Template:PA Court Intro

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The Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, family court, and more.

The Orphans' Court is covers matters of a person or thing that is "without protective affiliation or sponsorship", such as, minors, incapacitated persons, and decedents' estates.[1]

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records of the Criminal division of Court of Common Pleas.[2]

Court records are housed at the courthouse, with copies often at Pennsylvania State Archives and FamilySearch.

  1. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  2. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)