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Where to Find Help

UPDATED July 27, 2016

Courthouse Locations

Pennsylvania

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Below is a list of courthouses where you can file for a protection order.  (If you want to file for custody, divorce, or anything else, you may want to call the courthouse to make sure that the court we have listed is the proper courthouse.)  At the courthouse, the clerk will provide you with the forms that you need to file.  If you need assistance filling out the forms, the clerk may be able to give basic instructions, but the clerk usually cannot help you decide what information to write or give you any sort of advice.  You will also find links to online forms at our PA Download Court Forms page.  For further help, you may want to reach out to a local domestic violence program or a legal services organization.  You can find links to both types of organizations on our PA Where to Find Help page.

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Cambria County

Cambria County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
200 South Center Street, 1st Floor
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: (814) 472-1638
Fax: (814) 472-5632
Web: http://www.cambriacountypa.gov/prothonotary-office.aspx

Carbon County

Carbon County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
4 Broadway, 1st floor
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-2481
Web: http://www.carboncourts.com/pfa.htm
You must arrive between 8:30am and 3:00pm Monday-Friday to file your petition.

Centre County

Centre County Courthouse
Court Administration
Room 208
102 South Allegheny Street in Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-6727
Web: http://centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?nid=434
An emergency order can be issued by a district justice after 3 p.m. on a business day or when the Court of Common Pleas is closed. An emergency order is in effect until the end of the next business day of the Court of Common Pleas. You must report to the Court of Common Pleas to have a temporary order issued.

Chester County

Chester County Courthouse
Court of Common Pleas
313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (610) 344-6000
Web: http://www.chesco.org/faq.aspx?qid=711
The office is open from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. However, the PFA statute authorizes Magisterial District Judges to grant emergency temporary PFAs when the Court of Common Pleas is unavailable. Contact your local police department to find out where the on call district judge is located.

Clarion County

Clarion County Courthouse
Courthouse 421 Main Street
Clarion, PA 16214
Phone: (814) 226-9351
Phone: (814) 226-4000

Clearfield County

Clearfield County Courthouse
1 North Second Street
Suite 124
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641 Ext: 5013 - Prothontary
Phone: (814) 765-2641 Ext: 5014 - Clerk of Courts
Web: http://www.clearfieldco.org/departments.html

Clinton County

Clinton County Courthouse
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: (570) 893-4007
Web: http://www.clintoncountypa.com/departments/court_services/prothonotary/

Columbia County

Columbia County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
35 West Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 389-5614
Web: http://columbiapa.org/prothonotary/

Crawford County

Crawford County Courthouse
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 333-7324
Phone: (814) 337-5416
Web: http://www.crawfordcountypa.net/portal/page?_pageid=393,824325&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
1 Courthouse Square Suite 100
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 240-6195
Phone: (800) 852-2102
Web: https://www.ccpa.net/121/Prothonotary

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