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For general Court information, contact (215) 686-7000.
The Courts of Common Pleas are Pennsylvania's courts of general trial jurisdiction. They have existed since the colonial charter of Pennsylvania, and are incorporated in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776. The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County presently consists of ninety (90) judges who are currently assigned as follows: Trial Division, 67; Family Division, 20; and Orphans' Division (Estates Law, etc.), 3.
The Court of Common Pleas is supervised by a President Judge who is elected for a five year term by the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas.
Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper is the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.
The President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas sits on the First Judicial District's Administrative Governing Board, which functions much like a Board of Directors for the District. The Board includes the two president judges, three administrative judges, and the State Court Administrator.
The President Judge has varied authority and responsibilities.
The President Judge:
The President Judge's office is currently located at Room 386 City Hall, and the President Judge may be reached by telephone at Phone: 215 686-8334 and by Fax: 215 567-7328.