The office performs a wide variety of services for the public: keeping records for the court of common pleas, roll call for jurors, civil court proceedings for suits, appeals, repossession of goods, action on contracts and accidental death and injury. The office also maintains records of common transactions, such as name changes, state sales tax liens, power of attorney, divorce decrees, passports, and suspension of driver license, judgments, unemployment compensation liens, power of attorney, divorce testimony, naturalization records, and arbitration funds. The Prothonotary’s Office serves individuals filing for a criminal charge to be expunged from their record.
This officer serves for a four-year term. The term “Prothonotary” or first notary is actually defined as keeper of the records. It is the Clerk of Courts duty to keep records pertaining to all civil cases and establish books and dockets for maintenance of these records.