ABOUT THE COURT

In the upcoming election, there are THREE vacancies on the Court.  Judicial terms run for ten years, which makes this election critical.  Your support will make a vital difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors, and perhaps your friends and family, too. Below is a description of what a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is responsible for.

About the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County

The decisions of a judge on the Court of Common Pleas have a very real, direct impact on the lives of Bucks County residents.  Those decisions can be life altering.

The Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is a court of general jurisdiction that serves all of Bucks County.  This means that it is often the first court residents appear in when encountering most legal issues. It is the trial court for all criminal cases, family law matters (custody, support, divorce and protection from abuse), major civil cases (auto accidents, medical malpractice and commercial disputes), Orphans Court matters (adoptions, guardianship and will contests) and juvenile matters, including dependency and delinquency.  The busiest divisions are Criminal Court (which had almost 13,000 cases pending last year) and Family Court (which had over 11,000 cases pending last year).  By comparison, Civil Court had less than 10,000 cases pending and Orphans Court had less than 600 cases pending.*

For the past 20 years, every new judge in Bucks County has been first assigned to Family Court.  We have not had a new judge with any significant family law experience in the past 20 years. The Family Court division is currently so back-logged that there have been 2 judges visiting from other counties for the past year to help with the Family Court caseload.  It is imperative to have new judges with significant family court experience for the Court.

The work that judges do deeply and intimately affects people’s lives, so the residents of Bucks deserve a judge who has 23 years of experience helping people in crisis and who can apply that experience to make thoughtful, practical decisions while treating people with respect, patience and empathy.  

In the upcoming election, there are THREE vacancies on the Court.  Judicial terms run for ten years, which makes the election critical.  Your support will make a vital difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors, and perhaps your friends and family, too.

* http://www.pacourts.us/news-and-statistics/research-and-statistics/county-caseload-statistics