Prothonotary


                                                          CASE TERMINATIONS

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.

NOTICE: Last day to file a "Statement of intention" will be June 17, 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.

 Passport applications will be handled by appointment only. They may be scheduled via phone or email.

                                                                 IMPORTANT NOTICE

                           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

  
                                                                   Notice:  

 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:

  • 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.