Prothonotary

NOTICE: REVISED CIVIL COVER SHEET

The local - civil cover sheet located in forms has been revised. The Municipality (Township) information is being added to the cover sheet for statistic purposes. This information is required for filing.

Thank you for your assistance with this change.
Prothonotary


NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL FEE INCREASE

Beginning August 8, 2014, the AOPC has increased the JCP fee an additional $2.00. This fee increase affects new civil filings. Please refer to the fee bill located on this website for the correct filing fees.

Prothonotary Office can only accept filings with the correct fees.

Thank You.

Advisory


False “Court Case” Email Scam


The Lancaster County Prothonotary wants to warn the public about a computer virus that comes in an email falsely claiming to be about a court case. The email alerts recipients about an upcoming court case; however, the email is a scam, and opening any attachment or clicking on any link in the message triggers a malicious program that infects the recipient’s computer. The email is not from the courts nor is it about a court case.

If you receive an email with a subject line such as “Hearing of your case in Court” or “Notice to Appear in Court,” computer experts recommend the following:

--Do not open any attachments, click on any links, or unsubscribe. Doing so may install the malware/virus onto your computer.

--Delete the email.

The email is not from the Prothonotary’s Office nor is it about a real court case.  The Prothonotary’s Office does not send out email notices about court dates.

The email may read something like this:

From: Notice to Appear
Subject: Hearing of your case in Court NR#6976

Notice to Appear,

Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court of Washington in January 9, 2014 at 10:00 am. Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to Court on your hearing date.

The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.
Please, read it thoroughly.

Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.

Yours truly,

Alison Smith
Clerk to the Court

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Our new case management system is now live. Please delete any previous bookmark you had for the Civil Court Records Search as the link has changed. You may access the Records Search by clicking on the link at the left and add it to your bookmarks again. For searching assistance, please review these instructions.


NOTICE: Please check out the PRELIMINARY Termination List on the left hand side navigation bar for a list of cases that are up for termination. We anticipate mailing the notification letters in the beginning of June 2014.

PRIOR TO FILING WITH THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE, PLEASE REFER TO THE PA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE AND LANCASTER LOCAL RULES OF COURT FOR APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS AND RULES.

About the Prothonotary
The Office of Prothonotary is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers for the civil side of the court system. These legal papers and documents can include topics and issues such as:
  • Accepts passport applications
  • Administers oaths
  • Appeals
  • Change of names
  • Civil actions
  • Conducts ceremonies for naturalization
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Issues certificates
  • Judgments
  • Mechanical, municipal, county, and state and federal income tax liens
  • Mental commitments
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Petitions for opening ballot boxes on recounts
  • Power of attorney registrations
  • Protection from abuse
  • Quiet titles
  • School audit reports
  • Treasurer sale deed records


Mission: To fulfill the statutory responsibilities in as efficient, cost effective manner as possible, while focusing on providing exemplary customer service and utilizing automation to achieve both efficiencies as well as improved public access to the civil record of the court.