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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.

Credit Card Debt Collection Cases

The extremely high number of collection cases has required the Court to establish procedural guidelines under Administrative Order 2010-9 setting forth specific protocols that must be followed in order to keep the case active and brought to a successful conclusion.

  1. When service has been effected upon the Defendant and an answer has not been filed, the Plaintiff is instructed to enter a judgment within 90 days.
  2. If service has been effected and an answer has been filed timely the parties are directed to complete discovery within ninety (90) days.
  3. Ninety (90) days thereafter the Plaintiff is required to praecipe the case for arbitration.
  4. The Prothonotary has been directed to discontinue all credit card debt collection cases that possess one hundred eighty days (180) of continued inactivity.
Tracking address: Tracking code - do not email: crt20-ccagce@shom.nccpa.org (do not email this address - tracking purposes only)