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10 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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CONTACT: Sheila S. Rode
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Greene County Courthouse
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Phone: 724-852-5237
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Greene County Court of Common Pleas
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judges, 13th Judicial District

President Judge Farley Toothman
Judge Louis Dayich
Senior Judge H. Terry Grimes

Public Contact Person: Sheila S. Rode, District Court Administrator

Office of Court Administration
Greene County Courthouse (2nd Floor)
10 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5237 / Fax: 724-627-4716
Email: and

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., Monday—Friday

Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System is one of North America’s oldest, growing from a collection of part-time, local courts prior to 1700 to today’s statewide, automated court system.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has an extensive disciplinary system — endorsed by its citizens through Constitutional amendment — to address improper conduct by lawyers and judges both in and outside the courtroom. And the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in its role as overseer of the practice of law in the state, has adopted added standards and rules governing conduct.

Court of Common Pleas
President Judge

Honorable Farley Toothman

Court of Common Pleas

Honorable Lou Dayich

Court of Common Pleas
Senior Judge

Honorable H. Terry Grimes

Documented History:

Court of Common Pleas for Greene County:
The Courts of Common Pleas are organized into 60 judicial districts and are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts.

Court of Common Pleas administered in Greene County, has a president judge; and after the 2015 general elections an associate judge will be elected. Our judges are elected to sit on the bench and hear criminal and civil court cases. Counties support the courts with corrections and criminal justice programs such as the county prison, juvenile detention center, probation, and/or criminal investigation units.

The Judges of the Civil Division are responsible for handling all civil matters, as well as family and orphans' court matters. Each judge is responsible for his or her inventory of cases from the filing of the complaint through disposition of the case.

The President Judge acts as the executive administrative head of the court, and is responsible for supervising the judicial business of the court, promulgating all administrative rules and regulations, making all judicial assignments, and assigning and re-assigning among the personnel of the court available chambers and other physical facilities.

A senior judge from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is often called upon for advise or to fill in for one of the other judges.

The term for a Court of Common Pleas judge is 10 years, and Pennsylvania law states that judges must retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70 years old.

Waynesburg, the county seat for Greene County, is located in the 13th Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the 18th United States Congressional District, the 46th Pennsylvania Senate District and the 50th Pennsylvania House District.

Community Court-Ordered Service:
The Greene County Community Service Program is available to provide labor or services for your civic or non-profit organization. Some of the local entities that we have helped recently include: several townships, two fire departments, two food banks, three churches, the United Way, the 4H Rabbit Club, the Greene County Historical Society, the Whitely Covered Bridge Festival, Greene ARC, Meadowlark Park, Connect Housing, the Domestic Violence Center, both the Jacktown and Greene County Fairs, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection. If your organization needs help for a special event or project contact Bret Moore at 412-874-5246 or email me at

Our mission is to implement court-ordered community service hours that enhance traditional sentences to include educational and JOB training opportunities when appropriate. In addition to providing services and labor to local non-profit organizations, we hope to reduce recidivism by giving people an opportunity to improve their lives in a sustained and meaningful way.

The idea is to make the completion of assigned hours easier to accomplish for people with transportation problems or driver's license suspension.

Both our website and facebook pages were created to help spread news about court ordered service in Greene County, PA. On our website you can see some of the special alternative programs like the Greene Alternative Program, Mined Minds, and the Walking Trail. For questions, call 412-874-5246.

Partner with us — to find out more, visit our facebook page. Clients can also earn community service credits by completing educational, counseling, and job training activities in addition to performing traditional service hours.

Traditional Projects — Greene County, township and borough government agencies, fire departments, food banks, service organizations, the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce, the Greene County and Jacktown fairs, the Covered Bridge Festival, Greene ARC. At the beginning of 2017, our program was averaging approximately 300 hours a week, and we are hopeful that as the weather improves, we will increase that number of additional partners. It allows all areas of the county to benefit from the program.

Alternative Programs — we now allow juvenille offenders to complete credit recovery courses and receive tutoring on Saturday mornings at our alternative school. Mined Minds, we work with this group to allow our clients to get computer training to enhance employment skills. Mined Minds is a non-profit computer training to enhance employment skills. Walking Trail, we are laying out and mowing across country walking trail at the airport that will connect with the new REC center at the Greene County Industrial Park in Waynesburg.

