How Do I? (FAQs)
We strongly encourage you to have legal counsel as you deal with court matters. Neither the staff nor the management of the Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts is permitted to offer legal advice.
If you need immediate assistance please call “911” and/or go to the nearest police station. You should contact The Alice Paul House (724-349-4444) to pursue a Petition for Protection as they are empowered by the Court to complete the initial documents for “Protection from Abuse”, “Protection From Sexual Violence”, and/or “Protection From Intimidation”. You may also come directly to our office (during normal business hours) to seek guidance on the filing of a Petition for Protection. There is no cost to file a Petition for Protection.
Cash: Come to the Clerk of Courts office (first floor of Indiana County Courthouse).
Check/Money Order: Make it payable to “Indiana County Clerk of Courts”.
Mail to: 825 Philadelphia St.
Indiana, PA 15701 (or you can bring it in).
Credit Card: You can pay this from your own computer by going to www.ujsportal.pacourts.us and follow the directions to pay online (“e-pay”).
OR you can by credit card in our office (at our ‘public’ terminal).
You can purchase a divorce packet in our office OR download these same forms from this site:
Once you have completed the Divorce Complaint (“Form 1”) make 2 copies of the completed document. Bring the original document + 2 copies to our office to be time-stamped. You must then serve the Defendant with one of the copies (and retain the final copy for your own records). The filing fee must be paid when a divorce complaint is filed.
NOTE: Divorce documents are completed in a time-sensitive, sequential manner. Pay strict attention to this as the process moves forward.
Prior divorce records can be obtained from our office (if the divorce was filed in Indiana County).
Copy and Certification fee apply.
The Court of Common Pleas (at the Indiana County Courthouse) is the proper court to appeal the judgment from a District Justice. Individuals and businesses have 30 days from the date the judgment is entered to appeal. The appeal forms are available in our office.
The Court of Common Pleas (at the Indiana County Courthouse) is the proper court to appeal the judgment from a District Justice. Individuals have 10 days from the date the judgment is entered to file an appeal. Beware that a bond is required at the time of filing the appeal which will be the full amount of money owed in arrears OR 3 months rent, whichever is less. This bond is retained by the Prothonotary until the Court determines an outcome to the matter.
NOTE: “Section 8” and/or Low-income appellants may have lower bond requirements.
You can purchase a custody packet in our office OR download these same forms from this site:
Only use the initials of minor child(ren) on the Complaint Form - we have non-public ‘confidential forms’ to list the name(s) of the child(ren). Bring your completed complaint for Custody and an Original Record/Abuse History Verification for each adult member of your household to our office for filing. The filing fee must be paid when a custody complaint is filed.