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In an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, The Lehigh County Court house and MDJ Offices are currently CLOSED to the PUBLIC, with a few exceptions.

More information is available on the Coronavirus Information Page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Important Court Information

The Lehigh County Courthouse and Magisterial District Courts are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC through May 1, 2020 with a few exceptions.

  • Entrance into the courthouse will ONLY be permitted for those individuals:
    • Posting Bail
    • Filing for a Temporary PFA
    • Attending a Final PFA Hearing
    • Filing an Emergency Petition for Child Custody or Guardianship
  • To File Emergency Civil Matters or Motions, please contact the Court Administration office at (610) 782-3014 for instructions.

Please continue to check this page for any updates.

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CANCELLED COURT INFORMATION

Judicial Emergency Order (March 17, 2020)

Amended Judicial Emergency Order (March 19, 2020)

2nd Amended Judicial Emergency Order (April 2, 2020)

April 13, 2020
Please be advised that License Suspension Appeals scheduled on April 13, 2020 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled to June 22, 2020.
DOMESTIC RELATIONS SECTION

Due to concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, the Domestic Relations Section is closed to the public through April 14, 2020. All scheduled conferences and hearings have been canceled, and will be rescheduled at a later date. For information about the child support program, or to check information about your case, please visit www.childsupport.state.pa.us Thank you.

FAMILY COURT OFFICE

Until further notice, all conferences and hearings for child custody and divorce have been cancelled.

Protection from Abuse Litigants-If you or any of your family members are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, congestion, and fever, we are asking that you notify a staff member. We are doing our best to limit everyone from unnecessary exposure to the virus including our litigants and staff.

JURY SERVICE

All jurors scheduled for April 6-7-8-13-14-15-20-21-22-27-28-29, 2020 are not required to report or call, your service is complete. If your jury service is for May 4, 2020 onward please read the following instructions: If you have flu-like symptoms or you have been told by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine, please DO NOT report for jury service. Instead, please go online and defer your jury service to a future date. You may also call the Court Administrator's Office at 610-782-3014 and ask for Juror Assistance and we will defer your jury service to a future date

JUVENILE PROBATION

We are asking our families to remain in contact with their probation officer via phone. If you or any of your family members have any flu-like symptoms (including coughing, sneezing, congestion, and fever), we would ask that you notify our office and reschedule any appointments. We are doing our best to limit everyone from unnecessary exposure to the virus including our clients and families. There will be no penalties if appointments need to be rescheduled due to illness. Your health and safety are our primary concern.

LAW LIBRARY

The Law Library will be closed to the public until further notice. We may be able to help you remotely. Please use this email link to determine if we can help you remotely by pointing you at a website or emailing or mailing a document. Our regular service fees may apply.

All books checked out will be renewed automatically. Books should NOT BE RETURNED until further notice. No additional books will be circulated until further notice.

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT COURT
Is there Electronic Payment Options for Magisterial District Court?
Yes. Rather than in person, payments may be made using the following electronic options:
  • Pennsylvania State Website: https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ Available 7 days per week and 24 hours per day.
  • Lehigh County website: lehighcountytix.com Available 7 days per week and 24 hours per day.
  • NCourt by phone: 877-793-7955 Available 7 days per week from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Please call the relevant District Court for assistance with identifying case number/case balance.

MARRIAGE LICENSE
I. APPLICATION PRODEDURE:
NOTE: During the closure of the courthouse to the public we are operating with limited staff. Accordingly, the following application procedure is currently available to Lehigh County residents only. Residents of other counties should contact the Orphans' Court of their home counties.
  1. If you have a confirmed wedding date and officiant during the months of April and May, 2020, as the initial step in the marriage license application process:
    1. complete the Marriage License Application Form by providing all information for both Applicants and:
      • submit the Application electronically by attaching it to an email to marriagelicense@lehighcounty.org. Include in the email:
        1. a telephone number where one of applicants can be contacted;
        2. the date of your scheduled wedding
        3. the name, title and phone number of the person who will be performing your wedding;
        4. legible copy of current photo ID for both applicants; and
        5. legible copies of divorce decree or death certificate most recent former spouse of either applicant

      OR

    2. Print, complete and sign the Marriage License Application Form, or by calling 610-782-3172 to request that Application Form be mailed to you, and add the following information to the bottom of the Application:
      1. a telephone number (and email address if possible), where one of the applicants can be contacted;
      2. the confirmed date of your wedding, and
      3. the name, and title and phone number of the person who will be performing your wedding
    3. Mail the completed and signed Application and all of the following:
      1. legible copy of current photo ID for both applicants
      2. legible copies of divorce decree or death certificate for the most recent former spouse of either applicant
      3. TO:
        Lehigh County Marriage License Office
        Room 123 - Lehigh County Courthouse
        Allentown PA 18101

