Pennsylvania Encourages Tech Use to Keep Courts in Session

Governing: Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered his courtroom in late March, Lehigh County District Justice Rashid Santiago had hundreds of cases on his calendar. Landlord-tenant disputes, truancy hearings, small claims civil matters and all sorts of criminal cases.

When health officials decide it’s safe to reopen Pennsylvania’s courthouses to the public — perhaps next month, or the month after that, or even later — most of those cases will still be waiting for Santiago’s attention, along with matters filed since the pandemic began.

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