Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts
The word "Prothonotary" is a Latin word meaning "First Notary"; dating back to Ecclesiastical Law as being the highest administrator of the Court of Rome and the First Notary. When a case was ready for trial, the Prothonotary would notify the Judges when to appear in Court to try the case. Thus today's meaning of Prothonotary is "first notary of the Court."
The Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts Office is located on the first floor of the Courthouse. This office performs several duties for the public including the issuing of passports for foreign travel, marriage licenses and swearing in of elected local officials. This office also archives all marriage and death certificates for public use.
The Prothonotary is the keeper/clerk of the civil records/division for the court and is responsible for filing, storing, and distributing official civil documents.