Prothonotary

NOTICE:

PROPOSED TERMINATION OF COURT CASES

The Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County intends to terminate cases without further notice because the docket shows no activity in the case for at least two years.

You may stop the Court from Terminating a case by filing a Statement of Intention to Proceed (filing fee is $35.00).  The Statement of Intention to Proceed should be filed with the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas at 50 N. Duke St., P.O. Box 83480, Lancaster, PA 17608-3480 on or before August 12, 2019.

IF YOU FAIL TO FILE THE REQUIRED STATEMENT OF INTENTION TO PROCEED, THE CASE WILL BE TERMINATED.

The complete list of proposed cases to be Terminated may be found on the left hand side of this page in the “Proposed Cases to be Terminated” section, along with the link to “Statement of Intention to Proceed.”

                                     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.