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Court ordered restitution is collected by the Clerk of Courts office and is distributed to victims of crimes.  Those victims can be an individuals or an organization.  Individuals move and sometimes businesses close and the Clerk of Courts office is unable to locate the victims.  Even when businesses close, the money must be disbursed to the rightful owner.   On occasion, we could also have a refund due to a defendant for an overpayment. 

Below you will find two separate reports of victims that we are trying to locate.  The first list is for those victims that we are searching for in which we have already collected restitution. Upon receiving a valid, confirmed address, we will disburse those funds.  If we are unable to find these victims by March 15th, the money will be transferred to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department - Unclaimed Property.    The other list is for victims that have been awarded restitution but we have yet to collect the funds from the responsible participant and the contact information for the victim is not accurate.   Please review both lists and if you know any of these people, please let them know we are looking for them.  

To update your contact information, please click on the mailbox below. Upon submitting the updated information, the Clerk of Courts and Victim Witness will be notified.  The Victim Witness Department will verify the contact information that was submitted and then funds will be disbursed by the Clerk of Courts according to the updated information we received.  Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive the funds.    You may also print the Change Address Form and mail it to the Clerk of Courts Office or drop it off in the drop boxes located outside the front doors of the Courthouse.  Victims are also encouraged to search the PA Dept of Treasury Unclaimed Property to ensure funds have not previously been escheated to the State. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us by calling 717-337-9806 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

The purpose of the Highlights Report is to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the filings and pending inventories of the courts.  The year-to-date report summarizes caseload statistics as they are received by the judicial districts each month; accordingly, the figures are preliminary and subject to change, but are accurate representations of the direction and magnitude of changes in case flow.