Tuesday, December 01, 2020

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Lycoming County Courts’ Operations During COVID-19

The Lycoming County Courts are working thoroughly and carefully to ensure the Courts are open and accessible in a safe and fair method during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lycoming County Courts have developed the following frequently asked questions and answers and helpful tips about the Courts’ operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, please find instructions and helpful information for individuals entering the Lycoming County Courthouse.

We are continually updating this webpage. If you have a question that is not answered on this website, please contact the appropriate office directly.

This webpage addresses questions for the following offices:

Click on any link to directly access that office's information. 

Thank you for your patience during this time.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS ENTERING THE LYCOMING COUNTY COURTHOUSE

  • All courthouse visitors are required to wear a face mask or covering when entering the building. Visitors are required to keep their face mask or covering on at all times, especially in common areas and courtrooms.
  • All individuals entering the courthouse will be temperature screened and those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be denied entry.  Any individual with a scheduled court event who is denied entry shall contact the respective Court office via telephone as soon as possible for further instruction. 
  • Restrict your visit to the courtroom you have a Court event in or the office you have a meeting or business in. Once your Court event, meeting, and/or business is complete, please exit the Courthouse immediately.
  • Do not bring unnecessary individuals with you to your Court event. Individuals may not be granted access to the Courtrooms, if they are not identified as an essential party.
  • While in the Courthouse, continue to practice social distancing – please keep as much distance as possible between you and other individuals.
  • Be sure to use the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building and outside of the courtrooms.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the courtrooms.
  • Call your respective office ahead of time with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • The Lycoming County Court schedule is available online at http://courtscheduling.lyco.org/.
  • Additional individual case information, Guardianship information, and online paying options can be found at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ .
  • Be patient with us – the Lycoming County Courts’ policies and procedures are developing with the current situation and with safety procedures from the Center for Disease Control and PA Department of Health guidelines.
 

Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas

 

Is the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas open?

Yes, The Courts are open to the public with safety provisions put into place.

In-person court proceedings and in-person access to proceedings will be limited. To the extent possible, the Courts will conduct proceedings utilizing advanced communication technology to limit in-person contact. Generally, only necessary participants will be allowed entry to courtrooms and hearing rooms. Court users are encouraged to utilize the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the Courthouse along with practicing social distancing.

Is the Lycoming County Courthouse open?

Yes.  The Lycoming County Courthouse is open to the public. Appointments are encouraged. To protect employees and Courthouse users, individual office operations may be adjusted due to COVID-19. Please contact the appropriate office for more information.  

What safety measure have been implemented in the Court of Common Pleas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

All Court visitors and employees are encouraged to wear a face mask or covering.

The Lycoming County Courts are carefully and methodically looking at the Court schedule and conducting as many proceedings as possible utilizing advanced communication technology in order to limit person-to –person contact. For those proceedings that cannot be conducted by advanced communication technology, start times will be staggered and the time between proceedings will be increased to minimize person-to-person contact and limit large numbers of people gathering in the Courthouse. 

Furthermore, Lycoming County is cleaning and disinfecting courtrooms and high-touch surfaces nightly and regularly throughout the day. In addition, several hand-sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the Courthouse and outside of courtrooms.

When is my case scheduled for?

Please contact your attorney for an update on your individual case. Please be advised the Lycoming County Court schedule is available online at http://courtscheduling.lyco.org/. Additional individual case information, Guardianship, and online paying options can be found at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/.

Can I schedule my case by advanced communication technology?

Please contact your attorney to discuss further. If you are a pro se litigant, someone who is representing themselves in their legal proceeding, please contact Court Scheduling at 570-327-2417, to discuss further.

What should I do about my case if I test positive for COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms?

If you have been diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the appropriate Judge’s office and explain your situation for more information.  Judges' contact info found here: https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Judges-of-the-Court-of-Common-Pleas 

Have jury selection and jury trials resumed?

Yes, the Lycoming County Court of Common Peas have resumed in-person jury selection and jury trials. Jury selection and jury trials are among the most important work of the court. With that, we take the health and safety of jurors very seriously.

Please know we are making every effort to comply with CDC guidelines as well as state and local recommendations; and we will put precautions in place to ensure juror safety and security while they serve.

If you have received a juror summons letter and have questions, please visit our Jury webpage at  http://www.lyco.org/Jury, or call the Office of the District Court Administrator at (570) 327-2330.

Can I file my Court documents?

Yes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with either filing office, please contact the Lycoming County Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts at (570) 327-2251, or the Lycoming County Register and Recorder 570-327-2263.
It is strongly encouraged that documents be filed via U. S. mail with the offices of the Lycoming County Prothonotary/Clerk of Court or Register and Recorder. The document and filing fee (check or money order only) must be in a closed envelope addressed to the appropriate filing office and a self-addressed, prepaid envelope must be enclosed for the return of a receipt for payment of filing fees and time-stamped copy of the document. If proper payment is not included, the document will be returned to the sender unfiled.
 

