Judge Profile

Frederic J. Ammerman

Judicial Experience:

  • President Judge, Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas, Appointed and Elected, 1996 to 2016

Other Professional Experience:

  • District Attorney, Clearfield County, 1988 to 1994
  • Attorney, Law Offices of David S. Ammerman, Esq., 1982 to 1994
  • Part-Time Assistant District Attorney, Clearfield County, 1984 to 1986


  • JD, Dickinson School of Law, 1982
  • BA, Juniata College, 1979

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • PA Conference of State Trial Judges


  • Donald T. Gibboney, Esquire, Staff Attorney


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Ammerman requires counsel to request permission to approach a witness. He also expects all parties to wear proper attire.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Judge Ammerman expects motions/petitions to be filed with the Prothonotary or Clerk of Courts' Office with service of same to the opposing counsel. He requires the motion/petition to include a scheduling rule which allows a return date to be determined.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Judge Ammerman requires that counsel get briefs, memorandums of law, and pre-trial statements time stamped by the Court Administrator's office and not filed with the Prothonotary.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Judge Ammerman recommends counsel know and understand the local rules of court, which can be purchased from the Prothonotary's office.

  • Can the court be contacted by fax? Yes