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Effective August 6, 2021, irrespective of vaccination status, the wearing of face masks is required for all court employees under the supervision and authority of the President Judge, or any 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, the Juvenile Justice Center, and the offices of Adult Probation and Pretrial Services, pursuant to Administrative Order 2021-16.

Masks shall not be required for individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition.

Further, irrespective of vaccination status, individuals who have been directed to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any doctor, hospital or health agency or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have flu-like symptoms are prohibited from entering any courtroom or court facility under the supervision and authority of the President Judge.

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

Child Custody

Parties involved in child custody disputes are required to present their petition in Motion's Court between 9:00 and 9:30 any weekday morning and proceed to the Civil Division to praecipe the matter for a conference with one of the Court's three custody conference officers. The Civil Division provides counsel or the parties with available dates for conferences. After the conference, and with agreement of the parties, the officer prepares a custody order for the signature of the President Judge. This Order gets filed in the Civil Division and copies mailed to counsel of record or the parties. If no agreement is reached at the conference the parties are required to schedule and attend a mediation session with an officer of the Court or one of the Judges. If mediation fails to broker an agreement between the parties the case may then be praeciped for a non-jury trial.

Child Custody Self-Help Section
Co-Parenting Education Program (COPE)
Alternate Procedure for Custody Filings (Attorneys Only)

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