County Court of Common Pleas

Please allow extra time for your scheduled proceedings.  EXPECT DELAYS.

In the event of inclement weather, Chester County Courts will operate as follows:
  • For a one-hour delay, anything scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. or earlier would start at 10:00 a.m.
  • For a two-hour delay, anything scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. or earlier would start at 11:00 a.m.

Conducting business in the Courts during COVID-19

The court system, acting principally through its judicial districts, is responsible for taking the necessary actions to protect the safety of court staff, court users, judges and the public, guided by general CDC and Department of Health recommendations.  The Judiciary is working to protect public health while ensuring that individuals retain their fundamental state and federal constitutional rights to trial by jury.  To that end, the Department of Health assisted the judiciary in developing recommended guidelines designed to ensure that court business can be conducted safely.

Chester County continues to closely monitor the ongoing state of emergency related to COVID-19. The Court has implemented preventative measures necessary to aid in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within the Justice Center that reflect federal, state and local government orders and guidance. Facilities staff frequently cleans and sanitizes public areas.

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the virus do not appear at the Justice Center or Magisterial District Courts.  If you are expected to appear at a court proceeding, please notify the appropriate contact. 

We are asking all visitors to do the following:

  • A mask that covers both the nose and mouth shall be worn while in the Justice Center and Magisterial District Courts.
  • Your temperature will be taken by a sensor thermometer device prior to entering the security checkpoint.
  • The number of people permitted in the elevators at the same time will be extremely limited. Public stairways are available for use.
  • You are permitted to bring your own plastic water bottles.
  • All employees and visitors are required to complete a symptom survey when entering the Justice Center.
  • Social distancing will be observed, maintain a minimum of six – foot distance between yourself and others.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or if not available, your elbow.
  • Do not shake hands or engage in unnecessary physical contact; hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the buildings.

Chester County Court of Common Pleas

The Court of Common Pleas of Chester County is a general jurisdiction trial court located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Honorable John L. Hall is the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County.There are 1full time Judges and 1 Senior Judge. The Judges hear a wide spectrum of cases, including adult and juvenile criminal prosecutions, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions, and estates.

In addition to court staff and Court Administration, the court supervises the following offices:
The Court oversees and provides administrative services to the 17 Magisterial District Court offices in Chester County.