Prothonotary

York County Justice Center

Pro Se Information

 

INFORMATION FOR PRO SE LITIGANTS

Pro Se (pronounced Pro Say) is a Latin term meaning "on behalf of one's self." The
phrase refers to a person who is not a lawyer but chooses to represent himself in court.

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION

The employees of the Prothonotary's Office are not attorneys, and they are not permitted to give legal advice or show you how to process your case. Some court staff may not know the answers to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices, and because we do not want to give you incorrect information, we will not answer questions if we do not know the correct answer.

For additional information, please consult a lawyer, the Law Library on the 4th floor of
the Judicial Center, or other legal services, some of which are listed at the bottom of this section

WHAT WE CAN DO

We can direct you to the Law Library where you can find information about Pennsylvania Rules and Local Rules.

We can provide you with the number of the lawyer referral service called Attorney Connection and Mid Penn Legal Services.

We can give you general information about court rules, procedures and practices.

We can provide you with some available court forms and instructions that have been approved by the Court.

We can answer some basic questions about court deadlines and how they are determined.

We can provide you with information from your case file.

WHAT WE CANNOT DO

We cannot tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court.

We cannot talk to the judge for you, and we cannot let you talk to the judge outside of court.

We cannot tell you what words to use in your papers or what to say in court.

We cannot give you information that we would be unable or unwilling to provide to the other side of your case.

We cannot give you information about a judge's decision until the judge makes that decision public.

We cannot change an order signed by a judge.

We cannot interpret court documents or tell you what you should do.

ATTORNEY CONNECTION

This is the public service Lawyer Referral and Information program of the York County Bar Association. They will refer you to an attorney who will meet with you about your case for an initial consultation fee of $50. Even if you decide to handle the case yourself, it is in your best interests to first meet with an attorney who can help you decide how best to present your case.

York County Bar Association
137 East Market St.
York, PA 17401
Phone 717-854-8755
www.yorkbar.org/attorneyconnection

MID PENN LEGAL SERVICES

This is a nonprofit organization which provides low income people with representation in civil matters which constitute emergencies, such as loss of income, shelter, and medical care. In addition, this office has PA Legal Aid Network pamphlets which contain information on many legal situations such as divorce, custody, child support and foreclosure.

Mid Penn Legal Services
29 N. Queen St.
York, PA 17403
Phone 717-848-3605

YORK COUNTY LAW LIBRARY

This library is open to the public and has information on state, federal, and local laws. You may use the library during regular business hours. Please keep in mind that the library staff is not permitted to give legal advice.

York County Law Library
4th floor, York County Judicial Center
45 N. George St.
York, PA 17401

PA LAW HELP

Check this website for additional information on the courts and for some forms and instructions.

http://www.palawhelp.org/