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Luzerne County, PA Court System Information

Luzerne County is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 320,918. The county seat is Wilkes-Barre.

Court Information

Luzerne County is served by a Court of Common Pleas, and a Magisterial Court.

Luzerne County, PA Court Overview

The following courts are located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. This list is not meant to be comprehensive and only lists courts with pages on Ballotpedia.

  1. Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania
  2. Luzerne County Magisterial District, Pennsylvania

Visitation Information

Office Hours:
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Physical Address:
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas:

Court of Common Pleas
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-825-1500 option 7
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Service and Responsibilities:

The Court of Common Pleas is a trial court of general jurisdiction resolving a wide variety of cases. The Courts of Common Pleas are responsible for all matters involving adult criminal cases, juvenile delinquency cases, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, juvenile dependency cases, estates, guardianships, and adoptions. Besides, the Court of Common Pleas also oversees judicial oversight to Court Administration, Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation, the Domestic Relations Section, the Court Transcription Unit, Protection from Abuse Office, the Court Interpreting Unit, the Child Custody Office, and the Law Library.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge:

Honorable Michael T. Vough, President Judge
Luzerne County Courthouse, 3rd floor
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-830-5199

Luzerne County Court Administrator:

Paul Hindmarsh, District Court Administrator
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-825-1594
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Services and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Luzerne County Court Administrative Office is to manage the non-judicial functions or duties of the court subject to the supervision and direction of the President Judge by applying extensive managerial and administrative skills to serve effectively as the executive arm of the court. The office of the Court Administrator interconnects with the Common Pleas Judges and the Magisterial District Judges. Besides, the Court Administrator’s Office is in charge of Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation, Court Reporters, Domestic Relations, Jury Administration, Protection from Abuse, Language Access Plan and Interpreters, Family and Orphans Courts.

Luzerne County Magisterial District Judge:

Richard J. Cronauer, Magisterial District Judge (District 11-1-01)
100 N Hazle Street
1st Floor
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: 570-825-7373
Fax: 570-970-2568
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Thomas F. Malloy, Sr., Magisterial District Judge (District 11-1-02)
100 N Hazle Street
2nd Floor
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: 570-825-8488
Fax: 570-970-2564
Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Joseph A. Halesey, Magisterial District Judge (District 11-2-03)
Rear 1460 San Souci Parkway
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: 570-825-8890
Fax: 570-970-8893
Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Michael G. Dotzel, Magisterial District Judge (District 11-3-07)
240 Johnson Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: 570-825-8671
Fax: 570-970-2546
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Luzerne County Clerk of Courts:

Jim Haddock, Clerk of Courts / Prothonotary
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-825-1585
Fax: 570-825-1843
Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Service and Responsibilities:

The Office of the Clerk of Courts is responsible for filing for all Criminal, Juvenile, and Dependencies such as Children and Youth involvement court cases. Besides, the Office also accepts and processes summary appeals from magistrate decisions in Traffic and Non-Traffic cases. Further responsibilities include receiving and processing Expungements and Limited Access for Criminal and Summary court cases. On the other hand, the Office of the Prothonotary of Luzerne County is responsible for filing, storing, and distributing official civil documents. The recorded documents include civil lawsuits, protection from abuse matters, divorce and custody matters, liens (including municipal, state and federal liens), mortgage foreclosures, executions and appeals from magistrate decisions.

Luzerne County, PA County Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Orphan’s Court

Mary Dysleski, Register of Wills\Recorder of Deeds
153 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-825-1641
Fax: 570-970-4580
Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Mailing Address:
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Service and Responsibilities:

The Office of the Recorder of Deeds is responsible for recording, protecting, preserving, and reproducing legal documents related to real estate in Luzerne County. The records include Deeds Easement, Right of Way, Covenant, Restrictions, etc.), Satisfaction of Mortgage, Release, Assignment, Modification, Subordination, State Commissions and Bonds for Notary Publics and County Elected Officials, Military Discharge Papers (DD214), Subdivision, Storm water, Highway, Rail and Condo Maps, Powers of Attorney, Secured Transactions/Financing Statements/UCC and other miscellaneous records. Further services include maintaining records of the non-profit organization, Collecting and distributing Realty Transfer Tax, and providing public access to recorded documents and indices.

Luzerne County Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans Court:

Mary Dysleski, Register of Wills\Recorder of Deeds
153 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-825-1641
Fax: 570-970-4580
Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Mailing Address:
200 N River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Service and Responsibilities:

The Office of the Register of Wills Office is responsible for the probating of wills, the appointment of a representative and issuing of short certificates in support of decedent’s estate. In addition, the office of the Register of Wills also provides services such as acceptance of inheritance tax payments as well as other miscellaneous documents related to a decedent’s estate. Besides, the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court is the record filing office for petitions before the Orphans’ Court including but not limited to guardianships, adoptions, and the issuing of marriage licenses.

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