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PA court1 court records are housed at the PA court1 Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.
For information about records kept in the Orphan's court, Prothonotary Court, Court of Common Pleas, and other courts in counties of Pennsylvania, visit the [[Pennsylvania Court Records|Pennsylvania Court Records]] Wiki page.<noinclude>[[Category:Templates for PA pages]]</noinclude>
The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.<ref>Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, ''Clerk of Courts'' in [http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm] (accessed 25 Aug 2012)</ref> For the {{PAGENAME}} Clerk of Courts address see the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|Courthouse]] section on this page.
The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|Courthouse]] section on this page for the {{PAGENAME}} Prothonotary office information.
[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|See Vital Records]] <br> The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.
It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.<ref>The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012</ref>
For {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;Orphans' Court contact information see the&nbsp;[[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|Courthouse]] section on this page.  
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For information about records kept in the Orphan's court, Prothonotary Court, Court of Common Pleas, and other courts in counties of Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Court Records Wiki page.