Civil Action

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.

**All paperwork for existing cases must include case number (CI-yy-xxxxx)**
**STATE AND LOCAL COVER SHEETS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL FILINGS, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED**
**Court Administration Office Scheduling Cover Sheet (CAOSCS) required for scheduling a hearing**
**All fees must be paid at the time of filing**
**For parties to receive copies, please include self-addressed, stamped envelopes**


Complaint


File the complaint with state and civil cover sheets. There is a fee for this filing.

Summons


File a praecipe to issue writ of summons with a writ of summons. You may download the writ from our forms library. There is a fee for this filing.
 

Writ of Revival


File the praecipe and writ of revival. The money amount must be the same or less than the original judgment. Include the certification of addresses. There is a fee for this filing.
 

Petition to Open / Strike Judgment


File the petition using the common pleas docket number of the judgment and an order. There is a fee for this filing. This does not require cover sheets.

Name Change


File a petition, order for a hearing, order for publication, and a decree. There is a fee for this filing.

You must publish in the Lancaster Law Review and the newspaper of largest circulation where the petitioner lives. You must be a resident of Lancaster County for five years; otherwise you must provide a search from all counties in which you have resided. See the Self Help Center for the forms to file and the fees for publishing.

Proof of publication may be filed, after publishing, or taken to the hearing. File an original and a copy.

Mechanics Lien Claim


File the mechanics lien claim with dollar amount of claim. Include addresses of the plaintiffs and defendants. There is a fee for this filing.
 

Miscellaneous Filing


Petitions, motions, preliminary objections, answers, entries / withdrawals of appearance, and demands for a jury trial do not require a fee. File an original and as many copies as you require back with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each party.
 
There is a fee for an order to settle, discontinue, and end, or an order to satisfy a judgment if the case was filed in 1992 or before. There may not be any fee for satisfactions of judgments or orders to settle, discontinue, and end filed in 1993 or later. There is a fee for all orders to vacate or strike. This does not require cover sheets.
 

Issuance of a Subpoena From Another State


File the Praecipe, Foreign Subpoena, Local Subpoena, Self Addressed Stamped Envelope for return service, A one time filing fee of $23.25 and $4.25 for each Local Subpoena issued.
  

Surety Bonds


File the financial statement and certificate of authority of Pennsylvania State. There is a fee for this filing.

Filing of Foreign Order


File a certified copy of the order with a certification of addresses. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Only a local cover sheet is required. There is a fee for this filing.

School Audit


File a signed audit. Include a copy of the first page and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your receipt and file number. There is a fee for this filing.

Building Agreements


Waiver of Liens or stipulations. There is a fee for this filing. This requires a Local Cover Sheet only.