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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Lancaster County Orphans' Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts in Pennsylvania.
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Lancaster County Probate Records
Search Lancaster County Register of Wills probate records online.
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
Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Calendars and Schedules
Search Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas daily calendar ("Court Case Schedule") online. 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 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 author and requesting agency. Full annual and multi-year volumes of opinions from earlier years may be downloaded.
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, delinquency, family law, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
View and download attorney complaint forms and instructions in English and Spanish from the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Consumer Complaint Forms and Information
The Pennsylvania Attorney General offers online and printable consumer complaint forms and downloadable brochures for general consumer issues, seniors, health care, medicare fraud, insurance fraud, and veterans' issues.
Online Self-Help Forms
PALawHelp offers do-it-yourself forms and instructions organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process. Instructions and additional self-help resources are provided.
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. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Lancaster County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition and License Suspension Information
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office offers information about its DUI and Non-DUI Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) programs, which can allow some first-time offenders to avoid a trial and conviction. Information about driver's license suspensions is also available.
Lancaster County Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Lancaster County Bar Association offers a dispute resolution program which includes arbitration and mediation, and can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to agreement forms are included.
Lancaster County Domestic Violence Help
Community Action Partnership provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, counseling, and other services to victims of domestic violence.
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 Local Court Rules
View the local rules of Lancaster County courts, including civil, criminal, Orphans' Court, and Magisterial District Courts.
Lancaster County Protection from Abuse Filing, Fees, and Withdrawals
View information about filing of Protection from Abuse (PFA) petitions in Lancaster County, fees for PFA orders, and instructions for withdrawing/dropping an order.
Lancaster County Protection from Abuse Information
View information about Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders and hearings in Lancaster County. Links to information about who, where, and how to file are in the left column. Links to forms are in the right column.
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.
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.
Glossary of Legal Terms
View a glossary of legal terms used in the Pennsylvania courts.
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.
Legal Information for Seniors
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a guide to legal issues for seniors.
Legal Information Publications
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers informational pamphlets on a various legal topics.
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.
Restoration of Driving Privileges and Vehicle Registration
View instructions and forms for restoration of driver's licenses and vehicle registration, from the Pennsylvania Department of Transporation.
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
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 Domestic Violence Legal Assistance
Community Action Partnership provides legal services to victims of domestic violence.
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, and for some juvenile matters.
Lancaster County Victim and Witness Help
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office Victim & Witness Services program provides crime victims and witnesses with information about the criminal justice process and victims' rights, a court handbook, case status notification, court accompaniment, counseling, referrals, and assistance with applications for return of property and victims' compensation.
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 "Locations" in the drop-down menu for a directory of local offices
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, the Bureau of Consumer Protection and its mediated restitution program, a specialized Health Care Section, and the Office of Consumer Advocate. The Bureau of Consumer Protection provides an online complaint form.
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..
Senior Citizens Legal Assistance
View information about legal assistance available to elder Pennsylvania residents.