PersonnelJames Bret Moore, Director Community Service, (412-874-5246) and Mark Zieler, Community Service Foreman, at 724-852-5389

Portal for Jurors:
These web pages are dedicated to assisting individuals who are serving the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County as a Juror. Included in this portal are contact numbers, juror instructions, various juror forms, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions. Click HERE for the Jurors Portal.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. How do I apply for child support?
    For information about child support and how to apply, contact Domestic Relations at 724-852-5214 or visit the Pennsylvania Child Support Program

  2. How do I pay court costs and fines?
    All court fines and fees can be paid online using the Pennsylvania Judicial System's PAePay service.

  3. Is there somewhere I can search for Public Records in Pennsylvania?
    Go to: for Pennsylvania Court Records & more.

  4. How do I apply for a marriage license?
    Contact the Greene County Clerk of Courts (724-852-5282)

  5. How do I file divorce or custody documents?
    See the representing yourself page for family court forms and instructions. Be sure to watch the introductory video first!

  6. How do I find information about jury duty?
    For information on jury duty, visit our Greene County jury duty webpage.

  7. How do I get a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order?
    Contact your county court administration at 724-852-5237 for information on how to proceed with a PFA.
Helpful Links/Public Forms:
  • Click HERE (PAePay) to make a payment online (securely pay fines, costs, and restitution) — if a warrant has been issued the balance may be greater than is reflected online. If in doubt, please contact the clerk of courts at 724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282 to confirm the balance due.

  • The Unified Judicial System provides forms for citizens, the judiciary and law enforcement. Click HERE to access these Common Forms — provided by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

  • Click HERE for Common Pleas Courts Docket Sheets
Greene County Court Resources:
—> Calendar —> Directory —> Forms

Representing Yourself: (Source:
The judicial system of Pennsylvania embraces the idea that access to the Courts is a fundamental right of all Pennsylvanians.

Through its long history, the judicial system in Pennsylvania has been, and continues to be, committed to dispensing justice for all Pennsylvanians. Some litigants, for any number of reasons, may find it necessary to represent themselves pro se before the Court.

Nothing on these pages should be construed as legal advice, and should not be cited as legal authority.

I can't afford to pay for filing fees:
    Costs to record, or "file" documents such as the complaint, vary from the type of document, or pleading, to the county in which you begin your case. Some court filing costs may be in the hundreds of dollars. If you cannot afford to pay these fees to the court, you will need to complete the form below entitled, In Forma Pauperis, a Latin term, referring to someone who cannot pay. You will be asked for your income and expense statements. The court may require that you appear in person for a hearing or a judge may decide based upon the information you provide on the In Forma Pauperis form. Instructions are included in the form. Once completed, take the IFP form to the appropriate records office in your county courthouse. This office is called the Prothonotary or Office of Judicial Records.

    Warning about your legal rights ... self-represented litigants are held to the same standards as attorneys admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representing yourself does not exempt you from understanding and following statewide and local Rules of Court. For your protection, be sure to verify you have met all up-to-date requirements by contacting your local county court administration. Refer to the PA courts webpage at: for self-representation information and forms needed.

Superior Court Docket Sheets:
Common Pleas docket sheets are maintained by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. Click here to access docket sheets.

Recent entries made in the court filing offices may not be immediately reflected on these docket sheets. Neither the courts of the Unified Judicial System of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania nor the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts assumes any liability for inaccurate or delayed data, errors or omissions on these docket sheets. Docket sheet information should not be used in place of a criminal history background check, which can only be provided by the Pennsylvania State Police. Employers who do not comply with the provisions of the Criminal History Record Information Act (18 Pa.C.S. Section 9101 et seq.) may be subject to civil liability as set forth in 18 Pa.C.S. Section 9183. Information Source:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Title II) Policies:
The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania (UJS) complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity”. 42 U.S.C.A. §12132. Pursuant to that requirement, if you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in any judicial proceeding or any other service, program, or activity of the UJS, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. The ADA does not require the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

If you require an accommodation under the ADA, it is recommended that you make your request as soon as possible or at least three (3) business days before your scheduled participation in any court proceeding or UJS program or activity. All requests for accommodation, regardless of timeliness, will be given due consideration and if necessary, may require an interactive process between the requestor and the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County to determine the best course of action.

