Welcome to the Office of the Prothonotary

 Our mission is to provide excellent customer service while being an efficient and effective filing office.

Most non-family civil matters shall be filed electronically HERE

Prothonotary Clerks do not accept or reject any electronically filed documents while the office is closed (after 4:30 p.m., weekends, holidays, weather emergency, etc). You may e-file your documents at any time but they will not be processed until the office is open for business. As always, the timestamp will reflect the date you submitted the filing.

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Contact Us

Allison Blew, Prothonotary

Phone: 717-771-9611

45 N. George St.
York, PA 17401

Filing Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Passport Hours
by appointment only
Please refer to our Passport page for FAQ’s and updates.


Conflict Counsel

York County Office of Conflict Counsel

28 East Market Street
York, PA 17401
Phone: 717-771-9220
Fax: (717) 771-9223
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


The York County Office of Conflict Counsel is responsible for representing qualified adults and juveniles, charged with criminal offenses or facing a loss of liberty due to contempt proceedings, who cannot be represented by the York County Public Defender’s Office because of a conflict of Interest. Conflict Office attorneys provide dedicated, effective representation, and zealous advocacy in order to preserve due process and the rights guaranteed to all members of our community.

The Conflict Office is staffed by six licensed attorneys, or Conflict Counsel, who provide skilled representation to their clients through all stages of proceedings; from preliminary hearings through appeals. Conflict Counsel may also represent clients in certain summary trials, some contempt proceedings, violation proceedings and diversionary programs such as ARD or Wellness Court.

The Conflict Office does NOT accept direct applications for services. Cases are received through referrals from the Public Defender’s Office or by Order from Common Pleas Court. If you are charged with a crime you must first apply for representation through the York County Public Defender’s Office. The Public Defender’s Office will determine if you qualify for services. If you qualify for representation, the Public Defender’s Office will then review the case and determine if they have a conflict of interest. If the Public Defender’s Office determines they have a conflict of interest and cannot accept a case, they will refer the case to the Conflict Office.

After a case is referred to the Conflict Office an intake interview will be conducted. The interview will take place at one of two times: 1) prior to your next court date in the Conflict Office or at the York County Prison, or 2) at your next court proceeding. The timing of the interview is dependent on when you applied for Public Defender services and the date the case was referred to the Conflict Office in relation to your next court date. Conflict Counsel will be assigned to the case and you will be notified of your assigned attorney.


Law Library

The York County Law Library was established by an act of the General Assembly in 1867 for the use of the judges, lawyers, and citizens of York County and was to be operated and maintained by a special law library Committee composed of the President Judge of York County and several other members of the Bar.   In August of 2014, the Law Library Committee voted to disband the committee and completely reorganize the library, which was done by an Administrative Order.  The library closed for renovations, and reopened in September 2014 under the direction of the Administrative Office of York County Courts, which now provides the funding for the law library in its budget. 

At one time, the law library had in excess of 30,000 volumes located in the Library proper and in each judge’s chambers.  Due to diminishing use and interest, as well as increasingly high costs, the volumes in the library were significantly reduced and the library downsized physically.  Currently, several print publications are still housed in the library, in addition to public patron access to online legal research through WestlawNext and LexisAdvance.   The Library now has increased resources for legal research.    

The Library is located on the fourth floor of the Judicial Center in conjunction with the York County Court Self-Help Center.

The Library is open to the public from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. daily, unless otherwise posted; circulation is limited to attorneys. 

County of York Holiday Schedule


New Year's Day Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 17, 2022
President's Day Monday, February 21, 2022
Good Friday Friday, April 15, 2022
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2022
Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2022
Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2022
Columbus Day Monday, October 10, 2022
Election Day Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Veteran's Day Friday, November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24, 2022
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25, 2022
Christmas Day Monday, December 26, 2022


When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday. When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. *

*Unless defined otherwise by bargaining unit agreement or operations of a department.

Public Defender


General Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bruce P. Blocher
Chief Public Defender

Clasina B. Houtman
First Assistant

45 North George Street, York, PA 17401
Phone : 717-771-9217 
Fax: 717-771-4759

Welcome to the York County Public Defender's Office. Our office is dedicated to providing competent and effective legal representation to indigent adults and minors in the County of York who are charged with criminal offenses and contempt proceedings in which they could face loss of liberty.

At present, the office is staffed by the Chief Public Defender, the First Assistant, two Chief Deputy Public Defenders and 19 Assistant Public Defenders.

Chief Public Defender Bruce P. Blocher has worked in the office since 1991, and has been Chief since 1996, when he was appointed by the York County Commissioners.   He has spent his time in the office tirelessly working to provide representation to indigent defendants.   Chief Public Defender Bruce Blocher received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University.

For information about who qualifies for representation by the Public Defender's Office and how and when you can apply, please see the links below.

York County Public Defender's Juvenile Unit
Bruce P. Blocher, Chief Raymond J. Ortwein- Deputy Chief
Clasina B. Houtman - First Assistant Traci L. McPate
Ronald W. Jackson - Deputy Chief Kristin D. Bellan 
Eric White - Deputy Chief  
Kathryn Bellfy, Senior Assistant Appellate Unit
Connor Tarr, Senior Assistant Brian McNeil
Diana D’Auria Spurlin, Senior Assistant Hollianne Snyder
Assistant Public Defender’s Treatment Court
William Angle Sonia Wise
Karen Byrnes - Noon  
Charlina Daitouah Office Manager
Catherine Himes Lindsey Cruz
Brandy Hoke  
Linda Hollinger  
Derrek Hollow  
Ashley Keefer  
Tara Matcuk  
Morgan Norris  
James Rader  
Matthew Sembach  
Derek Young  




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