Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts/Clerk of Orphan's Court

The word Prothonotary is a Latin word meaning "First, chief or highest administrator." This title dates back in Ecclesiastical Law as being the highest administrator of the Court of Rome and the first Notary known as the Prelate of a body of l2 Notaries. When a case was ready for trial, the Prothonotary would notify the judges when to appear in Court to try a case.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Bedford County Prothonotary's Office is to strive to deliver respectful and efficient service to all members of the community. To process and preserve all documents in a manner according to the requirements set forth in the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.

Duties of the Prothonotary
The Prothonotary is the elected civil clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for recording all civil procedures before the court. The Office of Prothonotary is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers such as: civil suits, medical malpractice, divorce, custody, protection from abuse, judgments, change of name, school audits, driver's license suspension appeals, District Justice appeals, mechanics liens, Federal Tax liens and administers oaths and affirmations.

The Prothonotary's Office is unable to give Legal Advice. You may contact an Attorney at: Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-692-7375,  find information at,  or a list of Attorneys and Other Resources can be found here. You can access court forms by going here.

Marriage License
The Prothonotary's Office will issue Marriage License from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during normal business hours.  We will do marriage licenses from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. by appointment only.  We accept cash, check or money order.  We do not accept credit or debit cards.

Contact Information
Sheri Lowery, Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts

Deb Colyer, 1st Deputy of Civil Division

Brian Way, 1st Deputy of Criminal Division

Phone: (814) 623-4833

The Prothonotary's office is located on the first floor of the Bedford County Courthouse.
200 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522