Hon. Sheila A. Woods-Skipper
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Judge Woods-Skipper currently sits on the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. She was appointed by the former Governor Tom Ridge and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate in December 1998, and re-elected to her second ten-year term. She was appointed Supervising Judge for the Criminal Division of the First Judicial District in November 2008, where she has been instrumental in creating and overseeing innovative programs in the Criminal Division that have reduced the prison population and increased efficiency in the processing of criminal cases. She currently presides over the newly created First Judicial District Mental Health Court and as the S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Management, ARC, Readiness, Trial Room) Judge for the South Division in the newly created zoned courts. Judge Woods-Skipper was formerly assigned to the Homicide Division and was Coordinating Judge for the Waiver Program. She also serves as a member of the Judicial Education Committee, where she is Chair of the FYI Committee. Judge Woods-Skipper was appointed by Governor Rendell to the State Council for Interstate Compact for Adult Offenders, and was also appointed by the late Justice Cappy, and re-appointed by Justice Castille, to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. She was also selected to serve on the Mental Health Advisory Commission (MHAC) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency. Judge Woods-Skipper is a native Philadelphian who attended Philadelphia High School for Girls, the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law. She previously was a Judicial Law Clerk to the late Honorable Charles Wright, Court of Common Pleas, and then served as an Assistant District Attorney for Philadelphia County for 11 years. Judge Woods-Skipper is an active member of her community and church. Aside from her leadership in many civic organizations, she participates in numerous professional activities. Judge Woods-Skipper holds leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and the American Judges Association and is a frequent speaker on criminal justice topics.