Kelly A. Lawver, the Clerk of Orphans' Court is an elected officer of the Court and has custody of the seal of the Court. She is elected by the people of Adams County, and commissioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In Adams County, Orphans' Court is combined within the Clerk of Courts Office. The name "Orphans' Court" comes from a definition from the 18th century as a person lacking protection. It is used today to define a child whose parents have passed away. Orphans' Court was established to protect personal and property rights of individuals that cannot otherwise manage their own affairs.
Since Kelly's first term, she has worked at becoming more efficient while providing dignified, respectful and efficient service to all members of the community. Due to her efforts, she was able to eliminate TWO staff positions through attrition in 2012. In 2013, she had placed another position "on hold", again through attrition, until the job description could be updated and adopted as a part-time position. In 2015, a full-time position was merged within another position instead of filling a vacancy. In August 2020, another position was eliminated through attrition and merged with another position.
Kelly has automated the Orphans' Court Office and now offers FREE access to the Orphans' Court index dating back to 1800. For more information, go to Case Search.