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At this time, all visitors to the Prothonotary are required to make an appointment.  Please use our e-file system whenever possible or submit your filings by mail. 

For Family Court filings PLEASE CALL 215-348-6822 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For Civil matters that cannot be e-filed, PLEASE CALL 215-348-6191 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

The Prothonotary is now accepting ROUTINE Passport applications by APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Doylestown office (satellite offices closed at this time).  PLEASE CALL 215-348-6191 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Judith Reiss


The office of the Prothonotary is the Clerk of the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas. This elected row officer has administrative control over and responsibility for all official documents and records of the civil and family divisions. It is the duty of the office to record such legal documents as Appeals, Assignments, Commencement of Actions, Equity, Divorce, Complaints, Executions, Final Orders, Judgments, Liens, Name Change Petitions, Signatures of Notaries Public, Satisfactions, Subpoena's, Exceptions to Judicial or Tax Sales, Revivals and Minor's Compromise. Additionally, the Office of the Prothonotary initiates judgments entered by magisterial district justices to the Court of Common Pleas. The prothonotary also processes appeals from the magisterial district justices to the Court of Common Pleas as well as appeals from the Court of Common Pleas to the Superior, Supreme and Commonwealth Courts.

The mission of the Office is to see that these documents are docketed, microfilmed and processed timely and in accordance with State requirements.

Click here to view Prothonotary Forms available on line. If you have questions about how to file pleadings with the family prothonotary please email us at familycourtquestions@buckscounty.org.  

Click here for the Prothonotary's Web Viewer

 Please note: To access case searches for the Prothonotary Office and Family Court (excluding Support), please use the web link: https://propublic.buckscountyonline.org/psi/ (NOTE NEW LINKPlease be advised:  All documents purchased through the Bucks County Web Viewer will be charged $0.10 for each page, plus a Technology Fee of $1.00 per Cart.  A convenience fee  of either 2.39%, or $1.50 (minimum) will be charged by Value Payment Systems for the processing of all transactions. No Family Court documents are available on-line. Instructions for the new system can be accessed by clicking this link.

Please note that we have upgraded our Web Viewer with expanded Search parameters. To view detailed case information from your Search results, click the Blue, underlined text.

If you would like to receive notifications and copies of Orders pertaining to your case(s) via email, please register with the Prothonotary’s E-Filing system.  Registration enables the system to send electronic notifications and copies, and Registrants are not required to file through the e-filing system to receive these communications.   

Register here for the Prothonotary's E-File System 

As of January 6, 2018, The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania has revised the filing requirements for documents submitted to the Prothonotary for both Civil and Family Court cases.  Videos explaining these requirements for the new Public Access Policy can be found by clicking on the below link.  If you are unfamiliar with these new requirements, you may find these videos to be a valuable resource. http://www.pacourts.us/public-records/public-records-videos

The Prothonotary also serves as an Agent for the Federal Government for the purpose of processing Passport applications. Click here to see the requirements for applying for a Passport.

For information on current warnings and travel updates log onto www.travel.state.gov .

History of the Office
The Prothonotary is an elected Constitutional office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The word "Prothonotary" is a Greek and Latin term meaning "First Scribe."

In Bucks County, the office predates the founding of the Commonwealth. The first Prothonotary, Phineas Pemberton, was appointed by William Penn in 1683.

In addition to serving as Prothonotary, Pemberton was also Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Courts. He operated out of his house, which he named after his hometown in England, Bolton Mansion. It still stands in what is now Levittown.

Over the years the office recorded documents including a list of stallions, doctors and dentists, slaves and their respective markings and brands, and also Lunacy Dockets. The records date back to 1684 and are preserved in northern Pennsylvania.

The Office of the Prothonotary 
Judith Reiss, Prothonotary
Patricia Zimmerman, First Deputy
Randall Flager, Esq., Solicitor

Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street, 1st Floor
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6191 
Fax: 215-348-6184