8/5/2020 COVID-19 Update: Fayette County Courthouse Accessibility/Filings
Pursuant to the current declaration of judicial emergency, the Fayette County Courthouse is generally closed to the public through at least Wednesday August 12, 2020. While the restrictions as to access and the procedures as to filings with the various offices continue to change, a summary of the current procedures are set forth below. It is recommended that attorneys check the website of or call the appropriate office before submitting any filings to confirm the then current filing procedures.

Filing fees: All filing fees should accompany the filing and be paid by check or money order made payable to the appropriate office with the case and/or docket number noted.

Mailings: All filings made by mail should be addressed to the appropriate office at:

FAYETTE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401

To have a time-stamped copy of the filing and/or a receipt returned to you, you must so indicate in your transmittal letter and provide a copy of the filing, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Prothonotary (724-430-1272):
It is requested that civil filings should be mailed to the Prothonotary's Office with payment for the appropriate filing fees however, filings may also be made in-person by knocking on the door of the Prothonotary's Office. The filer must wait in the hallway while a staff member processes the filing. All filing fees must be paid at the time of filing. The Prothonotary’s Office will not deliver or forward motions to the Court Administrator’s Office.

Clerk of Courts (724-430-1253):
Criminal filings are accepted in person or may be mailed to the Clerk of Courts Office. Emergency matters only may be faxed to 724-438-8410 with the original filing mailed to the office the same day. The payment of all fines and court costs are to be made by mail by check or money order or online through the UJS portal. Cash payments will not be accepted.

Recorder of Deeds (724-430-1238):
Filings should be mailed to the Recorder of Deeds Office or deposited in the Recorder’s box at the entrance to the Courthouse.  Include a check or money order in payment for all filing fees.

Register of Wills (‪724-430-1206):
Filings should be mailed to the Register of Wills or deposited in the Register’s box at the entrance to the Courthouse. Opening of estates and applications for marriage licenses for weddings scheduled within one week of the ceremony will be done BY APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling the Register of Wills' Office. Emergency guardianships petitions are being accepted in person.

Court Administrator’s Office (724-430-1230):
Copies of motions or petitions for Motions Court may be delivered to the Office by: (1) mail addressed to the Administrative Office of Fayette County Courts; (2) email to faycocourts@yahoo.com or (3) faxed to 724-430-1001.

 

7/28/2020: COVID-19 Update: The Fayette County Court of Common Pleas entered Administrative Orders declaring a Judicial Emergency effective Wednesday, July 28, 2020, through Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  At the discretion of the presiding judge, proceedings may be held in person, by telephone or by video conference. Attorneys and pro se litigants are advised to confirm procedure with the presiding judge’s chambers.

7/28/2020:  COVID-19 Update: The Fayette County Court of Common Pleas advises that due to possible COVID-19 exposure among the staff of the Child Custody Services Office, any matters scheduled for the Custody Office through Friday, August 7th will be continued. Notices will be sent to counsel and unrepresented parties with new mediation and hearing dates. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Court Administration at (724) 430-1230

7/8/2020:  COVID-19 Update:   The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has issued the AOPC Mask Memo regarding the wearing of masks in the courthouse, courtrooms and other court offices strongly recommending adherence to the July 1, 2020, Order of the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health requiring all individuals (subject to limited exceptions) to wear face coverings when interacting with others outside their household.  For the safety of all concerned, the FCBA encourages all members of the Bar to comply with the Secretary’s Order, as well as to maintain social distancing, while in the courthouse and in all judicial proceedings to the extent possible.

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45 East Main Street, Suite 100
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 437-7994
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Garnet Gordon, Executive Director: garnet@fcbar.org

Cindy McClain, Secretary: cindy@fcbar.org

 

 
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