Hon. Carol Hanna
Indiana County Court of Common Pleas, Indiana
Judge Carol Hanna has served as a judge on Indiana County’s Court of Common Pleas since 2004. As judge, she handles family law and juvenile cases. Prior to becoming judge, she served as Indiana County’s first Juvenile Court Master, hearing dependency and delinquency cases. Also, while in private practice she was appointed guardian ad litem by the court in custody and dependency cases. Judge Hanna is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her legal jobs have included working for the landlord-tenant division of the Legal Aid Society in Washington D.C., Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, and the Developmental Disabilities Law Project, an advocacy group for the disabled. In 1987, she joined with her husband Jack to establish the law firm, Hanna & Hanna. She was appointed by the Court of Common Pleas as Indiana County’s first Child Custody Mediator in 1992 and the first Juvenile Court Master in 2001. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney and Domestic Relations Solicitor for 12 years. Judge Hanna assisted in the formation of Indiana County’s Child Advocacy Center, an agency that coordinates the investigation of child abuse and arranges for intervention services. She is also a member of the Statewide Children’s Roundtable, an initiative to make juvenile courts more responsive to the needs of children and families. She participated in the development of the Pennsylvania Dependency Benchbook and the Dependency Resource Companion, comprehensive reference guides to assist Juvenile Court Judges and practitioners. Judge Hanna co-chairs Indiana County’s Local Children’s Roundtable and most recently worked to develop a new Truancy Protocol.