Judge Carolyn H. Nichols, was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, and is assigned to the Criminal Trial Division, Major Trials. She is a Common Pleas Criminal Court Judge that protects the rights of crime victims and the accused with equal justice.

“I belive in equal access to justice for all Commonwealth citizens. “


The Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations

AFSCME District Council 13

AFSCME District Council 33

AFSCME District Council 47

District 1199C

Guardian Civic League

Laborers’ District Council

Laborers’ Local 332

Liberty City Democrats

Millennials in Action

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters



PA Planned Parenthood PAC

PA State Education Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Building Trades

Philly for Change

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers


Sheet Metal Workers Local 19

Steel City Stonewall Democrats


Carolyn has 20 years of public service, including Legislative Assistant to former Councilwoman Augusta Clarke; Assistant City Solicitor, General Counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Deputy Secretary of External Affairs for the Mayor’s Office, and Deputy Finance Director, Director of MBEC (Minority Business Enterprise Council). Carolyn was co-counsel for the Huntingdon Valley swimming pool racial discrimination case that received international attention in 2009. Carolyn received the City Office of Economic Opportunity’s Guardian of Economic Inclusion Award for her service as MBEC Director (2014). Judge Nichols was awarded the Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African Americans’ Award.