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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.

Sentencing

Northampton County Court uses an array of sentencing options to balance community safety, victim retribution, restitution, and offender rehabilitation. Sentencing alternatives include incarceration in either the Bureau of Corrections or county prison, state and county parole and probation, house arrest, and the use of electronic monitoring which has become a viable option between probation and imprisonment.

Intermediate Punishment is a sentencing alternative which imposes specific conditions the offender must fulfill during the entire length of the sentence. Required counseling, participation in high school equivalency classes, community service, and related conditions are monitored by the probation/parole officer with measured performance related to the court.

The court has recognized the space limitations of the county prison and closely reviews which offenders may initially serve their sentence in the local county prison. If an individual who is sentenced to the county prison does not make state parole on his minimum date of sentence or is subsequently returned by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Probation and Parole as a parole violator, the offender is required to serve the balance of his term at a state correctional institution. This philosophy enables the youthful offender to take advantage of the rehabilitative programs contained in the county facility, while placing hardened offenders in state institutions.

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