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Judicial Emergency is Ending | What Does it Mean? | Legal Advice

The Law & You
May 28, 2020

The Law and You

Judicial Emergency is Ending | What Does it Mean? | Legal Advice

Haley Bianco: It’s time now for “The Law & You.” Joining us from their homes we have attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Great to see you both!

Ed Ciarimboli: Well hopefully not from home much longer.

Haley: I know. I don’t know when we can get you back in the studio but hopefully, it’s days or weeks, not months. We’re excited to get back to regular schedules and everything like that. We’re glad you’re still helping us remotely and answering our viewer questions like this one from Carey in Wilke-Barre. Carey says “What does it mean that the judicial emergency is ending because I have a case that was supposed to be heard last month?”

Ed: I’m gonna let Greg handle this entire question because there’s nobody whose more in-depth at reading the Supreme Courts’ orders and everything that’s going on. He loves charts, graphs,  and you know, statistics. So I’m gonna let him take this whole one and just sit back and watch the show.     

Greg Fellerman: Thank you. Well, the good news is the judicial emergency has been officially ended and so basically what the Supreme Court is basically saying is that they’re lifting their orders and they’re going to let the President judges make their own decisions. So what that means is in Luzerne County, for example, Mike Vogue whos a current President Judge will determine what will happen. He has issued some statements. Obviously their biggest issue is going to get your criminal trials heard because they have the most push back with the deadlines. The civil cases, I would assume get pushed back a little further. So everything is going to get bottlenecked. They’re going to try to clear the bottleneck and what they’re going to be doing is trying to find different ways to get the jury trials going. They’re going to be doing hearings, limiting the amount of people that can come into the courthouse at a time. You know, custody, criminal, they’re really trying to follow social distancing. So what this means though, it means the courts are back to work which is good news because really we should never let the wheels of the justice system stop moving so I think this is a great learning experience for people, the attorneys, and the courts so we can better prepare to prevent this type of shutdown. Obviously we had to do this because of safety but with technology that is out their today, I believe we are going to be able to do a much better job with the courts embracing technology so people can keep their legal matters moving because believe it or not, it’s pretty essential.

Haley: Alright Greg and Ed, thank you so much for your time.

Ed: This is how you clap on Zoom!

Haley: Head online for more information. Just go to PAHomepage.com   

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