Honorable John L. Hall, President Judge
201 W. Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Judge Hall was born and raised in Chester County. His formal education includes earning a diploma from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1975, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1983.
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 conflict counsel, master of real estate partition and chairman of boards of view.
As a practicing attorney, Judge Hall represented a number of Chester County municipalities and authored legal publications for the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Judge Hall 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 to the court of common pleas in November 2003 and took the oath 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 and family court judge. From 2007 to the present, he has served as supervising judge of the juvenile court. He also currently serves as an orphans’ court judge.