Court Closed for Non-essential Matters in Observance of Juneteenth, June 18th

Following the lead of Gov. Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered all state-level courts under the Unified Judicial System to recognize Juneteenth as a special holiday.

All courts in the system are ordered closed with the exception of essential functions and proceedings deemed necessary by president judges.

Juneteenth marks the final act of the emancipation of thousands of enslaved people when Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, with word of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier.

Though Juneteenth has been celebrated in communities across the country for decades— the word’s origin dates back to 1903 — there is now a movement to make it a federal holiday.


Please CLICK HERE to read the order concerning the 39th Judicial District

All members of the judiciary and court supervised employees and any interested persons are invited to attend a historical presentation of the events that are to be honored per the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court’s order by Dr. David Godshalk, Chair of the History and Philosophy Department, Shippensburg University, via Zoom at 12:00 p.m., June 18, 2021. 


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