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Where to Find Help

UPDATED July 27, 2016

Courthouse Locations


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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.


Adams County

Adams County Courthouse
117 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 337-9846
Web: http://www.adamscounty.us/Dept/CourtofCommonPleas/CourtAdministration/Pages/ProtectionfromAbuse.aspx
In an emergency situation when the Courthouse is closed or after 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, you must file your PFA Petition with the Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) on duty. You can do this by calling Adams County Control (717-334-8101), tell them you want to file an emergency PFA Petition, and ask them to contact the on-duty MDJ.

Allegheny County

Allegheny County Courthouse
Family Court
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 350-5600
Web: https://www.alleghenycourts.us/family/Default.aspx
Protection from abuse intake hours: 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Armstrong County

Armstrong County Courthouse
500 E. Market Street
Kittanning, PA 16201
Phone: (724) 548-3284
Web: http://www.accourts.com/home

Beaver County

Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
Phone: 724-773-8500
Web: http://www.beavercountypa.gov/courts/domestic-relations/domestic-relations-protection-abuse-order
You must arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am, Monday through Friday, to file a petition for Protection From Abuse. Regular operating hours are 8:30am-4:30pm. If an order is needed outside of business hours, call 911.

Bedford County

Bedford County Courthouse
200 South Juliana Street
Second Floor
Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 623-4812
Web: http://www.bedfordcountypa.org/Court_Administrator.html

Berks County

Berks County Services Center
PFA Office
633 Court Street, 4th Floor
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: (610) 478-6208 x 5701/5702
Web: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/BerksTraining/Courts-old/FamCourt/Pages/ProtectionFromAbuse.aspx
Petitions for Protection From Abuse filing between 8:00am and 2:00pm. PFA office hours between 8:00am and 5:00 pm.

Blair County

Blair County Courthouse
PFA Office
423 Allegheny Street, Suite 327
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Phone: 814-693-3220
Web: http://www.blairco.org/Pages/BLAIRCOUNTYDOMESTICRELATIONS.aspx

Bradford County

Bradford County Courthouse
Court Administration
301 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Towanda, PA 18848
Phone: (570) 265-1718
Web: http://www.bradfordcountypa.org/courts/Domestic-Relations-Office.asp

Bucks County

Bucks County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
100 North Main Street, 1st Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-348-6191
Web: http://www.buckscounty.org/Courts/ProtectionFromAbuse

Butler County

Butler County Government Center
Floor L, County Government Center
124 W. Diamond Street, P.O. Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003
Phone: (724) 284-5181
Web: http://www.co.butler.pa.us/drs

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

Dauphin County

Dauphin County Courthouse
Victim Witness Assistant Program
101 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 780-7075
Phone: (717) 780-8052 (emergency)
Web: http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Human-Services/children-and-youth-services/what-is-child-abuse/Pages/how-can-i-obtain-a-pfa.aspx

Delaware County

Delaware County Courthouse
Office of Judicial Support, Government Center
201 W. Front Street, Room 126
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 891-4370
Web: http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/pfa/index.html

Elk/Cameron Counties

Elk County Courthouse
240 Main Street
P.O. Box 237
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: (814) 776-5344
Fax: (814) 776-5303
Web: http://www.co.elk.pa.us/prothonotary.html

Erie County

Erie County Courthouse
The Office of Protection From Abuse
140 West Sixth Street Room 225
Erie, PA 16501-1030
Phone: (814) 451-6324
Web: http://www.eriecountypa.gov/courts/family-court/protection-from-abuse.aspx

Fayette County

Fayette County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office- 1st floor of the Fayette County Courthouse
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 430-1272
Phone: (724) 438-1760
Web: http://www.co.fayette.pa.us/CourtAdmin/Documents/PFA%20INSTRUCTIONS.pdf
You can file your petition between 8:30am and 3:00pm Monday-Friday in the Prothonotary's Office or between 8:00am and 4:30 pm in the Law Library of the Courthouse. After hours and on weekends, you can contact the Magisterial District Court at (724) 438-1760. The link includes these and other options to file a PFA petition.

Forest/Warren Counties

Franklin County Courthouse
157 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: (717) 261-3858
Web: http://www.franklincountypa.gov/index.php?section=judicial_prothonotary-office

Greene County

Greene County Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse, 1st floor
10 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: (724) 852-5288
Phone: (724) 852-5289
Fax: (724) 852-5353
Web: http://www.co.greene.pa.us/secured/gc2/depts/lo/proth/proth.htm

Huntingdon County

Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn Street, 2nd floor
P.O. Box 3
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Phone: (814) 643-1610
Phone: (814) 643-5511
Fax: (814) 643-4271
Web: http://huntingdoncountycourt.net/prothclerk-of-courts/
You can find the pro se PFA Order packet in this link: http://huntingdoncountycourt.net/forms/

Indiana County

Indiana County Courthouse
825 Philadelphia Street
Fourth Floor
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: (724) 465-3855

Jefferson County

Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: 814-849-1606
Web: https://www.jeffersoncountypa.com/departments/

Lackawanna County

Lackawanna County Courthouse
200 North Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: (570) 963-6773
Fax: (570) 963-6477
Web: http://www.lackawannacounty.org/index.php/departmentsagencies/courts-and-judiciary/court-of-common-pleas

