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What the heck is a Prothonotary?
When you first heard the term, Prothonotary, you probably had the same reaction as our nation’s 33rd President, Harry S Truman. During a visit to Pittsburgh he was introduced to a Prothonotary, and his alleged response was, “What the hell is a Prothonotary?” He later added that it was the most impressive-sounding political title he had ever heard in American Politics.
The Prothonotary is an elected Constitutional Office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The word “Prothonotary” is over 2,000 years old. It was originally a Greek and Latin term meaning “First Scribe.” It was first used in the English language in 1447 to describe the principal clerk of a court. In Pennsylvania, the position dates back to 1683 in some capacity when William Penn established Chester County. In 1777, Benjamin Jacobs became the first official Prothonotary as we now know the position.
The Prothonotary is the Clerk of the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, and he or she is elected to a four year term. The office handles divorces, medical malpractice, liens, judgements, landlord/tenant, protection from abuse orders, appeals from small claims court, car accidents, legal name changes, torts, custody cases, and a plethora of other types of filings.