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Law & Research

The Court Administrator for Law & Research reviews all civil, criminal and orphans' court filings before they are submitted to the Court for action. The review confirms compliance with all procedural and statutory requirements. Deficient applications are returned to litigants for correction.

This is not a filing office . All filings must be accomplished through the Clerk of Courts (criminal applications), the Prothonotary (civil applications) or the Clerk of Orphans' Court (orphans' court filings). Similarly, if a pending filing must be located, it is important to check with the filing office first.

The Court Administrator for Law & Research provides other support services to the Court, including rule revision, scrutiny of applications for public defender representation, and legal advice to court staff and Magisterial District Judges. On a limited basis, the Court Administrator for Law Research will answer procedural inquiries from counsel and litigants. Only questions submitted in writing, by letter or fax, will receive responses. The Court Administrator for Law & Research cannot provide legal advice to counsel or litigants. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted unless they relate to true emergencies.

Office hours
8:30 am through 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Bucks County Local Rules

Stephen G. Heckman, Esq.
Court Administrator

Phone: 215-348-6700
Fax: 215-348-6503

Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
Bucks County Justice Center

100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901