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Elk County, PA Court System Information

Elk County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 31,946. Its county seat is Ridgway.

Court Information

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

Elk County, PA Court Overview

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

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

Visitation Information

Office Hours:
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Physical Address:
Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Court Administrator:

District Court Administrator
P.O. Box 416
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: (814) 776-6144
Fax: (814) 772-7780
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Services and Responsibilities:

The Office of the Court Administrator’s primary responsibility is to oversee daily court operations such as case flow management, personnel and fiscal management, calendar or scheduling management, information systems, space and equipment management, protection from abuse, public information, jury management and liaison functions to various groups and agencies.

Elk County Court Judge:

Hon. Shawn T. McMahon, President Judge
P.O. Box 416
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: (814) 776-6144
Fax: (814) 772-7780

Hon. Richard A. Masson, Senior Judge
P.O. Box 416
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: (814) 776-6144
Fax: (814) 772-7780

Elk County Magisterial District Judges:

James L. Martin, District Judge
409-G Center Street
Johnsonburg, PA 15845
Phone: (814) 965-2663
Fax: (814) 965-3355
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Elk County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts:

Susanne Straub Schneider, Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts
Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street, Suite 114
P.O. Box 237
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: (814) 776-5343
Fax: (814) 776-5303
Email: sschneider@countyofelkpa.com
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Service and Responsibilities:

The County Prothonotary Office is responsible for safe-keeping records and files all legal papers related to the civil court. The records include arbitration hearings, argument court, and civil trials, building agreements, change of names, issue of divorce certificates, landlord and tenant disputes. On the other hand, the Clerk of Courts Office is the official court responsible for recording, maintaining, and processing criminal and juvenile records for the Elk County Court of Common Pleas. Further responsibilities of the Clerk of Court’s Office include preparing prison commitments, bail, processing motions and petitions, and summary appeals and appeals to the PA Superior and Supreme Courts.

Elk County, PA County Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Lee A. Neureiter, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Elk County Courthouse
240 Main Street
P.O. Box 314
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: 814-776-5349
Fax: 814-776-5382
Email: recorder@countyofelkpa.com
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Services and Responsibilities:

The Recorder of Deeds Office’s responsibilities is to record, protect, and reproduce legal documents such as deeds, mortgages, marriage licenses, wills, etc. The Recorder of Deeds Office also acts as a collecting agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, local School Districts and Municipalities for Real Estate Transfer Taxes. All the records are available for public viewing except for Military Discharges records. The Clerk of the Orphan’s Court is responsible for performing the administrative record-keeping for the Common Pleas Court’s various divisions such as estate trust, guardians, adoptions, appeals, and claims against estates, guardianships, minors’ estates, small estate proceedings, trusts, wrongful death actions, as well as other miscellaneous filings. The Office of the Register of Wills is responsible for probating wills and granting administration letters in cases where persons die without leaving a will. The Register has jurisdiction on maintaining records of wills, inventory of estates, and other miscellaneous documents. The Register also is an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the collection of state Inheritance Tax.

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