What is a Prothonotary?

The Prothonotary is the Chief Clerk of the Civil Court. The word is of Greek origin, and it means "First Clerk." The Prothonotary's office of Luzerne County is responsible for filing, storing, and distributing official civil documents. 

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1. What is a Prothonotary?
2. What type of records are filed in the Prothonotary's Office?
3. Are documents filed in the Luzerne County Prothonotary's Office available online?
4. Are all records filed in the Prothonotary's Office public record?
5. May I obtain certified copies of documents?
6. How can I pay for filing fees?
7. Can the staff of the Prothonotary's Office provide legal advice or help me to file documents?