Luzerne County COVID-19 Response
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Luzerne County COVID-19 Crisis Management Team can be reached at CMT@LuzerneCounty.org

General Announcements                                                                     
Luzerne County is under a State of Emergency.

In an effort to keep ahead of the spread of COVID-19 in Luzerne County, a stay-at-home order has been issued by Governor Wolf and supported by the County Manager. This order will go into effect March 27, 2020 at 8pm and will stay in effect until April 6, 2020. More details

In order to protect the health and safety of the residents of Luzerne County, most County Buildings are closed to the general public.  See specific announcements on this page for availability of services.  Single point of entry for all visitors to the Courthouse will be at the Accessible entrance at the rear of the Courthouse.

E-recording, e-filing, and mail are the preferred methods of doing business with the County and the most convenient/safest for all involved with limited exceptions.

General Precautions to Prevent the Transmission of Coronavirus      
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice social distancing - 6 feet.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve. If wearing short sleeves, cover your cough sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a disinfectant wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

County Council                                                                                   
Council meetings have been suspended through April 19th.

Treasurer                                                                                              
Preferred method of payment is by U.S. Mail or online.

Gun Permits                                                                                            
No gun permit application processing will occur until March 30th, or until further notice is given. Please do not come to the court house to apply for a gun permit during this period. YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY. As a reminder, The Uniform Firearms Act Section 6106(b)(12), provides for a 6 month “grace period” for individuals whose license has expired and are otherwise eligible for renewal of their license. We acknowledge the inconvenience this temporary policy presents and appreciate your continued cooperation. 

Courts / Hearings /Trials                                                                        
The Judiciary has moved to a modified Schedule.
All juries have been cancelled through March 31st.
All non-incarcerated preliminary hearings have been cancelled though March 31st.
Only litigants will be granted entry to the Courthouse.

On March 17th the Court ordered various postponements effective through April 14th. Emergency Order

Landlord/Tenant and eviction proceedings have been postponed through April 14th. Luzerne County Courts Emergency Order Addendum

All Family Court motions will be held on Thursdays from 9:30am to 11:30 am at the Bernard C. Brominski Building effective March 23rd through April 14th. Luzerne County Courts Emergency Order 2nd Addendum

The Brominski Bldg will be closed for all other court proceedings through April 14th. Luzerne County Courts Emergency Order 3rd Addendum

The Sheriff Sale scheduled for April 3, 2020 is continued generally to a future date to be determined. Notice shall be given to the Times Leader, Citizen’s Voice, and posted in the Luzerne County Courthouse. April 2020 Sheriff Sale Motion and Order

Motions Court is suspended until April 14th.  Only emergency motions will be entertained.  Litigants/Counsel are directed to contact Court Administration at 570-825-1655 to fax or email emergency motions to be reviewed by a Judge to determine if the motion will be addressed. Luzerne County Courts Emergency Order 4th Addendum

The Court is suspending weekend sentences to be served at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for a period of 30 days. Luzerne County Courts Emergency Order 5th Addendum 

Public Defender                                                                                         
Until further notice, applications for the Public Defender will no longer be taken in person or by appointment. Applications can be mailed in, faxed or emailed. The mailing address is 20 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 235, Wilkes Barre, PA. 18701-3509. Fax number is 570-825 1846. Email applications can be found on the link below online.

Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding court dates for non incarcerated persons, the public is encouraged to use this Unified Judicial System search link to determine dates upon which cases are or might be scheduled.
https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/CaseInformation.aspx

Probation                                                                                                    
All Divisions of Probations Services (Adult, Juvenile, Court Collections & Specialty Courts Supervision Services) are fully operational but closed to the public until further notice. All regular office activities or in-person monthly reporting are suspended until further notice. There are also no group classes scheduled until further notice (including AHSS, Victim Impact Panel, Recovery Skills, etc.). Those subject to supervision are to contact their Probation Officer directly by PHONE. To reach Adult Probation’s main # dial 570-825-1724. To reach Juvenile Probation’s main # dial 570-825-1552. All Court Collections Payments may only be made by mail (personal check or money order), or online at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ePay/Default.aspx. To leave a message for Court Collections dial 570-408-8175.

