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Prothonotary


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P.O. Box 130
Jim Thorpe, PA
Phone: (570) 325-2481
Fax: (570) 325-8047

 

Prothonotary: Joann M. Behrens
First Deputy: Kelly S. Solt
Second Deputy: Debra Hoherchak
Department Clerk II / PFAD Coordinator: LehAnn Light
Automation Clerks:


 

Joann M. Behrens has been Prothonotary of Carbon County since 2004. she is responsible for and maintains the filings and records of most civil actions on the first floor of the Courthouse. Click here to see the Civil Filing Fee Schedule.

Since 1984, the Office of the Prothonotary has been fully computerized, and civil docket information is available by remote computer access. Through the use of several tailor-made computer programs, all civil filings, including security agreements, are entered and docket entries are created through the use of codes. Docket information can be accessed on the terminal screen or printed on pre-designed forms such as case dockets. Cases can be looked-up by Case I.D. or by the names of either the plaintiff or defendant. Entries in the Judgement index are recorded simultaneously with the entry of the information in the docketing system. Every civil case and judgement filed since January 1, 1984, and every active case filed before that date, has been entered into the computer.

Civil Case Filings

 

 

2007

 

2008

 

2009

% Change 07 - 09

Civil Action*

593

760

785

32.4%

Eminent Domain

 

1

 

3

 

19

 

1800%

Divorce

208

201

207

-0.5%

Custody**

315

326

363

15.2%

Mortgage Foreclosure

 

302

 

376

 

415

 

37.4%

Mental Health

5

7

5

0%

Protection From Abuse

 

296

 

310

 

346

 

16.9%

Quiet Title

38

22

9

-76.3%

Miscellaneous

22

19

18

-18.2%

TOTAL

1,780

2,024

2,167

21.7%

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Includes the following case types: Assault, Class Action, Contract, Discrimination, Fraud, Defamation, Motor Vehicle, Malpractice, Partition, Personal Injury, Product Liability, School Code, Title to Real Property, Torts to Land, and Toxic Waste.

 

Fees Collected

 

 

Fees Collected

 

2007

 

2008

 

2009

% Change

07-09

Commonwealth

$24,603

$28,616

$28,582

16.2%

County

$399,350

$396,928

$428,270

7.2%

Total Revenue

$423,953

$425,544

$456,853

7.8%

Total Expenses

$224,128

$222,841

$225,211

.5%

 

Cost to Taxpayers

0

0

0

0

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FILING

 The Supreme Court's amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, which allowed for electronic filing of documents in civil actions, and the availability of funds through the Prothonotary's Automation Fund, cleared the way for the office to begin the final phase of Court computerization.

In the Fall of 1999, plans were begun to add Electronic Filing to the state-of-the-art computerized docket system. Planning for the new program has been ongoing under the guidance of Senior Judge John P. Lavelle, who planned and installed the Court's first computer system back in 1984. The new Electronic Filing system is being developed by David Fink of TriData Corporation, Ann M. Schlough, Court Computer Systems Director, and Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens.

In the early part of January, 2000, the Prothonotary's Office began the electronic imaging and numbering of all documents filed and then storing them in a retrievable database. Check this Website for new developments of this work in progress.