Among the many places now closed across the Lehigh Valley to help stop the spread of the coronavirus: The courts

Written by on March 23, 2020

Among the many places now closed across the Lehigh Valley to help stop the spread of the coronavirus: The courts

Tyler Pratt

March 23, 2020

The Courts are among the many places now closed across the Lehigh Valley to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some people are still able to get in for certain cases, both civil and criminal, but as WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, others won’t be able to.

Twenty-five-year-old Milly De Jesus was turned away from the Lehigh County Courthouse on Friday. She was hoping to get an extension to her marriage license with her fiance, who is from the Dominican Republic. However, their plans to get married were upended when news hit about the spread of the coronavirus.

“So I’m going to look for a priest now. If that’s possible. To see if he could marry us. If not his deadline is May 8th. And then he gets sent back,” said De Jesus.

Kerry Turtzois is District Court Administrator for Lehigh County. He explained the new rules Friday.

“On the criminal side, it would be a preliminary arraignment and setting bail on someone who is arrested. On the civil family side, it’s filing for a temporary PFA,” said Turtzois.


PFA stands for protection from abuse. The court is also allowing people in who need temporary guardianship and emergency child custody.

The court’s website states that many services have been moved online to help prevent the spread of the virus. Getting a marriage license is one of them.  Getting an extension isn’t listed. 

However, it’s no longer an issue for De Jesus. She says they got married by a priest in a small ceremony on Sunday. 


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