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In All Fairness,
Your Honor...

Delco's New Top Judge,
Judge Kevin F. Kelly

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n Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Kevin F. Kelly was sworn in to serve as the new President Judge
by outgoing President Judge Chad F. Kenney. The Pennsylvania Rules
of Judicial Administration require that each court with eight or more judges
selects a president judge every five years. Kenney was elected in June of 2012
and Kelly was unanimously elected to the position by his fellow judges in June
2017.
Judge Kelly's public service career began in 1985 as a member of the
Delaware County District Attorney's Office. An experienced prosecutor, Judge
Kelly served as a staff or the supervising attorney in each of that office's
divisions and units. During his tenure with the District Attorney's Office, Judge
Kelly rose to the position of Deputy District Attorney and received numerous
awards of professional recognition, including being named Outstanding
Prosecutor of the Year by the Pennsylvania Criminal Investigators. Prior to
leaving the District Attorney's Office to join the bench, he was the Chief of
the office's Juvenile Delinquency and Pre-trial Divisions, as well as its Drug
Enforcement Unit. While with the District Attorney's Office, Judge Kelly was
regularly active in criminal justice education, having been an instructor for a
number of years at the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy and the
mandated yearly continuing legal education of municipal police officers. He has
well appeared as a lecturer at legal seminars and meetings sponsored by various
professional associations and community groups.
Kelly was appointed to the bench in 2000 by Gov. Tom Ridge and was
elected to two full 10-year terms in 2001 and 2011. Judge Kelly, on joining the
bench, first served in the family courts and then for a number of years as the
county's juvenile judge. In 2009, Judge Kelly became a member of the criminal
courts and has also served from 2013 through June 2017 as the criminal courts
liaison judge. He also has received recognition during that tenure, including
the Donald J. Orlowsky Memorial Award in 2011 for fostering and improving
relations between the bench and the bar. Kelly, who currently sits in the criminal
division, has a widely recognized reputation for fairness and running an evenhanded courtroom.
A life-long resident of Delaware County, Judge Kelly is a graduate of
Haverford High School, Villanova University and Villanova University School
of Law.

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