Prothonotary

History

The word Prothonotary is a Latin word meaning "first, chief or highest administrator." This title dates back in Ecclesiastical Law as being the highest administrator of the Court of Rome and the first Notary known as the Prelate of a body of 12 Notaries. When a case was ready for trial, the Prothonotary would notify the judges when to appear in Court to try a case.

 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Somerset County Prothonotary’s Office is to strive to deliver dignified, respectful and efficient service to all members of the community by accurately processing and preserving all documents submitted, into our care, in a manner according to the requirements set forth in the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.

 

Duties of the Prothonotary Today

 

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: civil suits, personal injury, medical malpractice, divorce, custody, protection from abuse, judgments, change of name, school audits, driver’s license suspension appeals, District Justice appeals, mechanics leins, Federal income tax leins, and administers oaths and affirmations.

 

This office also processes passport applications that are sent to the Philadelphia Passport Agency were the passports are issued.

 

For answers to any questions you may call the number shown below.

 

Phone: (814) 445-1428

Fax: (814) 444-9270

 

 
Address

111 East Union Street
Suite 165
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 445-1428
Fax: (814) 444-9270

Prothonotary
Angie Svonavec

2013-2014 Past President, Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Courts

July 8-11, 2014 Educational Conference at Seven Springs Resort

www.papcca.org


Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday
8:30AM-4:00PM
Except on Legal Hoildays

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 hosted for the Prothonotary should be used as legal advice. Personnel are not permitted to give ANY legal advice. If you have any questions concerning legality, please contact an attorney.

The Prothonotary has no judicial powers nor does the Prothonotary have the power to act as an attorney for others by virtue of the Prothonotary's office.  This is pursuant to Purdon's Chapter 27.

The Prothonotary has no judicial powers nor does the Prothonotary have the power to act as an attorney for others by virtue of the Prothonotary's office.  This is pursuant to Purdon's Chapter 27.


Links

Court Documents
- 2014 Inactive List Civil
- 2014 Inactive List Divorce
- Civil Forms
- Daily Court Schedule
- Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program

Downloadable Documents
- ADA Grievance Procedure
- ADA Request Policy

Downloadable Forms
- Interactive ADA Grievance Document
- Interactive ADA Request Form

Pages of Interest
- Credit Report Disputes
- Fees (Effective 01/01/2015)
- Fees (Effective 8/8/2014)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Passport Information
- Prothonotary Duties
- Self Help
- View Records Online
County Annex Office Building
300 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union St.
Somerset, PA 15501