Lori A. Ferry, Prothonotary
Office location: 1 N Main St. Mifflintown, PA 17059
Postal Address: P.O. Box 68, Mifflintown, PA 17059
EFFECTIVE November 20, 2020
ALL CDC GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED
SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED
MASK AND/OR FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED
All searching will be by appointment only and will be limited to 1 (one) searcher at a time. Appointments can be requested by calling the Prothonotary’s Office before 4:00 pm the day prior to having an appointment scheduled – no emails or walk-ins. If your name is not on the schedule you will be denied entry to the Courthouse. Appointments will be scheduled for 2 (two) hours with the first appointment at 8:00 am and the last appointment at 2:00 pm. Each appointment will be for the duration of 105 minutes in order to give the staff time to sanitize the work area. Only one employee per organization will be permitted per day. Bring only the bare minimum items necessary for the work that need to be done.
The current practice of placing documents to be recorded or filed in the drop box at the entrance to the Courthouse and sending documents through the mail will continue. There will be no recording or filing documents at the counter unless you have a scheduled appointment. Please follow the Judicial Order for anything filed to the Prothonotary or Clerk of Court.
An appointment is required to apply for passports. Please call the Prothonotary’s Office to schedule. We will review all needed documents for application with you at the time of the call. Passport Services has resumed processing times for routine and expedited services. The processing times are as follows:
Routine Service: 10 to 12 weeks
Expedited Service: 4 to 6 weeks
For the latest passport information on Passport Services operations, please visit their website at travel.state.gov or you can follow at @travelgov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
THE ABOVE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME.
Forms: Forms for Pennsylvania citizens, judiciary and law enforcement can be found at ujsportal.pacourts.us. If the form you need is not available on-line, please call our office at (717)436-7715 and check if they are available here and we will mail the forms to you.
The Prothonotary’s Office is a dual function Row Office that includes the Prothonotary and the Clerk of Courts. The Prothonotary handles Criminal, Civil and Juvenile actions. These actions are filed, docketed and indexed in this office. Civil Actions include trespass, assumpsit, equity, ejectment, mechanic’s liens, stipulation against liens, plus filing of secured transactions, insurance bond financial statements and notary registration.
The Prothonotary is elected for a four-year term of office. The next election for Prothonotary will be in 2023.
The Clerk of Courts has charge of all criminal filings, exhibits, witnesses and jurors. Administering oaths, certifying legal documents, processing passports, filing State and County reports and distributing fines and costs collected are more duties of the Clerk of Courts.