Pursuant to Judicial Administrative Order dated January 5, 2021, the Lancaster County Courthouse is closed to public access through February 15, 2021. All filings with the Prothonotary's Office shall be via mail or e-filing at
except for emergency matters which may be handled in person. Members of the public who are unable to conduct their official business by means other than in person may also be admitted.
Individuals wishing to contact the Prothonotary's Office are highly encouraged to use the department-specific emails located on our website or by calling the office's main phone number.
Andrew E. Spade, Prothonotary
RE: ACTION OF DIVORCE OR ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE
RULE 1920.42— Obtaining Divorce Decrees Under Section 3301(c) or Section 3301(d) of the Divorce Code
EFFECTIVE — OCTOBER 1, 2019 —AMENDED PRAECIPE TO TRANSMIT RECORD http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-4294/file-4572.pdf?cb=ab3649
Effective January 6, 2018, all documents filed in the Lancaster County Prothonotary Office must follow and comply with the AOPC’s Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts.
PRIOR TO FILING WITH THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE, PLEASE REFER TO THE PA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE AND LANCASTER LOCAL RULES OF COURT FOR APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS AND RULES.
About the Prothonotary
The Office of Prothonotary is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers for the civil side of the court system. These legal papers and documents can include topics and issues such as:
Mission: To fulfill the statutory responsibilities in as efficient, cost effective manner as possible, while focusing on providing exemplary customer service and utilizing automation to achieve both efficiencies as well as improved public access to the civil record of the court.