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Clerk of Court<br>Greene County Courthouse, 1st Floor<br>10 East High Street<br>Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Revision as of 17:47, 29 August 2012

WikiProject Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png Progress Chart Gotoarrow.png Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Court Records: 4

Contents

Description

The purpose of this task is to add the Orphans' Court information for your selected county.

Instructions

1. Find the heading Orphans' Court on your county page.  If there are the words See Vital Records in the heading, remove them. 

2. Place this template directly under the heading Orphans' Court.

{{PA court4}}

3. Add the Orphans' Court information to the Repository-Courthouse section of your couny page. Place this information following the Courthouse and before Prothonotary information.

4. To locate the county Orphans' Court, search the following websites:

  • Pennsylvania Courthouses Click at the bottom of the page under County Seats. Click on the highlighted county name to access the courthouse web site.
  • Google "[county name and state] Orphans' Court"

5. Add the following information:

  • Name of the Orphan's Court. If the court has a website, add the link to the name of the courthouse. See the example below. If there is no website link, bold the name of the court.
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email

Note: If the address for the courts is the same, you will only need to add telephone, hours, or other pertinent information to the Orphans' Court.


Put a <br> between each item and it will send the information to a new line.


6. If there are any unusual aspects to the Orphans' Court, add one or two sentences that discuss those strengths or peculiarities.

7. You may also wish to include the following:

  • Rules for using the Orphans' Court collections
  • Copy policies
  • Research help
  • Entrance policies

8. If you copy a link and add it to the county page, make sure the link works. Do not add any broken links.

9. If you need to use a dash, be sure to use the N–dash.  This is done by holding the Alt key and typing 0150.

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

11. Your task is complete.

Example

Completed Task

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.[1]

For WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 4 Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

Courthouse

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

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.[2] For the WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 4 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 4 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.[1]

For WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 4 Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

Example of Completed Repository-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

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-Court 4 Court Records in online catalogs like:

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