Prothonotary

    On Friday, May 27, 2022 between 12 p.m. and 12:45 p.m., the Office of the Prothonotary will not have internet or telephone access. The Office will remain open during this time period.

   Pursuant to the Amended Administrative Order for Lancaster County Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program filed March 7, 2022:  Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Actions are permitted to be electronically filed effective March 21, 2022.  For purposes of this Program the Lancaster County Prothonotary will maintain all documents in electronic format and will not maintain a paper file.


Pursuant to the Amended Administrative Order for Lancaster County Consumer Credit Card Collection Diversion Program filed February 4, 2022:  Credit Card Debt Collection Actions are permitted to be electronically filed effective February 15, 2022.  For purposes of this Program the Lancaster County Prothonotary will maintain all documents in electronic format and will not maintain a paper file.


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

                    https://www.court.co.lancaster.pa.us/260/Foreclosure-Diversion-Program

  

             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 mandate will end for all effective June 28, 2021.

 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.