Template:PA Court Intro
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.
The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records of the Criminal division of Court of Common Pleas.
Court records are housed at the courthouse, with copies often at Pennsylvania State Archives and FamilySearch.
- The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
- Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)