PortraitNameTitleCourt
Pamela P. Dembe
President Judge
2008 - 2013
Court of Common Pleas
The Honorable Pamela P. Dembe has served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania since January of 1990. She has been the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas since November 12, 2008. Full Biography
C. Darnell  Jones, II
President Judge
2006 - 2008
Court of Common Pleas
Judge C. Darnell Jones was named President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in December 2005. He served as President Judge from January 2006 to October 2008, when he was commissioned as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Full Biography
Frederica  Massiah-Jackson
President Judge
2001 - 2006
Court of Common Pleas
Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson was named President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia in November 2000. She served as President Judge from January 2001 to January 2006. Prior to her term as President Judge, she had served as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas for eighteen years, in both the Civil Trial Division and the Major Felony Criminal Division. Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson currently sits on the Court of Common Pleas. Full Biography
Alex  Bonavitacola
President Judge
1995 - 2001
Court of Common Pleas
Judge Bonavitacola was named President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in December 1995. He served as President Judge until January 2001. In addition, Judge Bonavitacola served as Administrative Judge of the Trial Division of the First Judicial District from 1992 to 1994. He also had extensive experience in the Trial, Family Court, and Orphan's Court Divisions of the First Judicial District. Judge Bonavitacola retired in 2005. Full Biography
Edward J. Blake
President Judge
1990 - 1995
Court of Common Pleas
Judge Edward J. Blake served as the Administrative Judge of the Trial Division of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania from 1986 to 1990. He held that post until he was elected President Judge of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, a position he held from 1990 to 1995. Full Biography

Please note: The Judicial Art and History of City Hall is an ongoing project; it is not complete. More Judicial biographies and portraits will be added to the website as the information is compiled.


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