Court of Common Pleas Location: Greene County Courthouse (2nd Floor) 10 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 Phone: 724-852-5312
Court of Common Pleas is administered by Greene County. Each county has one or more judge(s) who is/are elected to sit on the bench and hear criminal and civil court cases.
The responsibilities of the President Judge are executive administrative head of the court, supervise the judicial business of the court, promulgate all administrative rules and regulations, make all judicial assignments and assign and re-assign among the personnel of the court available chambers and other physical facilities. The Greene County judges preside over both criminal and civil cases.
Fact: On Monday, January 4, 2016 Greene County Judge Lou Dayich took the oath of office, while his mother, Loretta, held the Bible. The Honorable Judge Dayich took the "baton" in the form of the oath of office during a the swearing-in ceremony, along with dozens of county, township, borough and municipal officials who won their elections last November 2015.
Click HERE for Swearing-in. (www.co.greene.pa.us)
The Honorable Lou Dayich won his seat in the November 2015 election. Dayich’s swearing-in and brief speech were the culmination of a nearly hourlong ceremony inside the main courtroom. President Judge Farley Toothman administered the oaths of office for all of the newly elected officials and wished each of them luck as they began their new terms.
While speaking to a standing-room crowd gathered in the main courtroom for the ceremony, the Honorable Dayich paused briefly when he mentioned his late father, Louis, who died nearly a decade ago, and the values he taught him. Dayich said he hoped he learned lessons from his father that will help him while on the bench.
"My dad was a very bright, quiet guy with sort of a dry sense of humor," Dayich said. "He had that penchant for politics. He had that gift of being a person who people liked and he liked to meet them.";
The Honorable Judge Lou Dayich began his new job immediately when he presided over motions court before overseeing jury selection later in the week. He then traveled to State College for a seven-day judicial orientation before returning later in the month to begin a trial term.
Dayich, 53, once operated a hot dog shop called "Sweet Lou's" in downtown Waynesburg. He began his legal career in 1988, when he served as chief public defender for the court system, a position he held until 1991. He served as a trial attorney from 1991 until 1999, the year he was elected as the magistrate judge in Magistrial District 13-3-01.
A life-long resident of Greene County, Lou is a graduate of Central Greene High School in 1980, earned his undergraduate (bachelor's) degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College in 1984; and graduated in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370