Justice Center, Courtroom 1
201 W. Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Judicial Secretary: Leah Martinez Law Clerk: Gloriana Noreika
Judge John L. Hall was born and raised in Chester County. Following his graduation from Unionville High School, he earned a postgraduate diploma from Phillips Exeter Academy, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.
From 1984 to 1988, Judge Hall served as a prosecutor in the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. After 1988, and through 2003, he worked as a Chester County private practitioner. During those years he was appointed to serve the Chester County court of common pleas in various capacities, including as criminal counsel for indigent defendants, master of real estate partition, chairman of arbitration panels and chairman of boards of view. Judge Hall also served the Chester County community in a variety of positions, including as board of director member of the Chester County Bar Association and Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, vice president of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, president of the West Chester Area Day Care Center and president of the Chester County Bar Foundation.
Judge Hall was elected without opposition to the court of common pleas in November of 2003, beginning his term of office in January, 2004. He was retained by election in November, 2013 to serve a second ten year term. Formerly, Judge Hall presided as a civil court judge, criminal court judge, grand jury judge, dependency court judge and family court judge. From 2007 to the present, he has served as supervising judge of the juvenile delinquency court. He has presided as an orphans’ court judge since 2010 and is currently the orphans’ court supervising judge. Following election by his fellow judges, he has served as president judge of Chester County since January, 2020.