About Us

The York County Clerk of Courts office is responsible for all of the criminal court records for the York County Court of Common Pleas. We maintain a record of the docketing/events associated with approximately 8,000 to 9,000 criminal cases per year (now available online), schedule events (trials, pre-trial conferences, current business) at the Court’s direction, and collect approximately $11 million in costs, fines and restitution from criminal defendants each year.

In addition to being the record keeper of the Criminal Division of the York County Court of Common Pleas, documents accepted for filing include:

Criminal records
Juvenile court records
Summary convictions
Bonds filed by Tax Collectors and Constables
Financial statements of Townships and Boroughs

Other filings available in our office are:

Annexation proceedings
Appointments/resignations of elections officers and Township/Borough officers
Private detectives

All records are open to the public with the exception of juvenile cases and impounded criminal cases. All civil court matters are handled by the York County Prothonotary’s office and marriage licenses can be obtained from the Register of Wills office.

Please click the links below to learn a little more about us.

Clerk of Courts History (Adobe Reader Required)

Legal Terms (Adobe Reader Required)

Clerk of Courts Organizational Chart (Adobe Reader Required)

A Lists of Clerk of Courts and Years (Adobe Reader Required)

A Picture of Purd R. Smith, York County's 38th Clerk of Courts 1920-1923

"The Clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions and Oyer and Terminer has existed in Pennsylvania since the first organization of English government in colonial America..."