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

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, and many other matters.[2]

  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)