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Prothonotary / Clerk of the Courts
The Clerk of Courts' main responsibility is to act as custodian for all criminal court records. These records consist of motions, pleadings, transcripts and any other filing that is related to a criminal case. There does exist some responsibilities that are civil in nature such as maintaining road dockets, liquor board matters, and other miscellaneous dockets. These civil responsibilities only account for a small percentage of the Clerks' responsibilities. Again, the major concern is criminal records.
The Clerk of Orphans' Court serves as the filing office for the miscellaneous division of the Common Pleas Court. Actions filed in this office include Accounts, Adoptions, Appeals, Claims against estates, Guardianship, Minors' estates, Small estate proceedings, and Trusts. This division is also responsible for taking marriage applications and issuing licenses for couples who wish to be married in Pennsylvania.