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Self Help Center

  Self Help Center

 

The main purpose of the self help center is to provide one centralized location where self-represented individuals can obtain some or all of the information and forms that they will need to adequately represent themselves in certain types of court actions.  The information that you receive in these packets is not to be a substitute for an attorney’s advice

The following Pro-Se information packets may be found at the Self Help Center, purchased for a $10 fee in the Prothonotary's office, or downloaded free from this website.

            Please note that Neither the staff in the Prothonotary's Office nor the staff in any office of the Courthouse will be able to give you legal advice or help you fill out/complete the forms included in these packets.  The information in the packets is not a substitute for professional legal advice.  The Court assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents.  If you have any questions concerning the packets you can review the Child Custody and Visitation Frequently Asked Questions or contact North Penn Legal Services at (877) 953-4250.

Below are several Pro Se packets available in PDF format.  You can download and print these packets.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can obtain a free copy from www.adobe.com.

Please do not change these documents or the court will not accept them.

Note:   Please contact the Prothonotary's office to inquire about filing fees for each of these packets.  The individual filing the packet is responsible for  paying the necessary filing fees.


Custody/Visitation 

 

Cover order for use with privately-drafted Custody Agreements

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Criminal Record and Abuse History Verification Form

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Custody Complaint Self-Help Package

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Custody Contempt Self-Help Package

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Custody Continuance Self-Help Package

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Custody Modification Agreement Self-Help Package

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Custody Modification Self-Help Package

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Custody Relocation Self-Help Package

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Praecipe for Self-Representation

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​​IFP Self-Hel​p Package

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​List of custody self-help kits and forms

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​New Custody Agreement Self-Help Package

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​Praecipe to Update Contact Information

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​Tioga County Custody Supervision Affidavit

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In Forma Pauperis (IFP) Petition

 

How to file an in forma pauperis (IFP) petition

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  Entry of Appearance 

 

Entry of Appearance Form

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  Divorce 

Divorce Complaint Self-Help Package

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Divorce IFP Self-Help Package​​​​

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Praecipe for Self-Representation​

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Praecipe to Update Contact In​formation

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Appeals 

 

How to file an appeal from a license suspension

 

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How to file an appeal from a vehicle registration suspension

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How to file a summary appeal

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 Transfer

 

 How to file an involuntary tranfer of a vehicle title

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 Expungement

 

How to file a juvenile expungement

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How to file a summary expungement (MDJ)

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How to file a summary expungment (CP)

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How to file an expungement when the charges are dismissed (MDJ)

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How to file an expungement when the charges are dismissed (CP)

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 Public Defender (for Criminal Cases Only)

 

 Application for Public Defender

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Request for Transcript

 

 Request for Transcript form

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Language Access

 

Interpreter Request (Criminal)

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Interpreter Request (MDJ)

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Interpreter Request (Civil & Family)

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Interpreter Waiver (CPP)

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Interpreter Waiver (MDJ)

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Complaint Form

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Notice Of Language Rights

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Final Language Access Plan

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​Jury Service Pamphlet ​​Click Here​    


Pa. Courts Release Sign-Language Video for Court Users Seeking Interpreters

 

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Courts today released an informational video for court users who are deaf or hard of hearing seeking a court interpreter.

 

“Providing language services for individuals who speak limited English or who are deaf or hard of hearing is essential to ensure that they are able to fully participate in judicial proceedings and court services, programs and activities in which their rights and interests are at stake,” said Osvaldo Avilés, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) Interpreter Program administrator.

 

AOPC Court Access Coordinator Mary Vilter, Esq. added, “We have several resources available on our website, including a brochure entitled ‘Do you need a court interpreter,’ but for the first time we now have a video version available in sign language and closed captioning.”

 

Involved with the planning of the video, the AOPC’s Monitoring and Evaluation Team (MET) is charged with implementing and evaluating the Language Access Plan for the Pennsylvania Courts. The members include common pleas and magisterial district judges, interpreters, language access coordinators, attorneys and district court administrators. 

 

Certified sign language interpreters from AOPC’s interpreter roster signed and voiced the video, which is also captioned, in order to ensure maximum accessibility for deaf or hard of hearing court users.

 

Produced by AOPC Communications, the video explains:

  • How to request a court interpreter;
  • What to expect;
  • How to communicate with court staff outside the courtroom; and
  • Who is qualified to be a court interpreter.

 

The video is posted on the Language Access and Interpreter Program page of the www.pacourts.us website.​



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