Delaware County Courthouse COVID-19 Procedures


Delaware County Courthouse COVID-19 Procedures

The Delaware County Courthouse is open, but it is not business as usual. During this uncertain time, there are procedures in place to minimize any risk associated with COVID-19. When you arrive, you will wait in line to be screened. The line is spaced with people standing approximately six feet apart, and you must wear a mask to enter the building.

When you reach the door, you will be greeted and your temperature will be taken with a no-contact forehead thermometer. You will be asked why you are there and will be told which courtroom you will need to report to. You will be expected to go directly to that courtroom, and if you are in the hallway, courthouse staff may ask why you are there and where you should be.

Only parties and their attorneys will be permitted in the courtroom. If witnesses are required, they must wait outside in their vehicles until they receive a phone call and are told to report to the court room. They will then go through security as indicated above.

In the courtroom, there are plexiglass dividers between the judge’s bench and the witness stand and between other court staff and the courtroom. Parties and attorneys are spaced out from one another and masks should be worn at all times. There are hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in each courtroom, and court staff is wiping down counsel tables between hearings.

While this is a difficult time, we can assist our clients in understanding the precautions that have been implemented to protect all of us in advance of court appearances to minimize any stress or uncertainty.

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About Alicia Fastman

Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Alicia graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Alicia joined LaMonaca Law in April of 2011 and is a Partner at the firm. She was selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Magazine in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019 in the areas of Family Law and Divorce and has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption and Trial in the Delaware County Daily Times. Alicia is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Delaware County Bar Associations. Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.