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Welcome to the Court of Common Pleas 43rd Judicial District​



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL of the COURT offices are CLOSED Monday, June 20, 2022 for the Juneteenth holiday but open on Tuesday, June 14th(Flag Day).


 The Courts’ email has now been restored. Please note: the Court was without email from Monday, May 9, 2022 through Wednesday, May 11, 2022. If you emailed any Court employee or Court filing office email address during that time, please resend your correspondence

Appointment to Fill A Vacancy in the Position of Constable for Tunkhannock Township (see attached Order of Court for process/deadlines/requirements)​​


JOB OPENINGS ​



The following Orders of Court were issued on March 11, 2022.  These are the latest orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

Virtual COPE classes are now available via a web-based platform; please go to our Custody Department link for the registration form and more details.

 
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 All Courts of the 43rd Judicial District, Monroe County, including Magisterial District Courts and the Court of Common Pleas, have been and shall remain fully open for business. 


The Court continues to monitor COVID-19 data and guidelines as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and local health care providers.  As of this time, and as per Admin Order 106 AD 2020 (issued 3/11/2022):

 

  1.  Facial masking in any Court Facility is optional but highly recommended in all public spaces including, but not limited to, corridors, restrooms, courtrooms, hearing rooms, deliberation rooms, elevators, stairways, entranceways, and all Court offices.


  2.  Where practicable, it is highly recommended that all persons maintain physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet of separation. The CDC currently recommends, “If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, especially if you are at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19.”


  3.  All persons entering any Court facility, which includes 701 Main Street and the Sherman Theater, shall be screened using the COVID-19 questionnaire approved by the Court. Any person not meeting the health questionnaire criteria may be denied access to any Court facility and alternative accommodations for access to court proceedings and offices will be made. The Sheriff’s staff will continue to act as the “gatekeeper” in accordance with these procedures.


  4.  Any person who meets one or more of the below criteria may be prohibited from entering the Court Facility:

    a.  is currently directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home for COVID-19 by any doctor,
         hospital or health agency; or

    b.  has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (and has not been medically cleared from isolation), or has had
         close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 (within the last fourteen (14) days); or

    c.   has flulike symptoms or a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.


  5.  Court users will be permitted in the facility no more than 10 minutes prior to a scheduled proceeding or appointment. Counsel shall speak with their clients outside of the court facility prior to any proceeding.​


Please continue to check http://www.monroepacourts.us/ for updates. As always, please reference the "Calendar" link on this page to see scheduled proceedings for criminal cases for the Court of Common Pleas.​

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For those at risk for homelessness as a result of COVID-19, please see the following:

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides assistance to households that have experienced financial hardship and may be at risk of homelessness due to COVID-19. ERAP provides tenant households assistance with rental and utility costs to include arrearages and other related housing expenses. Eligible households can receive up to fifteen (15) months of rental and utility assistance, including payment on arrears dating back to March 13, 2020, and there are no caps on the amounts that can be paid. Interested tenants or landlords can apply online, and Monroe County residents can call Pocono Mountains United Way's ERAP team at 570-243-6677 for more information.​​



COVID-19 Questions? Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
If you are sick, please stay home and contact your health care professional for assistance/direction.
 
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) can be found at
 
 Links to local health care providers:
 
      Lehigh Valley Health Network –
            https://www.lvhn.org/
 
      St. Luke’s University Health Network
            https://www.slhn.org/
 

 
 
 
Mission: The Courts of the 43rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania, as an independent branch of government, are dedicated to the administration of justice in a fair, impartial and timely manner in accordance with the rule of law and the constitutions of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Court of Common Pleas of the 43rd Judicial District is a state trial court of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. It encompasses the County of Monroe. The Court hears civil cases with a significant amount in controversy and trials for serious crimes. The Court has original jurisdiction over all cases not exclusively assigned to another court and appellate jurisdiction over judgments from the minor courts. The Court also hears appeals from certain state and most local government agencies. The courts are established by Article V, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution: "There shall be one court of common pleas for each judicial district (a) having such divisions and consisting of such number of judges as shall be provided by law, one of whom shall be the president judge; and (b) having unlimited original jurisdiction in all cases except as may otherwise be provided by law." The Court of Common Pleas of the 43rd Judicial District has 7 judges. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.
 
 
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Upcoming Jury Selection Dates

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022


(please refer to your juror summons for more information):

 


 
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