The list of 2020/2021 Lancaster County Prothonotary cases that are pending Termination due to lack of prosecution pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 230.2 can be found via the “Case Terminations” link on the left-hand side of this webpage.
Effective December 1, 2021 the Lancaster County Prothonotary will no longer be accepting electronic filing of Judgment actions. As of this date, all filings must be made by hard copy in person or by mail/overnight carrier. The requirement of filing with service copies and envelopes/postage pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. No. 236(a) will be strictly enforced.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2021 THE LANCASTER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS WILL INITIATE A RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE DIVERSION PROGRAM. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Pursuant to Administrative Order of June 21, 2021, No. 553 Judicial Administration Docket from the PA Supreme Court, all COVID-related Administrative Orders are hereby terminated effective July 6, 2021.All mask mandated will end for all effective June 28, 2021.
Pursuant to Judicial Administrative Order dated May 26, 2021, the Lancaster County Courthouse is OPEN to the public pursuant to CDC guidelines. Filings are encouraged to continue via mail or electronic filing but there are no restrictions to filing in person. Requests for assistance are also encouraged to call or use the department-specific emails on the right-hand side of this website.
Effective immediately the Prothonotary Office will resume use of attorney boxes for distribution of permissible materials.
RE: ACTION OF DIVORCE OR ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE
RULE 1920.42— Obtaining Divorce Decrees Under Section 3301(c) or Section 3301(d) of the Divorce Code
EFFECTIVE — OCTOBER 1, 2019 —AMENDED PRAECIPE TO TRANSMIT RECORD http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-4294/file-4572.pdf?cb=ab3649
Effective January 6, 2018, all documents filed in the Lancaster County Prothonotary Office must follow and comply with the AOPC’s Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts.
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:
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.