What should I do if I have a Protection from Abuse (PFA) case in Philadelphia? VIDEO

If you have a Protection From Abuse case in Philadelphia, you should understand the PFA process and you should ask yourself, is something at stake? If something is at stake, then you should have an experienced attorney in your corner from as early as possible in the process. Put briefly how PFAs work in Philadelphia after a Temporary PFA is granted or if a final hearing date is granted and final is a term that's used loosely, the court would schedule a hearing within 10 days. Hearings in Philadelphia are scheduled in either courtroom 3F or 4F. Quorum 4F is almost always Judge Ida Chen. Courtroom 3F is either Judge Christopher Mallios or Judge Victoria Christensen. It will depend on the given week.

Court hearings are scheduled either at 9:00 AM or at 1:00 PM. It's best to be there early. You would check in with the court. The court officer would help you navigate the process to some degree. There would be, say, discussions and negotiations between the parties' attorneys before court, either the state or plaintiff's attorney or the defendant's attorney. There would be discussions and negotiations.

If an agreement can be reached, that would take place. The court would put the agreement into place or a hearing would take place where the judge would make a determination whether there's a finding of abuse and would grant a Final PFA. It's a involved process, a lot's at stake, every step has to be calculated. Having an experienced attorney in your corner will help you best understand and navigate the process and they should be involved from as early as possible in the process.

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