Welcome to the County of Berks
Prothonotary's Office
THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE WILL HAVE A DELAYED OPENING AT 9:30 AM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 SO ALL EMPLOYEES CAN ATTEND THE 2ND ANNUAL COMMISSIONERS' HOLIDAY BREAKFAST
Jonathan K. "J.D." Del Collo, Acting Prothonotary
 
Mission
 
To act as legal custodian of all civil instruments filed with the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.
 
About the Office
 
The Prothonotary is the Chief Clerk and Recordkeeper for all filings related to Civil Cases. The Office is located in the County Courthouse and responsible for the filing, recording and processing of all Civil actions, Equity actions, Judgments, Federal and Local Tax Liens, City Liens, Family Court matters, Arbitrations, License Suspension Appeals, Appeals to Higher Court, Uniform Commercial Code filings, and Applications for Passports.
 
Also, we file and record all Judgments, Orders, Decrees of Court and mail notice of such entries to parties and/or counsel in each case. We issue Writs and process many other legal documents. We review pleadings filed for compliance with the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and Berks County Rules of Court. Filing fees are collected for services rendered and turned over to the County and State. This revenue covers all daily operating expenses of the office, virtually making it self-supporting. These revenues do not support the indirect costs such as electricity, heat, air conditioning, etc. These are fixed expenses the County would incur regardless of what office occupies our space in the county-owned building. Additionally, these expenses are not directly under the control of the Prothonotary.
 

 Prothonotary Announcements

 
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 6, 2018 -- NEW PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY OF THE UNIFIED JUDIDIAL SYSTEM OF PENNSYLVANIA.  NEW public access policy of the Unified Judicial System (UJS) of Pennsylvania for case records filed in and maintained by the appellate and trial courts becomes effective JANUARY 6, 2018.  The policy and related documents can be viewed on the UJS website at: http://www.pacourts.us/public-records/public-records-policies
     
  • ONLINE ACCESS TO CIVIL & FAMILY DOCKETS
    Beginning March 9, 2017--Access Civil & Family Dockets Online Anytime!
     
  • Important Information about Passports
    Applications for passports will be accepted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday through Friday.
     
    Click HERE or passports on the left navigation panel for more information.
     
  • **SPECIAL NOTICE**
    Interim Electronic Procedure for Accepting and Processing Praecipes and Writs for: Executions, Attachments, Revivals, Joinders of Additional Defendant(s) and Summonses
     
     
     
Contact Information
 
Address:
Berks County Prothonotary
Berks County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Phone:610-478-6970
 
Office Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Passport Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Closed: Federal Holidays, Good Friday, General Election Day and the Day After Thanksgiving
Jonathan K. "J.D."
Del Collo
Acting Prothonotary
 
FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
 
NEW !!!
ACCESS CIVIL & FAMILY DOCKETS ONLINE!!
 
Our dockets are now accessible to anyone all the time. The RAD (Remote Access Docketing) module has been discontinued.
 
 
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