The Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division
The Trial Division of the Court of
Common Pleas has general jurisdiction in civil and criminal
cases, excluding Family Division or Orphans' Court matters.
The Court of Common Pleas - Trial Division is composed of seventy
commissioned judges. The judges in commission are supplemented by the
services of senior judges. The Division is divided into two sections -
Civil and Criminal. Forty-one commissioned judges are
assigned to the criminal programs and twenty-nine are assigned to
civil programs. There are approximately one-thousand employees in the
many separate departments throughout the Trial Division. The Administrative Judge of the Trial Division is the Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris. The Supervising Judge of the Civil Section is the Honorable Daniel J. Anders. The Supervising Judge of the Criminal Section is the Honorable Lucretia C. Clemons. The Supervising Judge of the Commerce Program is the Honorable Nina Wright Padilla.
Office of the Administrative Judge
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - TRIAL DIVISION
Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris
The Trial Division is led by an Administrative Judge, who is appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and serves at the pleasure of the Supreme Court. On October 16, 2020, Judge Lisette Shirdan-Harris was appointed Administrative Judge. As Administrative Judge, she is the approving authority for all administrative matters associated with the Trial Division.
The duties of the Administrative Judge of the Trial Division include but are not limited to:
- Assignment of judges within the Trial Division, along with designation and use of all rooms assigned to the Division for judicial use, excepting chambers for each judge;
- Oversight of case management practices in both the civil and criminal sections;
- Personnel administration within the Trial Division;
- Preparation and analysis of periodic reports of facts and statistics concerning the disposition of cases;
- Coordination of the use of technology to expedite the timely disposition of cases;
- Operation of the First Judicial District's Jury Commission;
- Administrative oversight of fiscal matters that relate to the Trial Division;
- Administrative oversight of the Adult Probation and Parole Department.
- Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed