The Prothonotary is operating with a limited staff. Our current hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
If a document does not need to be filed, please consider delaying filing until normal operations have resumed. In the meantime, we will still process any filings received by mail or electronically via File & ServeXpress here:
We will also be available via phone or email to address any concerns. Thank you for your patience and understanding
EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 THE OFFICE OF THE PROTHONOTARY WILL NOT ACCEPT PASSPORT APPLICATIONS UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO:
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.