The Delaware County Government Center will be closed to the public on Monday, March 16.
Government Center offices will operate with a reduced and staggered staff to ensure the continuity of government, however the offices will not be open to the public. Residents can call government offices on March 16 but are not able to access the building.
The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas will be suspending all judicial operations on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17. A Common Pleas Court Judge will be available at the County Courthouse during regular business hours to hear temporary protection from abuse applications on March 16 and March 17. The Delaware County Magisterial Courts will be available, but only to conduct preliminary criminal arraignments and review afterhours temporary protection from abuse requests.
On March 16, 2020 President Judge Kevin F. Kelly relatedly intends to file with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court an application under the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration seeking authorization to declare a judicial emergency, which if allowed will access various additional authorities to further address this public health crisis and the court’s ability to continue to provide critically essential judicial services.
More details about the operations of the Delaware County Government Center, the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts will be released in the following days.