PLEASE NOTE: The Huntingdon County Court system is fully staffed and operational, and continues to operate pursuant to an Extended Declaration of Judicial Emergency (see link above) which will remain in effect until August 31, 2020. The first floor of the Courthouse is now open for public access, and the Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court are accepting filings in-person, as well as remotely via e-mail. The second floor of the Courthouse (the Court of Common Pleas) will reopen for public access July 1st, and Court Administration will schedule proceedings using a mix of in-person and remote formats, per the Court’s June 19, 2020, Omnibus Administrative Order (see link above). Public access to the Magisterial District Courts will likewise resume July 1st, but will be limited to lobbies and waiting areas for the making of filings and payments. All Magisterial District Court proceedings will continue to be held remotely, unless previously approved by the President Judge.
For more information regarding special procedures during the judicial emergency please refer to the Omnibus Administrative Order, or contact court staff via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 814-643-5078. The full scope of Administrative Orders regarding the judicial emergency is also included in the links above. Be advised that any or all of the Administrative Orders may be amended at any time as circumstances change.
Jury Trials: Jury selection is scheduled to occur on August 3, 2020, at the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts at Juniata College. Jury trials will occur in-person in August and September at the Huntingdon County Courthouse. Citizens selected for jury duty will receive the necessary information along with their jury summons.
Public Access to Court Proceedings: Public access to proceedings conducted in-person (e.g., jury trials) may be limited due to the judicial emergency. The Court will endeavor to provide alternate means of access as practicable and appropriate.
Public hearings conducted by video may be viewed live at www.youtube.com/channel/UCLAYbwpQ-bPC8fYYATOR2lQ/featured. Public access to the courts is an important Constitutional right, and in an effort to enable the continued exercise of that right during the COVID-19 judicial emergency, we have developed this site. Please note that the right of access is not absolute; certain proceedings are confidential, in whole or in part, due to the nature of the parties or information involved (e.g., most cases involving minors or the disclosure of sensitive personal financial information). Proceedings may be designated confidential generally by rule, or specifically by the Court. Confidential proceedings are closed to the public, and will not be available for viewing on this site.
Non-confidential proceedings will be livestreamed here as they occur. Please note that they will not be available for replay, as they are not video recorded. All proceedings are being recorded by the Court Reporter, and transcripts may be requested as with any other proceeding. Just as with any physical courtroom in Pennsylvania, it is a crime to use any device to record (audio or video) or take photographs of the proceedings broadcast on this site, per 18 Pa. C.S. § 5103.1. Violations are punishable by a sentence of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for the first offense. All reports of recording will be investigated and, if proven, prosecuted.