In May 2005, Allegheny County voters approved the consolidation of six elected row offices, including Coroner, Jury Commission, Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Register of Wills, and Recorder of Deeds. On January 1, 2006, the elected County Coroner became an appointed Medical Examiner, and the Jury Commission responsibilities were assumed by the County Courts.
On January 7, 2008, the Department of Court Records combined the offices of the Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts and Register of Wills. County Executive Onorato appointed Kate Barkman as Director of the Department of Court Records.
For a transitional period, we will continue to list the previous offices to assist you in finding information on our web site.
This office handles all records related to a criminal case in Allegheny County and serves many different people: the district attorney and staff, private attorneys, public defenders, judges, tipstaffs, defendants, notaries, constables, private investigators, bail bond agents, and the public at large.
Motions are filed, dockets are maintained, expungements are processed, summary appeals are filed, bail bonds are processed, case records are maintained and archived, court-ordered fines and costs are collected & court-ordered restitution is paid to victims. Other services include case intake, constable services, DUI procedures, driver's license reinstatement and prisoners’ correspondence.
In addition, the Department of Court Records, Criminal Division, processes private detective licenses.