Prothonotary

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION REGARDING SERVICES:

OPEN FOR PFAs & EMERGENCY FILINGS ONLY: 

         The Prothonotary’s Norristown Office (open 8:30am-4:15pm as of June 1, 2020) will be operating with a skeleton staff to process emergency filings which include Protections from Abuse (PFA). To obtain a PFA, petitioners should arrive no later than 12pm to ensure they are heard before the Court. 

NEW LANDLORD-TENANT OFFICE OPEN AS OF NOV. 2020:  

           The Prothonotary has a new Landlord-Tenant office in One Montgomery Plaza (on Swede Street across from the Norristown Courthouse) to process Landlord-Tenant appeals. Tenants applying for financial assistance should arrive before 2pm. Please see below for more information.

ELECTRONIC FILING AND MAIL/DROPBOX FILINGS ACCEPTED:

             Electronic filings and filings by mail or by dropbox (located in the Norristown Courthouse lobby) will still be accepted

QUESTIONS ABOUT EFILING & EFILING REJECTIONS? Email ProthyEfilingSupport@montcopa.org 

Our Willow Grove office will be closed until further notice. 

Passports services and the Filing Room are closed to the public. Please see below for certified copy request form.

Please visit https://montcopa.org/285/County-Courts for more details. Thank you for your understanding.

Appeal an Eviction from a magisterial district judge

Our Landlord-Tenant Office is in One Montgomery Plaza (on Swede Street, across from the Norristown Courthouse) and open from 9am to 3pm. Residents applying for financial assistance relative to their appeal should arrive before 2pm.

Press Release on New Landlord-Tenant Office in One Montgomery Plaza

How to Appeal Evictions

Cómo pueden los inquilinos apelar el desahucio

Supplemental Eviction Instructions

Please contact the Prothonotary Office at 610-278-3361 for more information on how to appeal an eviction. 

Appeal form

Supreme Court Cover Sheet

Filing fee: $294.50, to be paid for with cash, money order, or cashier's check. 

For financial assistance: In Forma Pauperis (IFP) form

If filing appeal more than 10 days from Magisterial District Judge's eviction decision, click here for nunc pro tunc form

RESOURCES

To be connected with health and human services in Montgomery County: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS  (610) 278-3522

Your way home emergency rent and utility coalition

Landlord-Tenant Forum Video
Thumbnail image for the Landlord Tenant  Forum video Opens in new windowLandlord-Tenant Forum addressing assistance for renters as well as eviction hearing procedures and appeals with Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Prothonotary Noah Marlier, District Judge Kate McGill, and NAACP leaders Diana Robertson and Eddie Graham. 

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA

625 Swede Street, Norristown

(610) 275-5400

To apply online, please visit www.lasp.org/apply 

Montgomery Bar Association

Lawyer Referral Service

100 W. Airy Street, Norristown

(610) 279-9660 (select Option 3)

Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania

P.O. Box 558, Fort Washington, PA 19034

Direct: (267) 419-8918

www.equalhousing.org

CERTIFIED DOCUMENT REQUESTS



Please fill out this form to request a certified copy by visiting our office or by submitting by mail. Requester is responsible for providing enough information to fulfil request.
Download Request for Purchase of Certified Document Form

Certified copies are $5.25 per certified document, plus $0.25 per page printed (a one-page certified document is $5.50). To purchase a certified copy, please fill out the above form and visit our office in Norristown or Willow Grove or mail a request to:

Prothonotary
Montgomery County Courthouse
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311 

Mailed-in requests should also include payment and a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

Duties of the Prothonotary


The Prothonotary is the elected civil clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for recording all civil procedures before the court. This official signs and seals all writs and processes numerous other documents of the Court of Common Pleas.

The Office of Prothonotary is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers of a widely diversified character such as:
  • Administers oaths and affirmations
  • Change of name
  • Custody
  • District Justice appeals
  • Divorce
  • Driver’s license suspension appeals
  • Federal income tax liens
  • Judgments
  • Mechanics liens
  • Medical malpractice
  • Personal injury
  • Protection from abuse
  • School audits

​PRESS RELEASES

Prothonotary’s Office Still Open to Process Protections from Abuse 4-23-2020
Noah Marlier Sworn In as Montgomery County Prothonotary 1-8-2020

This office also processes passport applications.


Origin of Prothonotary


The word Prothonotary is a Latin word meaning “first, chief or highest administrator” and the title dates back to the Court of Rome.

NEWSLETTERS


  

Services Offered


efiling & rejections questions
 
Civil Records

ProthyEfilingSupport@montcopa.org

610-278-3364
Divorce Records 610-278-3344
Electronic Filing 610-278-3361
Filing Civil Cases 610-278-3361
Name Change 610-278-3361
Naturalization Information 610-278-3857
Notary Certification 610-278-3361
Passports 610-278-3783
Protection From Abuse 610-278-1191