Notice: All courts will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of MEMORIAL DAY , except Municipal Court's Arraignment Court and the filing of Emergency Protection from Abuse Petitions at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St.
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 Pamela P. Dembe 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 three 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 located at 386 City Hall, and the President Judge may be reached by telephone at (215) 686-8334, and by FAX at (215) 567-7328.