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, deaths, marriages, divorces, 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.