The following is a list of “reminders” that should help to expedite the
processing of court documents filed in the Prothonotary's office:
- All documents filed in the Prothonotary's office must be
on 8 ½” x 11” paper. Any paper longer than 11” will not be
accepted for filing. (Lycoming County Rule of General Court
Business L1) Also, please do not attach backers or headers.
Case numbers must be noted on all documents.
and copies of all pleadings should have the filing parties’
signature affixed to same.
- Attorney I.D. numbers must be
noted on all pleadings.
- All pleadings should have
applicable cover sheets and proposed orders attached to them as
prescribed by Local Rules of Court.
- The Sheriff requires
a deposit for the service of complaints and writs. One copy of a
complaint for each defendant is required. The Sheriff can be
reached at 570-327-2280.
- All praecipes for writs must
have a street address for each defendant. Post office box
numbers are not acceptable. Filing party must supply original and services copies of all writs. The Prothonotary office will only add court costs.
- Our Sheriff will deputize
the Sheriff of another county to serve a Writ of Summons, but
will not do the same for Writs of Execution. These writs will be
returned to the attorney.
- Number of copies needed for
other court documents:
- Briefs – original for us plus two copies for Court
Administrator. The filing party needs to supply the original brief to the Prothonotary.
- Preliminary Objections – original for Court Administrator
and one for the Prothonotary’s Office.
- Motions and Petitions – original for Court Administrator
plus whatever number of copies you will need conformed.
- Exceptions – Original for the Prothonotary’s Office plus
two for Family Court.
- All pleadings to be considered by the
Court must be numbered and time-stamped in the Prothonotary’s Office
first. Courtesy copies should not be sent to the Court Administrator,
Judges or Law Clerks. Exception to Rule: Continuance requests go
directly to the Court Administrator.
- Routing slips should no
longer be attached to motions, etc.
- Service of the Local Rule
L206 cover sheet will be made by the Prothonotary, to only the parties
listed in Item 6 of the cover sheet. Counsel of record or unrepresented
parties and their addresses’ must be listed in Item 6. Service names
should no longer be listed on the bottom of the sheet. The filing party
of the motion and cover sheet should also provide to the Prothonotary
enough copies of the pleading for all parties listed in Item 6.
Plaintiff will still make service of the Initial Case Monitoring Notice
- Except for the filing attorney in a new action, all
additional attorneys to that case number, must file a praecipe for entry
of appearance. Otherwise, their name will not be added to the docket
caption. This includes a replacement of counsel within the same law
- Judgment notes, District Justice Judgments and Default
Judgments should include a notice of entry and an addressed and stamped
envelope for each debtor. Must be Certified and originally signed by the MDJ. DJ Judgments with multiple defendants – we need a separate judgment certification form from the District Justice
for each defendant.
- Discovery materials will not be accepted for
filing – depositions, interrogatories, requests for production of
documents, answers to interrogatories (unless by a garnishee) and
response to request for production of documents. However, we will record
certificates of service for the above and will file a notice of taking
- Faxed documents are not accepted for filing in the
- Vital Statistics forms no longer need to
be filed in the Prothonotary’s Office.