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Mission Statement

The overall responsibility of the Delaware County District Court Administrator's Office is to ensure the timely and efficient processing of criminal and civil actions including family-related issues for the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County.

The Court Administrator's Office is primarily responsible for the administration of the Criminal, Civil, Municipal Law and Family Law sections of the Court. The office also is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the one day/one trial jury system and Arbitration Program.

The Court Administrator's Office randomly assigns Family, Civil and Criminal cases to the Trial Judges using a computer program. The office also schedules many types of hearings and conferences for the Family and Municipal Law sections as well as for Custody Conciliators and Equitable Distribution Masters.

The Court Administrator's Office continues to process thousands of motions, petitions, stipulations, and applications, which are filed each year. The office further assists the Court by providing key information to the general public on a daily basis. The Court Administrator's Office also is responsible for providing statistics to State and local agencies upon request. For more information, please access The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania's Research & Statistics webpage.

The Court Administrator's Office continues to provide quality service to litigants, attorneys and the Court with Gerald C. Montella, Esquire as the District Court Administrator of Pennsylvania's 32nd Judicial District.




ARBITRATION

Administrator: Jennifer Galante, Esquire

Duties Include:

  • Scheduling arbitration hearings
  • Scheduling arbitrators and assigning them to panels to hear cases
  • Ensuring arbitration hearings run efficiently
  • Processing motions
  • Processing and managing continuance requests

CRIMINAL

Administrator: Ruthann Squillace

Duties Include:

  • Managing case assignments
  • Processing bench warrant rescissions
  • Processing bail petitions, arraignments, detainers, and ARD removals
  • Processing all criminal petitions
  • Scheduling Rule 150 hearings
  • Calculating and reporting statistics

FAMILY

Administrator: Denise Hansen

Duties Include:

  • Processing first and secondary Protection From Abuse filings
  • Processing alimony, divorce complaints, stipulations, and decrees
  • Processing custody, special relief, and equitable distribution filings
  • Processing continuance requests

CIVIL

Administrator: Nicole Brungard, Esquire

Duties Include:

  • Assigning all major (non-arbitration) civil cases to the trial judges
  • Timely processing all motions filed in major civil cases
  • Calculating and reporting detailed case filing and disposition statistics on a monthly basis

JURY SERVICES

Administrator: Nancy Alkins

Jury Services and Juror eResponse

Duties Include:

  • Processing juror selections
  • Processing juror date of service
  • Managing juror payroll
  • Managing Juror Donation Program

MOTION-HEARING

Administrator: Christina V. Hayes, Esquire

Duties Include:

  • Scheduling and managing Miscellaneous Lists
  • Managing Sheriff Sales
  • Processing petitions filed under Local Rule 206
  • Scheduling and managing License Suspension Appeals
  • Scheduling and managing Summary Appeals
  • Processing Zoning Appeals
  • Handling emergency matters

Please be advised that employees of the Office of the Court Administrator are NOT permitted to give legal advice. For information regarding the Delaware County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, please call 610-566-6625.



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