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President Judge John Trucilla, serving in his sixteenth year on the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, will provide an overview of the Court’s structure, subject matter jurisdiction, goals, and initiatives. Judge Trucilla will discuss his personal background and journey from growing up on Erie’s lower west side to his current seat on the bench. He will discuss the Court’s divisions to include the Trial, Family, and Orphan’s Court Divisions. He will further explore the broad range of cases heard in this court of general jurisdiction and what that term entails. Judge Trucilla will provide details regarding court accomplishments, initiatives and goals for the future.
John J. Trucilla, J.D., is the President Judge of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, 6th Judicial District. First elected in 2001, he began serving as President Judge January 2016. He completed his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1985 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Dayton in 1982. He teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Penn State Behrend and Gannon University. Judge Trucilla is also responsible for many court initiatives such as: “Juveniles on the Run to Justice”, “Flipside” (anti-gun violence project), “Courthouse Comfort Canines”, and “Energize Erie”. He is also a past member and volunteer for several community organizations and service groups.