Pittston Magistrate Office                                                                          
Pittston City Hall is a RESTRICTED AREA to the General Public. District Court is operational, however, we are kindly requesting that you abide by the Emergency Declaration of the Pittston City Mayor and conduct business with the Court remotely. Therefore, it is not advised that you come to District Court in person to conduct business.  You can make payments by calling 1-844-400-8880 or online at www.ujsportal.pacourts.us or by U.S. mail. Please do not leave any payments unattended at this building. Payment plans may be adjusted per request due to this emergency situation.  You may contact this office via telephone at 570-655-0552 and we will help to facilitate any requests, at any time during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM.


911                                                                                                  
The 911 Center asks that you dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies only. Please do not call for information about Coronavirus, etc. Please see this press release.

Protection From Abuse                                                                
PFAs will be accepted on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse in normal course of business at all times.

Domestic Relations                                                                         
For information, including options for online payments, filings, and other support related questions, please go to www.childsupport.state.pa.us and click the appropriate tab on the home page related to your question.

Human Service Agencies                                                               
Human Services will continue to operate until further notice from the State. No walk ins are being accepted at this time. No public meetings at this time. The public must call the appropriate agency to make an appointment. 

Area Agency on Aging                                                                  
Senior Centers are closed

Elections                                                                                            
County Administration is encouraging the use of No Excuse Mail in Ballots.

Jury Duty                                                                                           
All juries have been cancelled through April 13th.  Additional information is available on the Jury page.

Marriage Licenses                                                                            
Issuing of marriage licenses has been suspended at this time.

If your wedding ceremony/reception is cancelled due to the COVID-19 closures and your marriage license expires:  Within 60 days of your new wedding date, bring your expired license and photo ID to the Register of Wills Office; Inform the clerk at the front desk that your marriage/wedding date was cancelled as a result of the shutdown. The Office will issue a new license with a new expiration date at no extra charge. Please do not request a new license until you already have a new date set and confirmed. Should you have any questions, please call 570-825-1672.

Certified copies of marriage licenses may be requested by calling 570-825-1800 or 570-825-1670.  Certified copies of divorce decrees may be requested by calling 570-825-1712 or 570-825-1747.  Requests may also be mailed. Exact payment is due with the mailed request: $25.00 each for marriage licenses; $8.50 + 0.50/page for divorce decrees.

Notary Public Commissions                                                                 
Suspended at this time. The state has waived the expiration date to the next business date the County is open to the public. 

Probates                                                                                                  
All probates will be done through Skype by appointment. The only exception are pro se filers. Documents will be mailed, no pickups. Appointments can be made by calling the office at 570-825- 1672, 570-825-1646 or 570-825-1670.

Record Requests / Title Searches                                                            
All searches must be performed online.  Files and recordings that are not available online may be ordered by calling the Records Center at 570-825-1862, e-mailing Edward.Kovalski@LuzerneCounty.org, or by calling the individual offices: Recorder of Deeds at 570-825-1646 or 570-825-3974; Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts at 570-825-1712 or 570-825-1751.

Assessment Office                                                                                      
Online or mail only.

Planning and Zoning                                                                                   
Public Access to Planning and Zoning will be by appointment only.

Zoning Permits Mondays and Fridays, - 8 am to 3 pm
Call for Zoning permits appointments- 570-825-1589

Subdivision/Land Development Plans - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 am to 3 pm
Call for Planning appointments - 570-825-1565

Any other general inquiries can call the department number, 570-825-1560.

GIS\Mapping_________________________________________________
The Mapping Department is closed to the public until further notice. Mapping requests can be submitted by mail, phone, or email. Requests can also be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Department on the ground floor of the courthouse.

Department of Corrections (Prison)                                                            
All social visitation has been suspended.
Professional visitation is being conducted through the no-contact visitation room and attorneys are advised that no recording or monitoring of visits are being conducted.
Volunteer programs have been suspended.
The inmate commissary limit has been increased to $150.00 per week

Building and Grounds                                                                                   
Custodial staff is disinfecting all buildings daily. 

Visitors Bureau                                                                                              
Closed to the public

Veterans Affairs                                                                                             
Closed to the public

Recycling                                                                                                       
Closed to the public