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The Clerk of Courts’ office is primarily responsible for processing, maintaining and recording criminal case records for the York County Court of Common Pleas. Among its other duties, the Clerk of Courts also collects court costs/fines, and licensing private detectives.

The York County Clerk of Courts office is responsible for all of the criminal court records for the York County Court of Common Pleas. We maintain a record of the docketing/events associated with approximately 8 - 9,000 criminal cases per year (now available on-line), schedule events (trials, pre-trial conferences, current business) at the Court’s direction, and collect approximately $10 - 11 million in costs, fines and restitution from criminal defendants each year.

In addition to being the record keeper of the Criminal Division of the York County Court of Common Pleas, documents accepted for filing include:

  • Criminal records
  • Juvenile court records
  • Summary convictions
  • Bonds filed by Tax Collectors and Constables
  • Financial statements of Townships and Boroughs

Other filings available in our office are:

  • Annexation proceedings
  • Appointments/resignations of elections officers and Township/Borough officers
  • Private detectives
  • Emancipations
  • Expungements

All records are open to the public with the exception of juvenile cases and impounded criminal cases.

The position of Clerk of Courts is an elected official. The term of the office is four years.

FUN FACT - The Clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions and Oyer and Terminer has existed in Pennsylvania since the first organization of English government in colonial America.

York County Prothonotary Facts

  • Base annual salary for this position is $81,067.37
  • Receives full benefits
  • Will be on the ballot again in 2019
  • Need 250 signatures on the nomination ballot to get on the primary ballot
  • The are no special qualifications to run for this office

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