Honorable James P. MacElree II

Justice Center, Courtroom 2 
201 W. Market Street, Suite 7413
West Chester, PA 19380-0989 

Judicial Secretary: Leah Martinez
Law Clerk: Nancy Doherty 

Elree was born and raised in Chester County. He received a B.A in Philosophy from West Chester University in 1970 and his J.D. Degree from the University of Maryland Law School in 1973. He began the private practice of law in West Chester, associated at the firm of MacElree, Platt, Harvey. He became an Assistant District Attorney in 1974, Deputy District Attorney in 1976, Chief Deputy District Attorney in 1979 and 1st Assistant District Attorney in 1981. In 1983 he was elected to the 1st of 3 consecutive terms as District Attorney of Chester County, a position he retained until he was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas in late 1992. He served on the Prison Board and on a number of Criminal Justice Committees at the state and county levels. He served as President of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association from 1989 to 1990.
A portrait of James P. MacElree II
After being appointed to the Court in 1992, he was elected to a 10-year term in November 1993. He served on the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania from 1996 until 2000. He was a candidate for the Superior Court in 1997. In 2003 he ran for retention and was elected to another 10-year term. In 2009 he was elected by his fellow judges as President Judge to serve a 5-year term.

Judge MacElree has served in Family Court, Criminal Court and Civil Court. He has been actively involved in the Court’s computerization project from 1977 to date. Judge MacElree served as President Judge of the 15th Judicial District from 2010 to 2014.

Judge MacElree has lectured at various colleges, universities, schools, training academies and CLE courses for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has been active in numerous community organizations. He is married to Linda L. MacElree and has an adult daughter.