To request a reasonable accommodation, please complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form (Appendix A) and return it to:
    Sheila S. Rode, Court Administrator (ADA Coordinator)
    Greene County Courthouse, 10 East High Street, Suite 218, Waynesburg, PA 15370
    Telephone: 724-852-5237 / Fax: 724-627-4716
    Email: Sheila S. Rode
If you need assistance completing this form, contact the ADA Coordinator. Complaints alleging violations of Title II under the ADA may be filed pursuant to the UJS Grievance Procedure with the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, Greene County Courthouse, 10 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. A response will be sent to you after careful review of the facts.

ADA Act Grievance Procedure: This grievance procedure is established for the prompt resolution of complaints alleging any violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the provision of services, programs, or activities by the Unified Judicial System (UJS). If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this form, or need this form in an alternate format, please contact:
    Sheila S. Rode, Court Administrator (ADA Coordinator)
    Greene County Courthouse, 10 East High Street, Suite 218, Waynesburg, PA 15370
    Telephone: 724-852-5237 / Fax: 724-627-4716
    Email: Sheila S. Rode
Click here for the ADA Grievance Procedure with form.

Court's Language Access Plan (LAP):
As part of the Court's Language Access Plan, the following LAP Grievance Procedure documents are provided in English and Spanish:

Magisterial District Review (March 2012):
The Thirteenth Judicial District, Greene County, has completed its review and hereby offers it for public inspection and comment. The plan calls for the retention of all three existing magisterial districts. It also calls for the shifting of the townships of Perry, Whiteley, and Washington from Magisterial District 13-3-02 to Magisterial District 13-3-01. Following are the documents pertaining to the review:
  • Part 1 - News Release (Mar. 1, 2012) — Plan for establishing boundaries of the Magisterial Districts in the County. Click HERE to view/print news release.
  • Part 2 - Judicial District Summary Worksheet — click HERE to open form and print.
  • Worksheet 1 - Magisterial District Reestablishment Worksheet 13-3-01 — click HERE to open.
  • Worksheet 2 - Magisterial District Reestablishment Worksheet 13-3-02 — click HERE to open.
  • Worksheet 3 - Magisterial District Reestablishment Worksheet 13-3-03 — click HERE to open.

Government of Pennsylvania:
Like the United States, the federal Government is defined by its Constitution, and Pennsylvania’s government is also defined by its constitution. And, like the United States, Pennsylvania’s government is comprised of three equal and independent branches. The legislative branch makes commonwealth laws, a responsibility carried out by the General Assembly. The executive branch administers commonwealth laws and is overseen by the Governor. And the judicial branch preserves the rule of law and guarantees citizens' rights by resolving disputes through the courts.

There are also many forms and levels of local governance in Pennsylvania.

At the federal level, Pennsylvania is represented by two members of the United States Senate and 19 members of the United States House of Representatives.

The Pennsylvania trial court system consists of Courts of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Courts, Philadelphia Municipal Court, and Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but typically only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Magisterial District Courts, Community Courts, Traffic Courts, Philadelphia Municipal Courts and the Pittsburgh Municipal Court have limited jurisdiction over certain types of cases.

Office Staff: (updated 02/27/2018 per Salary Board meeting notes)
  • Court Administrator, Sheila Rode: 724-852-5237

  • Deputy Court Administrator, Pamela Mason: 724-852-5237

  • Confidential Judicial Administrative Assistant, Janette Kline: 724-852-5212

  • Director Community Service, James Bret Moore: 724-852-5389

  • Community Service Foreman, Mark Zieler: 724-852-5389

  • Court Assistant Prevention & Education to Court Assistant for Program Development, Christine Gardner: 724-852-5237

  • Court Reporter, Daniel Donley: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Court Reporter, Jenna Freund: 724-852-5237

  • Court Recorder, Jennifer Withrow: 724-852-5237

  • Court Recorder, Cathy Zuback: 724-852-5237

  • Conference/Mediation Custody Officer, Ryan Armstrong: 724-852-5237

  • Law Clerk, Alexsandra Chamberlain: 724-852-5212

  • Law Clerk, Toni Murphy: 724-852-5212

  • Tipstaff, Kara Compton: 724-852-5237 (Regular Part-time)

  • Tipstaff, John Michael Dulaney: 724-852-5237 (Regular Full-time)

  • Tipstaff, Cora Mitchell: 724-852-5237 (Regular Full-time)

  • Casual Tipstaff, Kevin Beal: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Dora Lynn Hornat: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Paul Kraft: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Mara Rebecca Lesko: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Carolyn McGraph: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Virginia Mylan: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, David Patterson: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Peter Rameas: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Richard Rosendale: 724-852-5237

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