Duties of the Prothonotary

The Prothonotary is the elected civil clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for recording all civil procedures before the court. This official signs and seals all writs and processes numerous other documents of the Court of Common Pleas.

The Office of the Prothonotary is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers of a widely diversified character such as:

  • Change of Name
  • Custody
  • District Court Appeals
  • Divorce
  • Driver’s License Suspension Appeals
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Federal Income Tax Liens
  • Judgments
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Protection From Abuse (PFA)

This office also processes passport applications by appointment only.  

Services Offered - please note we accept cash (as close to exact amount as possible), money orders, and attorney checks. We do not accept personal checks or credit/debit cards.

Civil Case Filing610-278-3361
Civil Records610-278-3364
Divorce Records610-278-3344
Electronic Filing (E-Filing)610-278-3361
E-Filing and Rejections
Name Change610-278-3361
Notary Certification610-278-3361
Passports 610-278-3783
Protection From Abuse (PFA)610-278-1191

The Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania requires filers to safeguard confidential information using only a Confidential Information Form. 

Support/Exceptions are to be filed in the Domestic Relations office. 

Electronic filings and filings by mail or by dropbox (located in the Norristown Courthouse lobby) will still be accepted. 

If you are an e-filer who is not receiving notifications of filings in your email, please click here. You are always able to access your messages in your online profile. 

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