The Court of Common Pleas of Chester County is a general jurisdiction trial court located in West Chester. There are currently 13 full-time Judges (including 3 D’s and 10 R’s) and 1 Senior Judge, and 2 openings on the 2021 ballot. Voters can therefore vote for both Dem candidates: Alita Rovito and Tony Verwey, who are the only 2 candidates who earned the highest rating of “qualified” from the Chesco Bar Association.
Alita Rovito believes that a good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and the experience and compassion to apply the law with fairness and respect. She has 33 years legal expertise serving the citizens of Chester County. She is the only candidate for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas with 15 years of judicial experience as a hearing officer in the Family Court Masters Unit. She has served as an educator for other attorneys through continuing legal education, as a Mock Trial coach for high school and college students, as a Moot Court judge for college students, as a leader for the Girl Scouts, as a board member for the Crime Victims Center, and as a volunteer for the Access to Justice Program. Alita is a graduate of Penn State University and Dickinson School of Law. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County and was the first managing attorney of the Chester County’s Child Abuse Unit. She is the founding member of Rovito Law LLC, where she represents men and women in all aspects of family law. She has served as an advocate, mediator, and private arbitrator. Alita’s experience, both personal and professional, makes her uniquely qualified to be a compassionate and fair Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.
Alita served for 15 years as a hearing officer in the Family Court Masters Unit. What does that mean? She explains
As a hearing officer for the Family Court Masters’ Unit, I presided over a courtroom, swore in and listened to witnesses testify, judged credibility, and wrote extensive reports outlining my opinions, based on the facts and the law applicable, in resolution of the case presented. I made legal recommendations for custody disputes, child and spousal support matters, and the distribution of assets in divorce cases. I always first tried to help parties mediate their disputes. When that was not possible, I made the decision and rendered judgment. Having already acted in a judicial capacity, I will be ready to go on day one.
More from Alitaabout herself
As a young adult, I experienced a traumatic loss; I was given the compassion and support that I needed. My experience taught me resilience and forward thinking, and made me stronger. It has given me the ability to look beyond the single event or moment in time that brings someone into a courtroom and to be able to consider an individual’s whole life. My experience has given me the compassion and perspective to render a judgement that is fair for all. Chester County is my home, where I have lived and raised my daughters for the past 33 years. I have been in-house counsel, served as an Assistant District Attorney and run a private practice specializing in family law.
Outside of the courtroom, serving others has guided my life, working with young women in the Girl Scouts for seven years, coaching high school and college students in Mock Trial, serving on the board of the Crime Victim’s Center, and teaching religious education. My goal is, and always has been, to make Chester County the best place it can be.
I believe that my personal and professional experiences, my life-learned compassion, my actual judicial experience and my demonstrated ability to be fair make me uniquely qualified. A good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and the background to apply the law with fairness and respect. My professional experiences, as an attorney and as a hearing officer, have uniquely prepared me to serve as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.