  2. B. Applicants will be notified by separate email or telephone call: (i) whether they may be eligible for the in-person interview portion of the application process to be by video conference during the closure of the Courthouse; and (ii) provided with further instructions.
II. RE-APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Applicants who have been unable to utilize a marriage license issued by the Lehigh County Marriage License Office before its expiration date because of COVID-19 restrictions, are eligible to re-apply for a marriage license one time without payment of an application fee or re-supplying any supporting documentation. When the Courthouse re-opens to the public, both applicants must appear together to re-apply and bring with them their expired marriage license and a completed Petition For Expedited Reapplication For Marriage License Please do not re-apply until you have a confirmed wedding date and officiant.

III. RETURN OF DUPLICATE CERTIFICATES

During the closure of the Courthouse, the Duplicate Certificate completed by the officiant (bottom portion of marriage license) must be returned to the Marriage License Office by mail to Marriage License Office, Lehigh County Courthouse 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101. Certified copies that you pre-ordered at the time of application will be mailed to you upon receipt and recording of the completed Duplicate Certificate.

IV. CERTIFIED COPIES
  1. Complete the Order Form and Submit to marriagelicense@lehighcounty.org AND
    • Include a telephone number where you can be contacted to supply a credit card number (VISA, MasterCard, Discover). The cost is $10/certified copy and, if you choose to have it mailed to you by priority mail, there is an additional charge of $7.75.

    OR

  2. Complete print and MAIL the Order Form to the Marriage License Office, Clerk of Orphans' Court, Lehigh County Courthouse-Room 123, 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101 with both of the following:
    • a money order payable to the Marriage License Office in the amount of $10/certified copy, plus 7.75 for priority mail;
    • OR

    • a money order payable to the Marriage License Office in the amount of $10/certified copy AND a stamped self-addressed envelope in which the certified copy will be returned you by regular mail.
ORPHANS' COURT

In accordance with the March 18, 2020 Order issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ALL non-essential court operations are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC through April 3, 2020. Please visit this website for updated information specific to Coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to court procedures, including marriage license applications.

Because the only Orphans' Court matters that are being scheduled during the next two weeks are Emergency Guardianship and "Children's Fast Track" matters, this office may not be staffed during all normal business hours M-F, though the mail and voice mail messages will be checked. Attorneys wishing to file non-emergency pleadings are urged to do so by mail, or, to call for times when staff will be in the office.

Regarding appeals from final TPR decrees or Emergency Guardianship petitions, please e-mail Orphans' Court Counsel Janet Thwaites, Esq AND the Clerk of the Orphans' Court Wendy A. W. Parr for instructions. Include a case number (re TPR appeals) and concise description of the nature of emergent need for appointment of a guardian, and a telephone number where you can be reached.

Thank you for your cooperation. Stay safe.

PROTECTION FROM ABUSE
Indirect Criminal Complaint

An Indirect Criminal Complaint is filed when a Plaintiff in a Protection from Abuse case is alleging the Defendant has violated one or more of conditions placed on the Defendant in a Temporary or Final Protection From Abuse Order.

  • You must complete ALL of the following forms in order and save each form to a location on your computer. You will need to then EMAIL or FAX your documents to the Family Court Office. Failure to complete and EMAIL or FAX ALL the forms may result in your petition not being processed.
  • Send Completed Forms
    • Attach each completed form and EMAIL them to FamilyCourtOffice@Lehighcounty.org

    • OR

    • Fax each completed form to (610) 782-3866

Once the Family Court Office has received the documents, a Rule to Show Cause will be prepared and taken to the Motions Judge during a PFA session at either 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Once the Indirect Criminal Contempt petition is ruled on, it will be filed with the Clerk of Judicial Records Office and the Plaintiff will be notified.

If the Rule to Show Cause is signed by the Judge, both parties will be ordered to appear in court at later date determined by the Court.

Judicial Emergency Order (March 17, 2020)

Amended Judicial Emergency Order (March 19, 2020)

2nd Amended Judicial Emergency Order (April 2, 2020)

31st Judicial District Declaration of Judicial Emergency (March 16, 2020)

31st Judicial District Declaration of Judicial Emergency (April 2, 2020)

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