Betty McHugh, District Judge (East Side of Cheltenham Twp)

Magisterial District Judge, Elizabeth A. McHugh, Esq., was appointed to office in 2004 filling the position left by her deceased husband, Michael F. McHugh, Esq.  She has since been re-elected for 2 additional terms.  Her Judicial District includes the Township of Cheltenham and Jenkintown Borough.  Judge McHugh has also served as Vice President and then President of the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania and currently sits on the Judicial Liaison Committee.  During her tenure, she has been awarded the Golden Slipper Award, Outstanding Citizenship Award, and the “Making A Difference in Cheltenham” Award.

Prior to her position as Magisterial District Judge, Elizabeth was a partner at McHugh & McHugh and practiced in the areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Medical Malpractice, Estate & Wills, and Social Security.  During her practice, she often sat as an Arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.

She is the mother of 6 children with her late husband, Michael F. McHugh and 2 stepchildren with her husband, Brian Casey. She has 6 grandchildren to date.  She is a member of St. James Parish and has been on Parish Council. She was a member of the Elkins Park Rotary Club from 2005 until it disbanded in 2010 and is currently a member of the Jenkintown Rotary Club.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Elkins Park Fire Company.

Judge McHugh graduated from Temple Law School in 1986 and was given the Award for Outstanding Advocacy.  She graduated LaSalle College in 1978 (Cum Laude).   She served  in the Army Reserves from 1974 to 1977 and was awarded Outstanding Trainee.