Welcome to Delaware County's Court of Common Pleas 32nd Judicial District for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Court of Common Pleas located in the historic courthouse has had a long rich history of serving the residents of Delaware County. Today, the Court System covers 12 departments and operates with a budget of approximately $58 million dollars. Under the leadership of President Judge Kevin F. Kelly, the Court of Common Pleas continues to expand its vital role in Delaware County.
Recognizing that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has recently directed that even those judicial districts located in areas still significantly impacted by the Coronavirus while remaining focused on the discharge of critical court functions must now additionally make best efforts in all other type matters to accomplish the administration of justice, subject to the constraining safety considerations brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, this court in appreciative consultation with core systematic stakeholders has developed a plan realizing the equilibrium between the upmost concern of the judiciary for the safety of the court staff, all counsel, every litigant, the various witnesses of the parties, and the public generally, while also being mindful of the necessity to once more provide with regularity for the timely the administration of justice.
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, the criminal, civil and family trial courts will resume certain judicial operations in the court of common pleas, including in-person hearings, under staggered start schedules, hourly caps of the number of cases to be heard, and an aggregate number of matters listed daily. Additionally, the court will continue as it has since the commencement of the present public health crisis to timely list and hear various emergency concerns. (Additional details about those court operations again starting as of June 1, 2020, can be found on the Delaware County court’s webpage by clicking and reading the criminal, family and civil section emergency orders’ attachments - https://www.delcopa.gov/courts/index.html.)
For now, all Domestic Relations master’s and judge’s hearings remain cancelled, except as the court may specially list with advanced notice to the interested parties. Domestic Relations will continue conducting contempt conferences telephonically. Establishment conferences will begin being conducted telephonically. If your case receives a payment it will be distributed. You can check for payments and manage your case at www.childsupport.state.pa.us. Payments can be made electronically on that site, or through Ncourt at www.DCDRSpayments.com or by calling 1-877-793-7955, or with cash at any MoneyGram bill pay location. Due to only having essential staff, the Domestic Relations Office is responding to e-mail inquiries only at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now, only counsel, the parties, and witnesses will be permitted access to the court house and should report about thirty minutes before the scheduled start time as anyone arriving earlier will not then be allowed into the complex to limit needless loitering and foot traffic. (Further details about those currently having court house access, including credentialed press members, can be found on the Delaware County court’s webpage by clicking and reading the criminal, family and civil section emergency orders’ attachments https://www.delcopa.gov/courts/index.html.) All those entering the court house must undergo both a security and health screening, including the taking of temperatures, and will be denied admission should they not pass the health assessment.
This is the first of what is anticipated to be numerous purposefully measured and regularly recurring increments balancing in an evolving fashion the health and safety concerns of court staff and the public with the need to again assure continuous and complete court operations. Relatedly, efforts have already been ongoing to develop the next course of appropriately proceeding to expand trial court operations, as well as similarly position local court facilities in the near future to again process in-person matters.
Thank you for your continued understanding and patience. Be well and stay healthy.
While closed to public access, Domestic Relations personnel continue to insure support payments are distributed and are available to serve clients in need of assistance. Please e-mail the office at email@example.com to receive help with your case.
The Domestic Relations Office will continue to conduct telephonic contempt conferences with non-custodial parents to determine possible enforcement action and employment status. By mid-June 2020, the Domestic Relations Office will hold telephonic establishment conferences beginning with the earliest filing date, in cases where the non-custodial parent is alleged to have an income source.
A plan is being developed to shortly resume Domestic Relations master hearings. Until approved for implementation, hearings will remain in abeyance.
The court will continue making reasonable efforts to keep scheduling ad hoc lists of Domestic Relations appeals and/or contempts, while efforts remain ongoing to develop a systemized plan for these matters being set in a weekly recurring manner.
The motion judge will continue to hold by video conferencing seventy-two (72) hour hearings as needed.
You can check for payments and manage your case 24/7 at www.childsupport.state.pa.us. Payments can be made electronically on that site, or through our Ncourt website at www.DCDRSpayments.com or by calling 1-877-793-7955.
We remain committed to insure custodial parents receive the support they depend on for their children. Thank you for your patience during this time of emergency and stay healthy.
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