Bucks County has a new President Judge ready to lead the court system in its pursuit of justice. Wallace “Skip” Bateman Jr., 61, will serve in the position for five years, supervising 13 other judges and more than 500 employees throughout the county.

The Honorable Wallace H. “Skip” Bateman Jr.

Bateman’s fellow Common Pleas Judges elected him unanimously after serving a decade in the position. 

“It’s very humbling, and I’m honored to be selected by my colleagues,” Bateman Jr. said. “They are all dedicated and hardworking people that I respect very much, so it’s very much an honor to be chosen by them.

Outgoing President Judge Finley spoke highly of his successor, complementing Bateman Jr.’s demeanor and attitude. 

“I’ve known Skip since we served together in the District Attorney’s office,” Finley said. “He has a wide range of experience, is even-tempered and open to suggestions, and has the respect of the bench and the Bucks County Bar.”

Batemen Jr. earned a B.S. in Business Administration from LaSalle University before getting his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law in 1982. He was an Assistant and Deputy D.A. from 1982 until 1987.

Batemen Jr. then went into private practice and worked at Grim, Biehn & Thatcher for 21 years. His wide range of experience in law makes him a prime candidate for the position, but still expresses humility.

“I know how hard he worked and all that he accomplished,” Batemen Jr. said of following Finley’s footsteps. “I hope that I can follow the example he set.”