Philadelphia Courts Going “Old School” due to Computer Shutdown
Last week, we posted that the prevalence of viruses on a number of Philadelphia Court computers, and a real potential for a data breach, had prompted a complete precautionary shutdown of the Philadelphia Court network and computer system, which included efiling for active cases. As of June 4, 2019, that shutdown has lasted for two weeks.
Earlier today, WCM Partner Bob Cosgrove (acting President of the PADC) and two Philadelphia bar colleagues issued a Memorandum to the Philadelphia Bar after their meeting with Hon. Arnold New and Hon. Jacqueline Allen. The purpose of the memo is to provide guidance to Philadelphia practitioners on how the shutdown impacts filings, deadlines and attorney responsibilities. All Philadelphia practitioners should take notice, as all deadlines remain intact. In-person filing of original motions, pleadings, etc… will replace e-filing for the duration of the shutdown. Meaning, the shutdown will not be accepted as an excuse for untimely filings, per the judges’ directives.
Unfortunately, there is still no firm timeframe for the duration of the shutdown. But for now, the Court has issued its “marching orders,” and with the attached memorandum, Philadelphia attorneys are on notice. Be guided accordingly. For any questions about the meeting with the judiciary, please email Bob Cosgrove.