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Lycoming County Magisterial District Courts

 

Are the Lycoming County Magisterial District Courts open?

Yes. All six of the Lycoming County Magisterial District Court offices are open to the public.  

In-person court proceedings and in-person access to proceedings will be limited. To the extent possible, the Courts will conduct proceedings utilizing advanced communication technology to limit in-person contact. Generally, only necessary participants will be allowed entry to courtrooms and hearing rooms. Court users are encouraged to utilize the hand sanitizing stations located in the offices along with practicing social distancing.

Do I have to wear a face mask or covering when I visit the Magisterial District Court offices?

All visitors to the Magisterial District Court offices are required to wear a face mask or covering at all time. Please call the applicable Magisterial District court office for more information.
 
Do I have to pay my fine or fee during this time?

Yes. It is strongly encouraged that payments for fines, costs, and restitution be made U.S. mail or online at  https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PayOnline.aspx.

Can I file documents at the Magisterial District Court offices?

Yes. It is strongly encouraged that documents be filed with the Magisterial District Courts via U. S.  mail to the applicable Magisterial District court office.

When is my case scheduled for?

Please contact your attorney for an update on your individual case. Additional individual case information and online paying options can be found at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/. For more information, please contact the individual MDJ Court office directly.

To find your individual MDJ contact info, please click here https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Magisterial-District-Judges

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Law Library

 

Is the Law Library open?

Yes, but appointments are encouraged. The Law Library is open from 10:00am-4:00pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Tuesday hours are 9:00am-3:00pm.  Closed Thursdays.  You can call the Law Library at (570) 327-2289 to make an appointment before coming into the Law Library.

Before Coming into the Law Library, Please Know...

  • Only one person per appointment will be permitted - unnecessary individuals will not be permitted to wait in the Law Library.
  • Do not bring your children, if at all possible.
  • If you must bring your children, they are required to wear a facemask or covering at all times and practice social distancing - if not, you will be asked to leave the Law Library.
  • You must wear a facemask or covering at all times while in the Law Library.
  • You are required to practice social distancing while interacting with Law Library employees.
  • Stay home, if you are sick - do not come into the Law Library.

If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney. You can find an attorney in Lycoming County at https://www.lycolaw.org/lawyer-search.

You can access Lycoming County Court forms at http://www.lyco.org/Courts/LawLibraryForms. Additional forms can be found on the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts’ webpage at http://www.lyco.org/Elected-Officials/Prothonotary-Clerk-of-Courts/Forms or the Register and Recorder’s webpage at http://www.lyco.org/Elected-Officials/Register-and-Recorders-Office.

For more information or to print forms/packets such as Custody and Divorce, please click here https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Self-Help-Law-Library

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Juvenile Probation Office (JPO)

 

When will in-person hearings start again?

Starting June 8, 2020, the Juvenile Probation office is planning to resume in-person hearings.  As always, the Juvenile Probation office will mail a court notice requiring your attendance.  Accordingly, the Court will only allow parent/guardian, youth and collateral agency staff to attend our hearings.  Siblings, relatives, and friends are not permitted to attend hearings. Be sure to wear a face mask or covering and practice social distancing while attending your hearing.

Should I come into the Juvenile Probation Office for my scheduled meeting/appointment?

Unless directed otherwise, no visitors will be seen in the Juvenile Probation office.  All contacts will occur in the community or at the youth’s home.  A final decision will be made on or about June 28, 2020 whether the public can visit the Juvenile Probation Office.

Who do I contact if I still have questions?

Questions about any protocols, hearings and/or anything in general can be forwarded to Chief Dave Goodwin at 570-327-2408, dgoodwin@lyco.org or Deputy Chief Matt Minnier at 570-327-2408, mminnier@lyco.org.

For more information, please click here https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Juvenile-Probation 

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Adult Probation Office (APO)

 

General terms and conditions will need to be signed and submitted when guilty plea colloquy is filled out prior to sentencing. 

CLICK ON “Lycoming County Adult Probation General Conditions

Where can I submit my signed “Lycoming County Adult Probation General Conditions”? 

You can submit this at APO@lyco.org.

CRN evaluations must be scheduled by calling West Branch Drug and Alcohol at (570)323-8543.

CLICK ON “DUI Assessment / CRN Evaluation West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission”

Do I have to pay my fine or fee during the Covid-19 Quarantine?

Yes.  You are still responsible for all costs and fines during the Covid-19 Quarantine.  Cost and Fine Payments should be made via US mail or UJS portal link at :  ujsportal.pacourts.us

​Should I come into the Adult Probation Office for my appointment?

