John J. Trucilla was elected to the Erie County Court of Common Pleas in 2001. He has served as President Judge since 2016, and previously served as Administrative Judge in the Family Division from 2006 to 2015.
He is a former Assistant District Attorney in Erie County, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which included serving as Chief of the Erie Division from 1994 to 2001. He also practiced at Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall and Sennett, and was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Shad Connelly.
He has been involved with the Citizen Office of Children and Youth Oversight Committee, the By-Laws Revision Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Judges Association, the Juvenile Court Judges commission, Pennsylvania’s Roundtable for Children Initiative, and the Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition, the Erie Truancy Task Force.
He founded Juveniles on the Run for Success, as well as the Flipside initiative to deter youth gun violence. He introduced and implemented Courthouse Comfort Canines to the Erie County Court of Common Pleas in 2015, and implemented the Judicial Reinvestment Strategy with the Erie Community Foundation in 2016.
He was named the Youth Leadership Institute’s Person of the Year in 2011; honorary chair of Global Youth Service Day for Erie County in 2012; and Distinguished Alumnus in Cathedral Preparatory School’s Hall of Fame in 2016. He received the Boys and Girls Club of Erie Community Service Award for Commitment to Youth in 2018.
He has served as an adjunct professor at Penn State Behrend and Gannon University, and as an instructor at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy’s Northwest Training Center.
An Erie native, he earned a Juris Doctorate and a bachelor’s from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is admitted to all Pennsylvania Courts and the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
He and his wife, Suzanne, have six children, John, Luke, Marielle, and triplets Grace, Anne and James.