Judge Profile

Leon Tucker

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Appointed and Elected, 2005 to 2016

Other Professional Experience:

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Matthew Bullock, 1981 to 1982
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Charles L. Durham, 1980 to 1981
  • Assistant District Attorney, City of Philadelphia, 1976 to 1979
  • Law Clerk, State Senator Hardy Williams, 1975 to 1976
  • Private Practitioner, Law Offices of Leon W. Tucker, 1979-2005
  • Intake Attorney, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Family Court Division, Juvenile Unit, Youth Court Division, 1976


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, 1975
  • BS, Management & Finance, Central State University, 1972

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Bar of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Bar of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Judicare Program
  • National Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Rise when addressing the court and when making an objection. Address all remarks to the court and not to opposing counsel. Follow the Pennsylvania Code of Civility at all times. Do not bring food or beverages, apart from water, into the courtroom without the express advance permission of the court.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? All pre-trial motions must be written with specificity and filed pursuant to the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Judge Tucker runs his courtroom in a formal manner.

  • Does the court accept filings by e-mail? Fax: 215-686-7375