Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848
Phone: (570) 265-1707
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
About the Department
The courts are the judicial branch of government, a co-equal of the executive and legislative branches. The Bradford County Courts are courts of general jurisdiction and are part of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System. General jurisdiction means that our court handles criminal, civil, family court, orphans court and juvenile matters. The Court of Common Pleas is also the court of appeals for magisterial district court decisions as well as Pennsylvania Department of Transportation license appeals and local agency appeals.
Our judges hear all types of matters listed above. We have a full-time hearing master who hears juvenile and family court cases. We also appoint special masters to assist with our family court caseload. Our court system operates on a continuous calendar. This means that court is in session throughout the year and jurors are summoned for each trial week. The daily court calendar is available for viewing by clicking on http://ujsportal.pacourts.us. Public information regarding criminal cases is also available through this website link. The court staff consists of a district court administrator, deputy court administrator, a court reporter/judicial secretary and four court monitors/judicial secretaries, a court administrator’s secretary, two law clerks and a tip staff. Bradford County Local rules can be viewed by clicking on the Court Administration tab and then click on “Documents & Forms”.
County judges preside over all types of matters including:
- Family Court
- Orphans Court
- Juvenile Matters
- Maureen Beirne, President Judge
- Evan S. Williams, III, Judge
- Jeffrey A. Smith, Senior Judge