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Clerk of Courts

Overview

***Due to COVID-19, this office will be processing marriage licenses and allowing researchers by appointment only. Please call 724-852-5282 to schedule an appointment.***



HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Closed on County Holidays
See County Calendar for more information.
Please arrive before 4:00pm to ensure your business can be taken care of during business hours.

The Clerk of Courts Office encompasses the criminal, juvenile, and orphans’ divisions of the Court of Common Pleas. The criminal court deals with all criminal cases, the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program and juvenile records. The orphans’ court handles records chronicling births (1893-1915), deaths (1893-1915), marriages (1885 - Present), adoptions, guardianship for incapacitated people, and estate settlement. The office also collects court fines, costs, and restitutions.

When court is in session, the Clerk of Courts takes all the pertinent files for each defendant to the courtroom; the Clerk of Courts will also swear in witnesses.

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Contact Information

Greene County Courthouse
10 East High Street
1st Floor
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Hours of Operation: M-F, 8:30AM to 4:30 PM

Department Contacts:

Sherry Wise
Clerk of Courts
Janice Lahew
FIrst Deputy Clerk of Courts
Ricky Eitner
First Deputy Orphans Court
Lisa Murdock
Second Deputy Clerk of Courts
Lisa Wheeler
Second Deputy Orphans Court
Crystal Walters
Department Clerk 1

Clerk of Courts Office

Under the Orphans’ Court, there are several ways to settle an estate. These can take as little as 30 days from the filing date to settle, as long as no exceptions are filed.

First and Final Account - see Pennsylvania state Orphans' Court form OC 01 - Petition for Adjudication - Decedent's Estate

Receipt and Release - occurs when all the heirs sign a release.

Family Settlement Agreement - when all heirs are in agreement to specific terms.

If an estate is not settled in the allotted time, a warrant can be issued for arrest. 

The Clerk of Courts Office also issues marriage licenses. Both parties must be present when applying for their marriage license. Our office is located on the first floor of the Courthouse. The issuing fee for the marriage license is $31 (cash only), and a photo ID is required for both parties (i.e., drivers license).

Questions asked when applying for a marriage license include information about both parents (their names, birth date, birth place, and occupation); the same questions will be asked about each applying party. There is a three-day waiting period before the license is issued, but it is good for 60 days once issued (anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania).

If either party has been married and divorced/widowed, the divorce decree must be provided. The whole process takes about 20 to 30 minutes. 

Adoption Records: Adoption records are all sealed in Greene County; they cannot be opened without court approval. And as with a juvenile record, they are impounded.

Birth and Death Records: Greene County kept birth and death records between 1893 and 1915. The state of Pennsylvania began to file births and deaths at a state level in 1906. Between 1906 and 1915, you may find records at both county and state levels. These records may compliment or contradict one another depending on the person providing the data. For the most thorough results, checking both of these certificates is recommended. After 1915, borth and death records are at the state level only. State level records are maintained at the Division of Vital Records.

Criminal Dockets: Old criminal dockets are still housed at the Greene County Courthouse, but in 1996, the county began automating criminal dockets. The courthouse has an extensive index list of criminal records dating from 1796.

Marriage Records: A marriage record contains information about a marriage between two individuals. On a marriage record, you can find the full names of both parties, the date of the marriage, and county where the marriage took place. Marriage licenses are all digitally archived and copies can be requested through the mail. Marriage licenses from 1885 to Present are available at the courthouse.

Orphans' Records: Estate files 1796 to Present. These records should be reviewed in conjunction with Register of Wills documents to gain a full understanding of an estate distribution.

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