Philadelphia Resumed In-Person Jury Trials

March 2021

On March 2, 2021, Philadelphia announced its plans to restart in-person civil jury trials, making it the largest jurisdiction to resume trials in 2021. The attached PowerPoint was presented by Civil Division Supervising Judge Daniel J. Anders, and includes information about what courtrooms will look like in the COVID-19 era, precautions and safety measures, priority of cases, the wearing of masks, and how jury selection will be conducted, among other topics. Also attached is the Civil Trial Division Protocols and Guidelines for Conducting In-Person Civil Jury Trials in City Hall During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which are posted on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas’ Website.