It is the Mission of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas to be as effective and efficient as possible in:

-Providing equal access to justice for all
-Building and retaining public trust and confidence
-Developing the accountability of Court employees

The history of the Lancaster County court began when William Penn drafted his Frames of Government and the English system of government was adopted in Pennsylvania. Judges with proficiency in administering justice in cases of serious felonies heard appeals in regional courts, while justices of the peace, designated from local citizenry presided over lesser offenses and administrative duties.