The 57th Judicial District (Bedford County) has implemented policies in the Common Pleas Courts, Magisterial District Judge Courts, and court-related departments (Probation and Parole and Domestic Relations) in an effort to reduce the possibility of the contraction of, and exposure to, the COVID-19 virus. While these courts/offices shall remain fully functional at the present time, the public is requested to limit their visits to that which is necessary'. Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, courtroom galleries shall be limited to 1/3 of normal capacity. Additional designated waiting areas, including outdoor areas, will be available for those waiting for court access. The current situation will continue to be monitored, with policies being modified as circumstances warrant.