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Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Bucks County has had a long and distinguished history. Penn named the county after Buckinghamshire, the Penn family home in England. The county seat was located in Bristol from 1705 to 1726, when it was moved 10 miles north, to Newtown, which served as the county seat for 87 years. In 1752, the county, which originally extended to the New York colony line, was reduced to its present boundaries. As settlement crept northward, agitation began for changing the county seat to a more central location. In 1810, Governor Simon Snyder signed an Act appointing a commission to select a new site. The hilltop tract they chose in Doylestown has continued to serve as the seat of Bucks County for almost 200 years. Since 1812, three successive courthouses have occupied the site. For more information on the history of Bucks County, visit About Bucks.
Bucks County is comprised of roughly 608 square miles of land and 15.8 square miles of water. There are approximately 620,000 people living within 23 boroughs and 31 townships. (View municipalities map)
Bucks County is famous nationwide for its historic sites, including the Mercer Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pennsbury Manor, and Pearl S. Buck House.
Three county commissioners, elected at-large every four years, comprise the Board of Bucks County Commissioners. Representing both major political parties, the commissioners are responsible for the adoption and administration of the county operating budget (the 2013 operating budget is $390 million) along with oversight of the largest workforce in the county (more than 2,600 employees). Bucks is a class 2A county.
Under the commissioners’ aegis are the chief operating officer and six divisions. Within each division, a number of service-oriented departments are housed. They are:
- Emergency Services
- Community Services
- Finance and Administration
- Health and Human Services
- General Services
In addition to the three elected county commissioners, voters elect 10 independent “row officers.” Like the commissioners, they are elected at-large for four-year terms. More information about the county’s row officers is available by clicking on this link.
The Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County is the 7th Judicial District of Pennsylvania. First established in 1683, it hears all criminal, civil, family, and orphan's (probate) matters. The Court consists of 13 judges, and is located in Doylestown. It supervises all Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation (including the Bucks County Youth Center), and Domestic Relations services, the Law Library, and provides administrative services for a twenty-court system of limited jurisdiction courts (special courts) - issuing authority in all felony and misdemeanor cases, and hears all traffic and summary cases. It has concurrent jurisdiction in civil cases where the amount in controversy is less than $8,000.
An Educational Guide: Bucks County Government and Courts System
Commissioners' Office of Public Information
Bucks County Courthouse
5th floor - Administration Building
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Upper Bucks Government Services Center
261 California Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lower Bucks Government Services Center
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.