No, there are no approved unscheduled visits to the Adult Probation Office. You must have approval first.  For more information, please contact your Probation Officer directly.  Probation Officer contact info is found here: https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Adult-Probation

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Domestic Relations Section  

 

Do I report to the Courthouse for my conference?

Please refer to the notice you received for your conference.  Most conferences are being conducted telephonically.    The only exception to this would be if in-person paternity testing is required.  The notice you received in the mail will advise you if this is the case.

If I need to report to the Domestic Relations Office or to Court for my Domestic Relations issue, what do I need to know before I leave my home?

Only the parties will be admitted to the Courthouse, the Domestic Relations Office, or the Courtroom.  Please do not bring your child(children) to the Courthouse.  The only exception to this would be if your child(children) must be present for paternity testing purposes.  Please refer to your notice, it will advise if your child(children) must be present.

Am I required to come to Court if I receive service to appear?

Yes.  If you receive service of process either by mail or in person, you are required to attend the hearing.  If you would like to call and verify your attendance, please call our office at 570-372-2395. If you are ill, please call our office to report your illness and request a continuance for the hearing.  The Court may require you to provide medical documentation of your illness.

Am I required to appear at the Domestic Relations Office to file a complaint for Child Support, Spousal Support, Alimony Pendente Lite or a Petition to Modify?

No.  You may file for Child Support and/or Spousal Support online at https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/csws. Simply click “Request Support Services” to begin your E-Services request.  Please note that you must be a registered user.  If you are not a registered user at this time, registration is a simple process Alimony Pendente Lite petitions can be filed via speaking with one of our Intake Clerks by calling the Domestic Relations Office at 570-327-2395, and requesting to speak with an Intake Clerk.  The Intake Clerk will assist you. Please note that we strongly encourage you to file on-line at this time for your personal safety during this public health crisis.

How can I submit paperwork that my Officer has requested without going into the Domestic Relations Office?     

You may continue to mail any requested paperwork or documents by USPS or email at CSLycoming@pacses.com.

What steps do I need to take if I need to appear at the Domestic Relations Office?

Please wear a face mask or covering. No one will be permitted entrance to our Office without a face mask or covering.  Any staff member with whom you will have interaction will also be wearing a face mask or covering for your protection as well. Do not bring any unnecessary persons with you.  If you appear with your child/children AND their presence is not required for your meeting/conference, you will be asked to leave and return without your child/ children.  This is for everyone’s protection. If you are unsure whether you need to physically appear at the Domestic Relations Office, please call first to confirm whether your presence is required.  570-327-2395

How can I make a payment for my Child Support or Spousal Support case?

You may make a payment in the following ways:  https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Domestic-Relations/Payor-Options. If you are making a Purge Payment, please do NOT send your payment to PA SCDU as it likely will not be received in time in Lycoming County to meet your deadline.  Also, if you are paying online via any other method than the one listed in the link above, please provide a screensnip or screenshot of that payment to your Domestic Relations Officer as the DRO will not receive payment confirmation from those online providers, and some may delay payment to the DRO as much as 14 days.

Once the Courthouse reopens to the public, we will begin to accept payments at our window in the reception area.  Please make sure that you bring payment in the form of check or money order and that you have valid photo identification with you when you arrive.

For more information, please click here https://www.lyco.org/Courts/Domestic-Relations 

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Lycoming County Resources

 

I am struggling with suicide, who can I talk to?

Lycoming-Clinton MHID Office 24 hours a day:

 Lycoming County       (570)326-7895

 Clinton County           (570)748-2262

 Toll Free                     (800)525-7938

Pennsylvania Hotline:

DHS Center for Community Resources 24 hr. Crisis Intervention Hotline

1(855)284-2494  TTY 1(724)631-5600

National Hotline:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1(800)273-Talk(8255)

Or Text the National Hotline:

Crisis Text Line

Text “PA” or “HELP” or “HELLO” to 741741

Other resources include:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA)

Disaster Distress Line

Toll free 1(800)985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

Optum Public Crisis Line

(866)342-6892

Veterans Crisis Line

1(800)273-8255  Press 1

Preventing Suicide in PA (http://preventingsuicidepa.org/)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://www.crisistextline.org)

I am struggling with addiction issues or a loved one is struggling with addiction issues, who can I talk to?

Please call West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission at 888-941-2721, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Or go online at https://wbdrugandalcohol.org/

I am a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, who can I talk to?

If you need help, please call 1-800-326-8483 or 570-323-8167. Wise Options provides free and confidential services 24-hours a day, seven days a week. They may be able to provide you with emergency shelter, legal services and counseling.

I want to report suspected child abuse, who do I call?

Please call Lycoming County Children and Youth Services at 570-326-7895 or the Statewide Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-932-0313, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse. 

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