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== Instructions  ==
 
== Instructions  ==
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If your county does not share the Court of Common Pleas with a neighboring county, complete this task by following the directions in section A.
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If your county shares the Court of Common Pleas, you will not be able to add the template described in this task.  Instead, skip to section B. If you are unsure if your county shares the Court of Common Pleas see
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'''Section A'''
  
 
1. Add the clerk of court information by adding <nowiki> {{PA court2}}</nowiki>. Place this template in wikitext directly under the heading '''Clerk of Court'''.  
 
1. Add the clerk of court information by adding <nowiki> {{PA court2}}</nowiki>. Place this template in wikitext directly under the heading '''Clerk of Court'''.  
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4. If the address is different, the Clerk of Court address should be added under the courthouse information in the Repository-Courthouse information for your county page. Also add other contact information such as telephone number.&nbsp;
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4. If the address is different, the Clerk of Court address should be added under the courthouse information in the Repository-Courthouse information for your county page. Also add other contact information such as telephone number.&nbsp;  
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5. Your task is complete.
  
5. Your task is complete.
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== Example  ==
 
== Example  ==

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Contents

Description

The purpose of this task is to add the county clerk of court information.

Instructions

If your county does not share the Court of Common Pleas with a neighboring county, complete this task by following the directions in section A. If your county shares the Court of Common Pleas, you will not be able to add the template described in this task.  Instead, skip to section B. If you are unsure if your county shares the Court of Common Pleas see

Section A

1. Add the clerk of court information by adding {{PA court2}}. Place this template in wikitext directly under the heading Clerk of Court.

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. Verify that the address for the clerk of court is the same as the county courthouse. Use this link to verify the clerk of court address:

http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm

4. If the address is different, the Clerk of Court address should be added under the courthouse information in the Repository-Courthouse information for your county page. Also add other contact information such as telephone number. 

5. Your task is complete.

Section B

Example

Clerk of the Court  

The Clerk of Court 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 Court. 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 Green County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Court address see the Courthouse section on this page.

Example of Completed Courthouse Section

Courthouse  

Greene County Courthouse
10 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5280
 

Clerk of Court/ Orphan’s Court:
1st Floor
Phone: 724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282
 

Prothonotary
1st Floor
Phone: 724-852-5288 or 724-852-5289



Example of Completed Court Records Section

Court Records  

Court of Common Pleas  

Green County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Green County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and 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 FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center

Clerk of the Court  

The Clerk of Court 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 Court. 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.[2] For the Green County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Court address see the Courthouse section on this page. 

The Clerk of Court's Office encompasses the criminal, juvenile and orphans’ divisions of the Court of Common Pleas.
 

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 Green County, Pennsylvania County Prothonotary office information. 

The Prothonotary is the keeper/clerk of the records of the Court of Common Pleas civil division.
 

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.[3]  For Green County, Pennsylvania 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 Green County, Pennsylvania Court Records in online catalogs like: 


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