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Chester County Court of Common Pleas - Prothonotary (Civil)
Chester County Justice Center
201 W Market St, #1425
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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas - Prothonotary (Civil) as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts in Pennsylvania.
Search court case records
Court of Common Pleas Case Records
Search Court of Common Pleas civil and criminal case records online. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries. Some future docket events will be included. Some Philadelphia Municipal Court cases will be included when searching Philadelphia County.
Criminal Charge Information in Custody Cases
A call-in system allows parties in child custody cases to learn if anyone involved in the case has been charged with certain crimes. Registration is required, but is free of charge.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Chester County Court of Common Pleas Trial Lists and Schedules
View the Chester County Court of Common Pleas civil, criminal, miscellaneous, and equitable distribution trial lists. Annual judicial and legal calendar schedules are also provided. Links are under the "Schedules" heading in the middle of the page.
Court of Common Pleas Calendars
Search Court of Common Pleas calendars online. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View selected Pennsylvania Attorney General official opinions since 1994 by date, title, and subject. Full annual and multi-year volumes of opinions from earlier years may be downloaded.
Forms and related information
Chester County Law Library Forms
The Chester County Law Library provides downloadable civil, criminal, divorce, and Orphans' Court forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts.
Child Support Forms
View and download various forms for use in Pennsylvania child support actions.
Forms and Instructions
View and download various civil, criminal, expungement, landlord-tenant, record request, protection from abuse, Orphans' Court, dependency, delinquency, family law, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
Consumer Complaint Forms
The Pennsylvania Attorney General offers online and printable complaint forms including consumer, do not call, spam and junk mail, health care, insurance fraud, elder abuse, civil rights, and charity.
Online fine payments
Self help, legal research, general information
Chester County Arbitration
View information about Chester County arbitration, which can help parties in civil cases resolve disputes without going to trial. Arbitration is mandatory for cases involving $50,000 or less which do not involve title to real property.
Chester County Domestic Relations
View information about the Chester County Domestic Relations Office, which handles child support establishment and enforcement. Links to forms, guidelines, and instructions for starting a case are included.
Chester County Protection From Abuse
View information about Protection From Abuse Orders in Chester County, including the effect of an order, how to file a petition, how to obtain after-hours help, hearing procedure, and and resources for victims of domestic violence.
Chester County Uncontested Divorce
View information about uncontested or no-fault divorce procedure in Chester County, including links to required forms and lawyer referral.
Chester County Domestic Violence Help
The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County provides information about domestic violence, a 24-hour hotline, links to community resources, and services such as counseling, emergency shelter, and housing. Legal assistance is also available.
Chester County Local Rules
View the local civil, family, criminal, juvenile, and Orphans' Court rules of Chester County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts.
Chester County Victim Help
The Crime Victim Center of Chester County provides assistance to victims of crime, including 24-hour hotlines, crisis response, information about victims' rights and protection orders, referrals, prison release notification, and assistance with filing claims for compensation and restitution.
Child Support Information
View information for parties paying and receiving child support, including application instructions, payment estimates, paternity establishment, a glossary of terms, answers to frequently asked questions, a handbook, and forms. Searches for payment and docket information require registration.
Problem Solving Court Information
View information about Drug, Juvenile Drug, DUI, Mental Health, and Veterans Courts. These are specialized divisions of Courts of Common Pleas that can set up treatment and supervision in lieu of incarceration for some non-violent offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems. Scroll down the page for links to each type of Problem Solving Court; information includes maps of court locations for each type of court, a list of program coordinators by county, and a list of all courts by type.
Search Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure (General and Orphans' Court), Rules of Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Rules, and Minor Court Civil Rules (Magisterial District Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Court) by keyword, or browse by table of contents. Court Rules are part the Pennsylvania Code, a compilation of administrative rules. Court Rules are found in titles 225 through 246, the last titles in the compilation.
Domestic Violence Resources
View information about domestic violence, find links to state and national resources, learn about domestic violence by topic or from a downloadable publication, and find local shelters and other domestic violence services by county.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Pennsylvania, including local housing counseling agencies, emergency mortgage assistance, and a link to legal aid providers.
Guide to Pennsylvania Court System
View a guide to the court system in Pennsylvania, including how the courts are organized and what types of cases they hear. Answers to frequently asked questions and a downloadable brochure are provided.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including consumer, children and families, employment, health, housing, benefits, disability, education, elder law, immigrant and migrant issues, and veterans and military.
View information about mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Click "Find a Mediator" to search for Pennsylvania mediators by specialty and county.
Official Pennsylvania Statutes, Laws, and Constitution
Search the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or citation, or browse by table of contents. Search the Unconsolidated Statutes by keyword or act number, or browse by act name. Browse the Constitution by table of contents.
Pennsylvania Unofficial Statutes
Search the unofficial version of Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or statute number, or browse by table of contents. Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes (P.S.) are an unofficial compilation of laws that have not been consolidated by the legislature into the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
View information for parties representing themselves in Pennsylvania courts, including an introductory video and forms and instructions for custody, divorce, and protection from abuse cases.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers information about traffic and motor vehicle laws, licensing, restoration of licenses, and other motor vehicle issues.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Chester County Lawyer Referral and Legal Assistance
The Chester County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service to Chester County residents who can afford an attorney, and an Access to Justice program which provides free legal services to eligible people who cannot afford an attorney. Information legal aid, fee dispute, mediation, and settlement programs is also available.
Chester County Public Defender
View information about the Chester County Public Defender's Office, which provides free representation to indigent defendants facing possible incarceration.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Legal Help
The Women's Resource Center offers low-cost legal consultations with family law attorneys for issues including divorce, custody, and child support in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
Attorney Information and Status
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Pennsylvania by name, attorney ID, city, and county. Results include attorney status and whether and attorney has been subject to discipline.
Complaints Against Attorneys
View instructions for filing a complaint against an attorney with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. A link to the complaint form is included.
Complaints Against Judges
View information on filing a complaint against a Pennsylvania judge with the Judicial Conduct Board. A link to the complaint form is included.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Public Protection Division offers information about its services, including legal action based on complaints, a mediated restitution program, a specialized Health Care Section, and links to complaint forms and brochures.
Find Criminal Defense Attorneys
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers an online directory search and links to criminal justice information.
Find Free Legal Assistance
Search for providers of free legal services by location and legal issue, or view a directory of providers in alphabetical order.
Free Legal Help Locations
View a list of Pennsylvania legal services providers, including contact information and links to their websites. Search for resources by keyword and topic, Search for local agencies with an interactive map.
Lawyer Referral Services
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee. A list of local lawyer referral services by county is also provided..