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Greene County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the [[Greene County, Pennsylvania#Courthouse|Greene County, Pennsylvania Courthouse]]. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the [http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/rg47m.htm Pennsylvania State Archives] or in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available for your county, FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]].   
 
Greene County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the [[Greene County, Pennsylvania#Courthouse|Greene County, Pennsylvania Courthouse]]. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the [http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/rg47m.htm Pennsylvania State Archives] or in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available for your county, FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]].   
  
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Revision as of 21:30, 5 September 2012

WikiProject Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png Progress Chart Gotoarrow.png Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Court Records: 1

Contents

Description

The purpose of this task is to add the introduction template and the court of common pleas information.

Instructions

1. Add the court records introduction by adding {{PA court1}}. Place this template directly under the heading Court Records.

2. Verify that the link to Courthouse within the template is working for your county. If it is not and you need help fixing this link, contact Lisa.

3. Add the following sentences in wikitext under the heading Court of Common Pleas:

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. {{PAGENAME}} County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>

5. Go to http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/listofcounties.htm

a. Scroll the left-hand column for your county in alphabetical order. Note the county's district number.
b. Go to the right-hand column and search by district number.
c. If you county shares a district number with another county, you will need to edit the just-added sentence (Your county) County has its own judicial district.
d. In wikitext insert in its place
{{PAGENAME}} County shares its judicial district with [[(County name) County, Pennsylvania|(County name) County]].
e. Type the "other" county name in the parentheses and remove the parentheses--both times.
f. If you county does not share its judicial district, no changes are needed.

6. Your task is complete.




Example  

Completed Task  

Court of Common Pleas  

Greene County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Greene County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives or in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available for your county, FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center.


Example of Completed Court Section  

Court Records  

Court of Common Pleas  

Greene County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Greene County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives or in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available for your county, FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center

Clerk of the Court

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[1] For the WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 1 Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


Prothonotary

The office of the Prothontary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax leins, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 1 Prothonotary office information.


Orphans' Court

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[2]

For WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 1 Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.


Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 1 Court Records in online catalogs like:



  1. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  2. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012