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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: srode@greenepacourts.us
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday


Court Divisions:

Honorable Farley Toothman
,
President Judge

Honorable Lou Dayich
, Judge

Honorable H. Terry Grimes
,
Senior Judge

Court of Common Pleas for Greene County:
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. The President Judge 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.

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: www.courtreference.com/Pennsylvania-Courts.htm for Pennsylvania Court Records & more.
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.
Greene County Court Resources:
—> Calendar —> Directory —> Forms

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: www.pacourts.us

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 selected jurors, juror instructions, various juror forms, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions. Click HERE for the Jurors Portal.

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.

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.
Background Judicial Documents:
  • Click HERE for Local Court Rules and History
  • Click HERE for the history of the "First Court"
  • Click HERE for the "Struggle for Possession" history
  • Click HERE for the "Log Courthouse" history and HERE for "The New Courthouse" history
  • Click HERE for the listing of Greene County Judges
Rules of the Court: (coming soon)
  • Common Pleas Court — General Division
  • Domestic Relations Court
  • Probate Court
  • Municipal Court
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 8/10/2016 per Sheila Rode)
  • Court Administrator, Sheila Rode: 724-852-5237

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

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

  • Confidential Judicial Administrative Assistant, Aimee Gillispie: 724-852-5237

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

  • Court Assistant for Community Prevention & Education, Court Administration, Christine Gardner: 724-852-5237

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

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

  • Court Recorder, Jennifer Withrow: 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

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

  • Tipstaff in Courts, John Michael Dulaney: 724-852-5237

  • Tipstaff in Courts, Sheena Smith: 724-852-5237

  • Part-time Tipstaff, Paul Kraft: 724-852-5237

  • Part-time Tipstaff, David Patterson: 724-852-5237

  • Casual Tipstaff, Bernice Fox: 724-852-5237

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

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

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

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


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