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*Updated: July 31, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

From Governor Wolf:

Gov. Wolf signs S.B. 841 into law to allow remote notarization (4.20.20)››

From the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania:

PA Supreme Court ceases statewide judicial emergency after June 1 (5.27.20)››

AOPC Press Release: PA Supreme Court Directs Local Courts to Restore More Operations (4.28.20)››

PA Supreme Court Extends General Statewide Judicial Emergency to June 1, allows local courts to reopen starting May 4 (4.28.20)››

PA Supreme Court Lifts Limit on Distance Learning Credits for 2020 (4.15.20)››

April CLE Compliance Deadline extended to Aug. 31, 2020 (3.19.20)››

Press Release: PA Supreme Court Closes Courts to Public Statewide (3.18.20)››

Order from Pennsylvania Supreme Court (3.18.20)››

Updates from Berks County Courts and AOPC

NEW-Family Court deadlines and filing dates to resume August 14 (7.30.20)››

Local Judicial Emergency Extended, but all Judicial Services may resume (6.30.20)››

Updated modifications to Family Court Procedures during COVID-19 (6.4.20)››

Modification #2 to Civil Court Procedures during COVID-19 (6.4.20)››

Administrative Order Extending MDJ court closures until June 30 (6.2.20)››

Supplemental Order Extending Local Judicial Emergency to June 30 (6.1.20)››

Release: Berks County to Resume Summoning Jurors for 2020(5.15.20)››

Juror FAQs during COVID-19 pandemic (5.15.20)››

Supplemental Order Extending Local Judicial Emergency to June 1 (5.14.20)››

Modifications to Family Court Procedures during COVID-19 (5.1.20)››

Modifications to Civil Court Procedures during COVID-19 (4.20.20)››

Q&A sheet about Berks County DRS Operations during COVID-19 (4.15.20)››

Modifications to Dependency Court Procedures during COVID-19 (4.9.20)››

Judge Lash Designee of Assessing Juvenile Defendant Housing (4.8.20)››

County of Berks - Required Mask Policy, effective noon, April 7 (4.6.20)››

PBA Board of Governors Endorses Remote Notarization Legislation (3.27.20)››

Public Access to Courthouse - Administrative Order (3.27.20)››

Employee Access to Courthouse - Administrative Order (3.27.20)››

Magisterial District Judge System Restrcitions Extended - Administrative Order (3.25.20)››

PFA hearings deemed Essential Services - Administrative Order (3.23.20)››

AOPC Statement in RE: to Gov. Wolf's Order (3.20.20)››

Declaration from President Judge Parisi - Judicial Emergency until April 14 (3.17.20)››

Berks County Courts - Administrative Order (3.17.20)››

Magisterial District Judge System - Administrative Order (3.18.20)››

Law Library Closure - Administrative Order (3.18.20)››

Domestic Relations Section - Closure (3.18.20)››

Orphan's Court Division - Administrative Order (3.17.20)››


Bench-Bar Conference 2020 Registration

Registration brochure for Bench-Bar Conference (fillable PDF)››

Register and pay by credit card››


***Cancellation Policy: If the Conference is cancelled or postponed due to a public health emergency declaration by the federal government, state or county, registration fees will be refunded in full. If an individual decides to cancel attendance for personal or any other reason, written notice must be provided to the Berks County Bar Association by 4 PM on Monday, August 17 in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations made by individuals after August 17 will be subject to a $40 administrative fee.***

Looking for a Lawyer?

Have you just been served with a complaint seeking to foreclose on your home or to change the child custody arrangement or to evict you from your apartment?  Or are you considering bankruptcy?

You need to consult with an attorney.  Our members are skilled attorneys who can fight for your rights, draft valid legal documents and stand by you in the courtroom.  Don’t be misled by television ads for online legal forms.  Notaries and petition preparers cannot give legal advice or accompany you to court.  And “do-it-yourself” law is a fast lane to disaster.   Our members know Pennsylvania law, are available for personal consultations and are accountable to you. 

If you feel overwhelmed looking for the attorney right for you, go here for more information on what the Berks County Bar Association can do for you.

Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues

The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing.  Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.

Read More› for a description of the program.

The program is also explained on a recent "Ask a Lawyer" television show. Go here to view the program. As of July 16, 216 cases have requested to participate. Go here for a detailed update.