Honorable Marsha H. Neifield is President Judge of Philadelphia Municipal Court. Elected to the bench almost 20 years ago, she is currently responsible for judicial scheduling and supervision and oversees the administrative operations of both the criminal and the civil divisions of Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Judge Neifield is a recognized pioneer in streamlining the Philadelphia court system and encouraging court participation and collaboration with outside justice partners in restorative justice initiatives and programs. Some of these include Mental Health Initiatives, Veterans Court, The Domestic Violence Diversion Program, Accelerated Misdemeanor Program, Small Amount of Marijuana Program, Sexual Education and Responsibility Program. Each program uses a restorative approach to justice, providing individuals with tools and rehabilitative treatment necessary to improve lives, avoid a conviction, and reduce recidivism.
Most notably, Judge Neifield was instrumental in establishing Project Dawn court, a program designed specifically for victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
She is a member of the International Association of Woman Judges, participates in the Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s Institute To Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. In addition, President Judge Neifield has been a member of the board of directors for two area drug treatment facilities.
Judge Neifield is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, and Syracuse University. Prior to her election to the Municipal Court bench, Judge Neifield was a criminal and civil litigator in private practice and served as as a public defender in Bucks County and Philadelphia.