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Department of Court Services

Administration
The Administration division of the Department of Court Services is responsible for coordinating the programs and services provided by the department as well as county record management and departmental financial reporting. This division provides administrative support to the following Court Services Offices:

Vacant, Director of Court Services – (610) 559-3091

Archives
Effective Wednesday, April 3, 2013 the Archives Building will be relocated in Forks Township at 999 Conroy Place, Easton PA  18042. (Click here for directions). The Archives Division is responsible for administering the County’s records management program as well as preserving historic and recent day records. The Archives Building's hours of operation are as follows: Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, please contact: Archives Officer - Renee A. Drago (610) 829-1220 or email: rdrago@northamptoncounty.org


Civil Division
Office of the clerk of court-civil more commonly known as the prothonotary's office.

The primary function of this office is to docket and file all legal documents pertaining to civil cases, such as divorce and custody complaints, civil lawsuits, equity actions, mortgage foreclosure actions and indexing of judgments as well as federal and commonwealth tax liens. The office issues writs of execution for sheriff sales on real estate and personal property. The office also processes passport applications for the Philadelphia Passport Agency. Twice a year we assist in the process of naturalization of new citizens.

The office also dockets all protection from abuse matters. The protection from abuse clerks assist the victim with the paper work to be filled out and with the help of court administration to get the victim before a judge for a temporary abuse order and at a later date a final order.

The office consists of the clerk of court-civil/ prothonotary, 3 deputy prothonotaries who have the authority to sign documents on behalf of the prothonotary and assist in supervising the office, 6 clerks who process civil matters 2 clerks who process protection from abuse cases and a file clerk.

Click here for fee schedule.

Clerk of Court of Civil Division – Holly Ruggiero 559-3060

Criminal Division
The Criminal division, is responsible for the docketing, retrieval and maintenance of documents pertaining to criminal and miscellaneous court matters. Criminal matters are disposed by jury trial, non-jury trial, guilty plea or acceptance into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. This office records the disposition of cases and collects and disburses to the proper recipient all fines, fees, costs collected help to defray the cost of operating the office and criminal justice system. Bail is set by the court and posted in this office.

Clerk of Court Criminal Division – Leigh Ann Fisher (610) 559-3087

Electronic payments now being accepted for Northampton County Criminal Court Cases (Common Pleas/Municipal Court) with outstanding costs/fees, please click the link below for more information. 

EPAY - Criminal Case Costs/Fees

Orphans Court
The Orphans Court Division is responsible for the docketing, filing, retrieval and maintenance of documents pertaining to adoptions and termination of parental rights, guardianships for miners and adjudication's of incapacity, and other dependency matters relating to juveniles. The office maintains the accounting and distribution of estates scheduled for audit by the court. In addition, escrow accounts are held by the office pending distribution by court order. The division is also responsible for maintaining records of marriages and issuing marriage licenses and certificates. Birth and death records from 1893 to 1936 are on file in this office and certificates are issued upon request. Subsequent years information is maintained by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania' s Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Clerk of Orphans Court – Gina X. Gibbs (610) 559-3095

Click here for a link to Orphans' Court forms and applications

Protection From Abuse
Under the Protection from Abuse Act, you may file for an order if the person who has or is trying to harm you is/was your Spouse; was living with you in a common-law marriage or as your boyfriend/girlfriend; the parent of your child; your child; was a sexual or intimate partner; your parent; or related to you by blood or marriage.  The Act does not cover emotional or mental abuse.

To file for a PFA order in Northampton County, go to the Protection From Abuse office, located on the first floor of the Northampton County Courthouse, 669 Washington St, Easton PA  18042.  The filing hours are from 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Motions' Judge hears PFA cases at 9:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. everyday.  There is no fee to file a PFA.

Once at the PFA Office, a staff will take your petition with the allegations of abuse.  You will be escorted to the Motions' Judge chambers or courtroom to talk with the Judge, who will decide on granting or denying your petition.  If a temporary order is granted, you will return to the PFA Office for a copy of the order with the hearing date on.

This hearing date is within ten (10) business days of the temporary order.  The County Sheriff's Department will attempt to serve the defendant with notice of the temporary PFA and the hearing date.  It is important that the petitioner provide an address of residency, employment, etc. to the PFA Office so that the Sheriff can affect service upon the defendant.

The petitioner must appear promptly for the hearing, as scheduled, to avoid having the case dismissed.  If the defendant has not been served prior to the hearing Court will grant an extension order.  This extension order will be issued for a period of up to three (3) years.  Upon being served, the defendant may request a hearing in this matter be scheduled, by contacting the PFA Office.

For further information on Protection From Abuse Orders, victims are encouraged to call the Northampton County Protection From Abuse Office at 610 559-3061.

Register Of Wills
The Register of Wills is responsible for the docketing, filing, retrieval and maintenance of documents pertaining to estates of decedents from the year 1752 to the present, including estate administration when there is no will. The office is responsible for collecting, recording, and disbursing county fees and inheritance tax collected as required by law. Disputes pertaining to wills and estates are resolved internally by this office or through the court.

Register of Wills – Gina X. Gibbs (610) 559-3094

Click here for a link to Register of Wills forms and applications