Office of Prothonotary /
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 is the keeper/clerk of the civil records/division for the court and is responsible for filing, storing, and distributing official civil documents. 
 The Prothonotary is elected to serve a four-year term as the legal custodial of documents filed with the County Court of Common Pleas and the Prothonotary's filing duties are set by Pennsylvania statutes, the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, and the 17th Judicial District Local Rules of Court. Since the early 1800's, the office of Prothonotary has been an elective choice of its citizens.

The Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Office is located on the first floor of the Courthouse. This office also 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.

Contact Information

Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone: (570) 524-8751
Fax: (570) 524-8628

Staff: Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts