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NEW: 59th Judicial District JUDICIAL EMERGENCY extended to August 28, 2020 by the June 1, 2020 Administrative Order of Court entered by the Hon. Shawn T. McMahon, President Judge.

The Court of Common Pleas of the 59th Judicial District's: ZOOM Proceeding Protocol (updated), Lifesize Proceeding Protocol, Counsel Instructions for Virtual Proceedings and Helpful Tips for Virtual Proceedings. (May 11, 2020)

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Hon. Shawn T. McMahon, President Judge, issued an Administrative Order of Court that states beginning May 4, 2020, court facilities in Elk and Cameron Counties, which includes the Elk County Courthouse, Cameron County Courthouse and Office of Magisterial District Courts, shall allow general public access on a specifically defined limited basis.

President Judge McMahon’s April 30, 2020 Administrative Order of Court also extends the local judicial emergency declaration from April 30, 2020 to June 1, 2020, and requires everyone entering a court facility to wear an appropriate face mask that adequately covers their nose and mouth for the duration of their business in a court facility. (April 30, 2020)

Many proceedings may be conducted by advanced communication technology, as opposed to being done in person. This is being determined on a case-by-case basis and attorneys and litigants are encouraged to inquire with the specific court or office as to how their proceeding will be conducted.

If you need to speak to an office within the Cameron County Courthouse, please click HERE for a contact list.

If you need to speak to an office within the Elk County Courthouse, please click HERE for a contact list.

To make an online payment at a Magisterial District Court, the Elk County Probation Office or Domestic Relations Section, or the Cameron County Probation Office or Domestics Relations Section, please click HERE for links to do so.

Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
Ridgway, PA 15853
(814) 776-1161
Cameron County Courthouse
20 E. 5th Street
Emporium, PA 15834
(814) 486-2315

Judges Chambers / Court Administration
Elk and Cameron Counties
P.O. Box 416
Ridgway, PA 15853
Ph: (814) 776-6144 Fax: (814) 772-7780
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

For Cameron County Divorce Information, please call (814) 486-9327.


  Hon. Shawn T. McMahon, President Judge
Hon. Richard A. Masson, Senior Judge
LeeAnn L. Covac, District Court Administrator
Nina Wonderly, Assistant Court Administrator
(Vacant), Judicial Secretary / Jury Commission Secretary
Betsy Nissel, Official Court Reporter
Allison J. Rice, Esq., Judicial Law Clerk
Disclaimer: The forms and information on this website are intended solely for the use of individuals who are considering representing themselves in Court proceedings. This information should not be construed as legal counsel. The staff in the Court offices will not be able to give you legal advice or help you fill out or complete the forms. For all advice concerning legal matters, please consult an attorney.