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Bucks County Judicial System

All courts in the Seventh Judicial District (Common Pleas Court and Magisterial District Courts) have resumed normal operations and  hours.  Courts and Court departments may elect to conduct proceedings via advanced communications technology.  All visitors to the Bucks County Justice Center or any Magisterial District Court office are required to wear a protective face mask or covering, maintain social  distancing, and comply with any other Court safety directives. There will be no civil trials prior to August 3rd and no criminal jury trials prior to September 28, 2020.  Jurors receiving a jury summons for the August 3 – 14 civil trial term should proceed as directed by the notice.  All of the Court's Orders entered in response to the COVID-19 emergency may be viewed on the Emergency Orders page.

Welcome to the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County.  This Court has been serving the citizens of Bucks County for more than 300 years. Initially founded in the town of Bristol when Pennsylvania was still a colony, the county seat, along with the court, relocated to Newtown and ultimately to Doylestown. The Court of Common Pleas operates from a modern, state of the art Justice Center in Doylestown, across from the classic 1960’s-era post-modern courthouse that, after being the courts' home for more than 50 years, now serves as the Buck County Administration Building. 

In Pennsylvania, courts of common pleas are considered courts of general jurisdiction. For this reason the court hears a wide variety of cases, including criminal prosecutions, juvenile delinquency proceedings, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions, estates and much more. The Common Pleas Court is also the court in which many appeals, such as driver’s license suspensions, zoning matters, traffic tickets and numerous others are resolved.  Through the Office of Court Administration, the court supervises Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation, Domestic Relations, the Youth Detention Center, Court Reporters, and the Law Library.  The Court also oversees and provides administrative support to the 18 magisterial district court offices that compose the Magisterial District Court system in Bucks County.

Today, the Court system has approximately 550 service-oriented employees and a budget of about $60 million dollars.  The court also has 15 full-time judges and three senior judges. Under the leadership of President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., the Court of Common Pleas strives to keep pace in a world where change is accelerating.

The Court takes pride in its reputation as a fair and efficient forum, and is equally proud of the fact that it has no case backlog in civil and criminal matters, which compose the bulk of its caseload.

Court Services

Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
Bucks County Justice Center

100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901