Bucks County Judicial System
Welcome to the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County. This Court has been serving the citizens of Bucks County for over 300 years. Initially founded in the town of Bristol when Pennsylvania was still a colony, the county seat, along with the court, relocated to Newtown and ultimately to Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The Court has just relocated to a brand new, state of the art Justice Center located in Doylestown, across from the classic 1960’s-era post-modern Courthouse that, after being the Courts home for over 50 years, is now home to the county's Administrative offices.
In Pennsylvania, courts of common pleas are considered courts of general jurisdiction. For this reason the court hears a wide variety of cases, including criminal prosecutions, juvenile delinquency proceedings, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions, estates and much more. The Common Pleas Court is also the court in which many appeals, such as driver’s license suspensions, zoning matters, traffic tickets and numerous others are resolved. Through the Office of Court Administration, the court supervises Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation, Domestic Relations, the Youth Detention Center, Court Reporters, and the Law Library. The Court also oversees and provides administrative support to the twenty magisterial district court offices that comprise the Magisterial District Court system in Bucks County.
Today, the Court system has approximately 550 service-oriented employees and a budget of about $60 million dollars. The court also has thirteen full time judges and four senior judges. Under the leadership of President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley, the Court of Common Pleas strives to keep pace in a world where change is accelerating.
The Court takes pride in its reputation as a fair and efficient forum, and is equally proud of the fact that it has no case backlog in civil and criminal matters, which comprise the bulk of its caseload.