code, 42 Pa. CS 7361, civil cases involving an amount totaling $50,000 or less, are certified for arbitration prior to being scheduled on a trial list. A Board of Arbitrators, which consists of three attorneys, conducts a hearing and reviews pertinent information associated with the case in order to determine an award or ruling in favor of the plaintiff or defendant. Either party may appeal the arbitrators' decision to the Court of Common Pleas if they are dissatisfied with the decision of the Board of Arbitrators.

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