Prothonotary

Important Notice

Our office is currently CLOSED to the public coming into our office.  If you have an "Emergency" filing, it may be sent via facsimile (724) 431-1086 or email kferrari@co.butler.pa.us.  All regular filings should be sent via regular USPS or with another carrier.  You are also able to drop off filings at the security desk with the deputies that will, then, be delivered to our office.  If you would like a time-stamped copy returned to you, please include a SASE, or you may wait for the time stamp.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 724-284-5214 to see if we can help you remotely.  If you need to look up information on a docket, click on the Infocon hyperlink on the right-hand side of this page under Quick Links.    

Passport Information:    

At this time all passport services have been suspended by the Department of State. If you apply or renew your U.S. passport now, you will experience significant delays of several months.   Unless you have a life or death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.   You can visit travel.state.gov for more information.

Duties:

The Prothonotary’s office is where civil records are kept on a permanent basis. At this office you will find records accurately indexed in terms of name and case number. We became computerized in April of 1993 and began scanning records in April of 2001.

Civil Records

Some of the types of cases and actions that are filed with the Prothonotary include:

  • Administration of Oaths
  • Appeal of District Justice Decision
  • Appeal of Driver License Suspension
  • Appeal to a Higher Court
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Action Complaint
  • Commonwealth Tax Lien
  • Complaint in Ejectment
  • Custody
  • Determination of Inactivity
  • Divorce and Annulment
  • Federal Tax Lien
  • Genealogy
  • Judgment Note
  • Judgments
  • Mechanical Lien
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Municipal Lien
  • Naturalization
  • No Lien Court
  • Passports
  • Petition for the Opening of Ballot Boxes on recounts
  • Petition to Change Name
  • Praecipe Writ of Summons
  • Protection From Abuse
  • Quiet Title
  • Registration of Attorneys
  • Registration of Financial Statement
  • Return to Former Name after Divorce
  • Satisfactions and Discontinuances
  • School Audit Records
  • Transcripts
  • Writ of Execution/Writ of Possession
  • Zoning Appeal

All records in the Prothonotary’s Office are available to the public in our office, except on specific occasions when a record is sealed by Order of Court.  We maintain four computer terminals from which the general public, attorneys, abstractors, and others may obtain information. Individual documents as well as docket sheets (overviews of cases in order by the date of filings) may be printed for your use.  Photocopies are 50 cents and microfilm copies are $1.00 per page. 

Solicitor for the Prothonotary

The current Solicitor for the Prothonotary Office is Dorothy J. Petrancosta, Esquire. 

Related Resources

Find a list of resources related to the Prothonotary in the Resource Directory.

Disclaimer

The purpose of the information listed on this website is to be helpful to those who have questions. Please note that absolutely no information listed for the Prothonotary Office should be used as legal advice. Personnel in this office are not permitted to give any legal advice. If you have a question concerning a legal issue, please contact an attorney or if you would like to research something on your own, there is a law library located on the 3rd floor of the Government Center.  The law librarian will assist you in finding the electronic resources that you will study by yourself.