Due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases, and newly updated public health guidelines set in place by the City’s Health Department, The First Judicial District has decided to suspend jury duty until January 2021. If you’ve received a juror summons, prior to January, you do not have to report as scheduled, and you will be given credit for at least one year.
If you have any questions, please contact the Jury Commission at Jury@courts.phila.gov
Thank you and stay safe.
Municipal Court - Traffic Division:
Please be advised that in-person trials will resume at the Traffic Division on November 16, 2020. You are expected to appear in person on the date assigned, unless you have received written notification that your current or previous trial date was relisted.
The court will continue to offer remote payment plan hearings via ZOOM for those who are interested. The court is currently open to the public between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you have any questions or would like to be considered for a virtual payment plan hearing, please contact our Call Center at 855-868-1675. Customer service representatives are currently available from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All courts of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania remain operational. The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania continues to monitor developments on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential impact on court operations.
Please know that the health and safety of court users and court employees are of paramount importance. For questions, updates, or information about court proceedings and jury service, contact the following departments:
Court of Common Pleas:
Jury Service, 215 683-7167
Orphan' Court Clerk's Office: (215) 686-2230
Criminal Listings for criminal matters, call 215 683-7505
Complex Litigation Center for civil matters, call 215 686-5100
The health and safety of court users and court employees remain an ongoing concern. Please know the following:
1. The FJD Trial Division is following the state and federal guidelines encouraging social distancing. First, fewer jurors will be called starting March 16, 2020. The large jury assembly rooms allow jurors to keep a distance from one another. Exceeding the city’s recommendation, no more than 200 jurors shall occupy the jury assembly rooms in either the Stout Center or City Hall until further notice.
2. The courts have increased the sanitizing efforts at these facilities. Surface areas in the jury room and court rooms will be sanitized once a day or more.