Governor Wolf’s Business Shut Down Order Now Modified for Lawyers

Governor Wolf’s Business Shut Down Order Now Modified for Lawyers
(Clearifying that Lawfirms Continue Operations for all Non in Person Mandates, In Accord with State and Federal Court Directives)

As of our clients are well aware, since 2011, vast majority of civil litigation has been done online and remotely in any event. Most cases are initiated and concluded with much success, without ever having met in person, without a Court visit, without us even having met the opposing counsel who sent over the settlement finds. During this period the firm operations are remotely fully open and the Attorneys remain be available for contact and working on new and existing matters electronically and remotely. When times are tough as they are now, fighting for justice only becomes more. More from the authorities below.

Dear Clients,
When Governor Wolf (March 19) issued the late-afternoon business shut down Order including attorneys, early in the morning of March 20, I sent a letter to Governor Wolf attaching the March 18, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order and, also sent it to the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), requesting an exception for “constitutionally mandated services.” I am pleased to report the effect of that order has been modified permitting lawyers to perform essential functions as directed by the President Judges of the various Pennsylvania Counties. Thereafter, I sought further clarification/modification to include federal matters, as our federal courts remain open subject to their Chief Judges’ respective cautionary and protective measures. The effect of the order has also been further modified to include federal matters in accordance with the directives of the federal courts. The expanded federal guidance from the AOPC provides:

“Except as required to allow attorneys to participate in court functions deemed essential by a president judge per the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order of March 18, 2020, or similar federal court directive, and lawyers may access their offices to effectuate such functions and directives.”

The original issued guidance of the AOPC which was approved by the Governor states:

“In the view of AOPC, restricted access to law offices and facilities by legal professionals, staff, and clients is permitted to the degree necessary to allow attorneys to participate in court functions deemed essential by a President Judge per the Supreme Court’s order of March 18, 2020, so long as social distancing and other mitigation measures are employed for the protection of lawyers, staff, and clients. Pursuant to the Governor’s order, all other business must be conducted remotely; necessary retrieval of files or other materials should be accomplished expeditiously.”

The Legal Intelligencer also published an article online on March 20 (pre-federal modification) entitled:

Pa. Office of Counsel’s AOPC Guidance Saying Law Offices May Stay Open on Restricted Basis.

Yours Truly
Predrag Filipovic, Esquire.

Court Published Oral Arguments Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals

Rules of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit mandate as follows:

If, after oral argument, and considering the views of counsel or the public if any, the panel of  Federal Judges unanimously agrees that an oral argument presents issues of significant interest to the Public, the Bar, or the Academic Community, the panel will direct that a Video recording of the argument be posted for public viewing on the court’s internet website. See Rule 2.6.4.

Consequently, in the 2017 and 2018, High Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,  Ordered to post TWO (2) of Attorney Filipovic’s Oral Arguments in two separate civil matters, (FDCPA (suing debt collectors), and original creditor), and an alleged copyright infringer). Both were deemed to be of significant interest and important to the Public, the Bar and the Academic Community. No other attorney in Philadelphia region can say the same.

For more information and a video link of the arguments directly from Court’s website please click below.

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Yours Truly,
Predrag Filipovic, Esquire
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