Lancaster County

Lancaster County Courthouse
50 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17608-3480
Phone: (717) 299-8041
Web: http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/253/Protection-From-Abuse

Lawrence County

Lawrence County Government Center
430 Court Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: 724-656-1921
Web: http://co.lawrence.pa.us/courts/pfa-coordinator-lawyer-referral-lawrence_county/

Lebanon County

Lebanon County Courthouse
400 South Eighth Street
Room 311
Lebanon, PA 17042
Phone: (717) 228-4440
Web: http://www.lebcounty.org/Court_System/Pages/home.aspx

Lehigh County

Lehigh County Courthouse
455 West Hamilton Street
Room 325
Allentown, PA 18101
Phone: 610-782-3390
Phone: 610-437-3369
Web: http://www.lccpa.org/family/pfa/

Luzerne County

Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-826-3032
Phone: 570-825-1500
Web: http://www.luzernecounty.org/county/contact

Lycoming County

Lycoming County Courthouse
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-2330
Phone: (570) 327-2251 (Prothonotary)
Web: http://www.lyco.org/courts/courtadministration.aspx

McKean County

McKean County Courthouse
500 West Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: 814-887-5571
Web: http://www.pacourts.us/courts/courts-of-common-pleas/individual-county-courts/mckean-county

Mercer County

Mercer County Courthouse
North Diamond Street
Mercer, PA 16137
Phone: (724) 662-3800
Web: http://www.mercercountypacourts.org/courtadmin.html

Mifflin County

Mifflin County Courthouse
20 North Wayne Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
Phone: (717) 248-4613
Web: http://www.co.mifflin.pa.us/dept/Courts/Pages/default.aspx

Monroe County

Monroe County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
610 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: (570) 517-3009
Web: http://www.monroepacourts.us/CourtAdministration/Pages/default.aspx

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Courthouse
Court Administration
2 E. Airy Street, 2nd Floor
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 278-5977
Web: http://www.montcopa.org/Directory.aspx?did=127

Northampton County

Northampton County Government Center
PFA Office
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 559-3000
Web: http://www.nccpa.org/contacts/
To file for a PFA Order in Northampton County, go to the Protection From Abuse Office, located on the lower level (Rm. L113) of the Northampton County Courthouse. The filing hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Motions Judge hears PFA cases at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day.

Northumberland County

Northumberland County Courthouse
Protection From Abuse Office
201 Market Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
Phone: (570) 988-4167
Phone: (570) 988-4172

Perry/Juniata Counties

Perry County Courthouse
Prothonotary and Clerk of Court Office
P.O. Box# 325
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
Phone: 717-582-2131
Web: http://www.perryco.org/Dept/Courts/Prothonotary_ClerkOfCourts/Pages/ProthonotaryAndClerkOfCourts.aspx

Philadelphia County

Philadelphia Family Court
Domestic Violence Unit
1501 Arch Street - 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-3514/15
Web: http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/family/dr/

Pike County

Pike County Courthouse
412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: 570-296-7231
Web: https://www.pikepa.org/prothonotary.html

Potter County

Potter County Courthouse
Prothonotary's Office
1 E. 2nd Street, Room 23
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (814) 274-9740
Web: http://www.pottercountypa.net/post.php?pid=12

Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County Courthouse
401 North Second Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: (570) 628-1270
Phone: (570) 628-1336
Web: http://www.co.schuylkill.pa.us/CourtHouse/maps.asp

Snyder/Union Counties

Snyder County Courthouse
P.O. Box 217
9 West Market Street
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-4202
Web: http://www.snydercounty.org/Depts/Prothonotary_Clerk_of_Courts/Pages/ProthonotaryandClerkofCourts.aspx

Somerset County

Somerset County Courthouse
Court Administration
111 East Union Street, Suite 165
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 445-1428
Web: http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=36

Susquehanna County

Susquehanna County Courthouse
P.O. Box 218
Montrose, PA 18801
Phone: 570-278-4600, Ext. 6640
Web: http://susqco.com/court-offices/prothonotary/

Tioga County

Tioga County Courthouse
116 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: (570) 724-9281
Web: http://www.tiogacountypa.us/Departments/Prothonotary_Clerk_of_Courts/Pages/Prothonotary.aspx

Venango County

Venango County Courthouse
1168 Liberty Street
Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9577
Web: http://www.co.venango.pa.us/about-prothonotaryclerk-of-courts.html

Warren/Forest Counties

Warren County Courthouse
204 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: (814) 728-3440
Web: http://warrencountypa.net/prothonotary-clerk-of-courts/

Washington County

Washington County Courthouse
1 South Main Street
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724-228-6770
Web: http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roProthonotary.aspx

Wayne County

Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: 570-253-5970
Web: http://www.pacourts.us/courts/courts-of-common-pleas/individual-county-courts/wayne-county

Westmoreland County

Westmoreland County Courthouse
Court Administration
2 N Main St
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: (724) 853-2207
Web: http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=312
You can file your petition Monday-Friday, 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wyoming/Sullivan Counties

Wyoming County Courthouse
One Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: 570-996-2232
Web: http://www.wycopa.org/offices/prothonotary/pages/default.aspx

York County

York County Government Center
45 N. George St.
York, PA 17401
Phone: (717) 771-9662
Web: http://www.york-county.org/departments/courts/PFA/index.html
Hours: 8:30 A.M. To 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday Closed from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 P.M. Mondays & Thursdays

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