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 Are Civil Records available on line?

No, this service is NOT currently available. Please contact a local abstracting agency or you may come into the Prothonotary Office and access civil filing records via public search terminals; instruction for use are available.

 Do you have forms for all the filings?

​No, there are not forms available for everything filed in the Prothonotary Office. For a complete list see Forms on our homepage.

 How do I enter a Magisterial District Justice Judgment?
After 30 days from the day of your judgment, come into our office with the following: a CERTIFIED copy of the Judgment Transcript from the District Justice Office, a Certificate of Residence completed, dated, and signed by Plaintiff or attorney, Notice of Entry of Judgment – two (2) and a stamped, addressed envelope for each defendant. Refer to Forms Available and Fee Schedule on our homepage for the current filing fee.
 How do I file a Custody Complaint or Modify an existing Custody Order?
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT YOU IN A CUSTODY ACTION. However, if you choose to represent yourself (pro se), you will be held to the same standards required for attorneys and must follow all local and state Rules and Procedure. Please refer to the forms that are available under Self-Help Center on our home page and the Fee Schedule for the current filing fees.
 How do I file for a Divorce or Annulment?
Annulments are treated the same as Divorce. It is highly recommended that you consult an attorney; however, if you choose to represent yourself (pro se), you will be held to same standards required for attorneys and follow all local and state Rules and Procedure. Please refer to the forms that are available under Self-Help Center on our home page and the Fee Schedule for the current filing fees.
 How do I obtain a certified copy of my Divorce Decree?
You may come into our office or request it by mail. If you choose to request by mail the following information is required in your cover letter: docket number, plaintiff and defendants names and any additional information that may be helpful to us to locate your divorce decree. Include a Self-addressed-stamped envelope with your check or money order for processing. Refer to the Fee Schedule for the current Certification Fee.
 How do I obtain a Protection from Abuse Order?

Contact Survivors, Inc., at 717-334-9777 or Safe Home at 717-632-0007 or
MidPenn Legal Services, 128 Breckenridge Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 at 1-800-326-9177

 Official Name Change:
Petitions for a name change (adults and minors) are filed in this Office and may be obtained at Adams County Law Library located on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse. Refer to the Fee Schedule for the current filing fee.
 What do I need to renew my notary?
When you receive your bond, visit the Register & Recorders Office to file your bond then come to the Prothonotary Office to record your signature. Please refer to the Fee Schedule for the filing fee. Payment may be made by cash or check.
 What is the difference between Notice to Resume Prior Surname vs. Official Name Change?
To retake your maiden name after a divorce, see Forms Available on our home page and Refer to the To retake your maiden name after a divorce, see Forms Available on our home page and Refer to the Fee Schedule for the current filing fee.
 Where do I obtain a copy of my marriage license?

​Contact the Clerk of Courts Office.