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Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas - Clerk of Courts (Criminal)
Lancaster County Courthouse
50 N Duke St, PO Box 83480
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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas - Clerk of Courts (Criminal) as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts in Pennsylvania.
Searching Case Records
Court of Common Pleas Case Records
Search Court of Common Pleas civil and criminal case records by docket number, name, and other criteria. Additional search options include date of birth, county, docket type, case category, case status, and filing date range. 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
Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Calendars and Schedules
Search Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas daily calendar ("Court Schedule") by date, or by case ID, room, event type, case caption, court official, and name of party, attorney, or probation officer. Search room assignments by courtroom and date. Search the master calendar by year, court type, case type, and date. View the yearly preliminary hearing, arraignment, status, and pre-trial conference dates. View the yearly general schedule ("Court Calendar") by year.
Court of Common Pleas Calendars
Search Court of Common Pleas calendars by date, name, attorney information, docket number, and other criteria. Additional search options include judicial district, court office, calendar event type, and room. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries.
Published opinions and orders
Forms and related information
Lancaster County Courts Self-Help Forms and Information
View and download various form packets and instructions for use in Lancaster County courts from the Lancaster County Court Self Help Center. Links to additional information about emancipation of minors and guardianships are in the left column.
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, 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
Pay Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Court, and Philadelphia Municipal Court Fines, Costs, and Restitution
Pay Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Court, and Philadelphia Municipal Court fines, costs, and restitution online by citation number, payment plan number, docket number, or name. Additional search options include court type, offense date, year filed, date of birth, case type, case number, county, and court office. A convenience fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Case Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about criminal case matters in Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, including record searches, driver's license suspensions, expungement, restitution, appeals, and general matters. Additional information about expungement is available at the link in the left column.
Lancaster County Treatment Courts
View information about Lancaster County Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Treatment Court, and Veterans Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse and/or mental health problems. An application form is included.
Lancaster County Law Library
View information about the Lancaster County Law Library, including location, hours, available materials and services, and an online catalog search.
Lancaster County Domestic Violence Help
Domestic Violence Services provides emergency shelter, counseling, a legal clinic, transitional housing, and other services to victims of domestic violence. Answers to frequently asked questions and links to forms and additional online resources are at the bottom of the page.
Legal Issues Pamphlets
MidPenn Legal Services offers pamphlets in English and Spanish on a variety of legal issues, including consumer, education, employment, family, housing, benefits, and a guide to going to court.
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.
Children and Families in the Courts
Information for children and families involved in court proceedings, including interactive guides for children and information on parental rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legal Information and Publications
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers consumer information pamphlets on a variety of legal topics, public information campaign links, answers to frequently asked questions about working with a lawyer, and a legal guide for senior citizens.
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.
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.
Restoration of Driving Privileges
Information for persons who have had their Pennsylvania driver license suspended and want to have their driving privileges restored.
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
Lancaster County Bad Check Restitution and Prosecution
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office offers information about its Bad Check Restitution Program, with instructions for filing a report, eligibility criteria, tips for merchants, required forms, and a link to online filing for victims and online payments for check writers. A victim telephone hotline is also provided.
Lancaster County Victim and Witness Help
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office Victim & Witness Services program provides crime victims and witnesses with court handbooks, a description of the court process, case status notification, court accompaniment, counseling, referrals, and assistance with applications for return of property and victims' compensation. See links in the left column for additional information about child abuse cases, restitution, victims' compensation, and victims' rights.
Lancaster County Lawyer Referral
The Lancaster County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone. The referral fee includes an initial consultation with a lawyer.
Lancaster County Public Defender
View information about the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office, which provides free legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration.
Free Civil Legal Help for Central Pennyslvania
MidPenn Legal Services provides free civil legal advice, counseling, and representation for income-eligible residents of some central Pennsylvania counties. Some offices offer legal advice by telephone as well as in-person assistance. Click "Staff/Locations" in the left column for a directory of local offices
Free Legal Help Locations
View a list of Pennsylvania legal services providers, or search for local agencies with an interactive map.
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.
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.
Find Criminal Defense Attorneys
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers an online directory search and links to criminal justice information.
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.
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.
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.
Lawyer Referral Services
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service and lists local lawyer referral services by county.