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Fines, costs and restitution information can be obtained online on the Court of Common Pleas System (CPCMS). For assistance accessing this information, call 610-344-6290 during regular business hours.
Payments should begin immediately after sentencing. Offenders are encouraged to remit additional monies above and beyond their payment plan.
Payment plans provide the minimum monthly payment an offender must make to ensure the case is paid in full by the end of an offender’s probation/parole period. Failure to pay fines, costs and restitution in full by the end of an offender’s probation/parole period may result in a Violation of Probation/Parole Hearing and revocation of the offender’s probation/parole period.
Failure to comply with your payment plan may result in violation of probation/parole with possible sanctions as ordered by a Judge such as suspension of driver's license.
Any changes must be submitted electronically via the Change in Status form.
It is the offender’s responsibility to inform the Probation Officer if they are not able to comply with their current payment plan due to medical issues. The offender must supply medical verification from their treating physician that details the reason, duration and any work restrictions. This does not relieve the offender from monies owed; rather, it may allow the offender additional time to make payments.
Pursuant to 42 Pa. C.S.A. 9728 (g) the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County instituted a $10 per month administrative fee. This is a mandatory fee imposed on all offenders for the processing of paperwork and related activities.
Pursuant to Act 35 of 1991, the offender will be charged a $40 per month supervision fee. This is a fee imposed for the active supervision of an offender’s probation/parole.
Checks returned for insufficient funds will result in a $50 returned check fee. The check writer will have 10 days to make the check good, including payment of the returned check fee. No future personal check will be honored on that account. Individuals who fail to comply with the notice will be referred to the Chester County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution.
Pursuant to 42 Pa. C.S.A. 9728 (b) all offender’s convicted at the Court of Common Pleas Level will have a civil judgment filed against them for monies owed. This is filed in the Chester County Prothonotary’s Office. Judgments must be filed regardless if there is a payment plan or if payments are being received. Judgments are only satisfied upon payment in full of all monies owed.
For questions regarding enforcement of restitution, call the Probation Office at 610-344-6290.
Probation is a sentencing alternative that does not involve a period of incarceration.
Parole is a conditional release from incarceration to serve the balance of the original sentence under the supervision of a parole officer.
The conditions are the same and there is no difference between the terms Probation Officer and Parole Officer. It should be noted that the there are two paroling authorities in Pennsylvania: the Common Pleas Court Judges and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. The Board of Probation and Parole has parole and supervisory authority over those offenders sentenced to two years or more in prison.
Intermediate Punishment is a sentencing alternative available to the Court that includes incarceration, electronic monitoring, intensive supervision, treatment and, in most cases, community service. Restrictive Intermediate Punishment is an enhanced version of Intermediate Punishment. Those offenders convicted of a violent offense are not eligible for Intermediate Punishment.
The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is a pre-trial alternative for certain first time offenders facing disposition on a non-violent offense. The District Attorney's Office must approve the offender's application. The Probation office supervises those placed into the program. Successful participants can earn a dismissal of the charges and are eligible for expungement of the charges.
Offenders in compliance with the terms and conditions of their supervision may be granted permission to travel outside of the US with the approval of the receiving country, the assigned Parole Officer (PO), the District Attorney’s Office (DA) and a Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge. A Temporary International Travel Permit must be filed with the Clerk of Courts after obtaining the above approvals. Leisure travel will not be granted for offenders who owe a balance of restitution and/or are not in compliance with their payment plan for fines and costs. The department strongly discourages the international travel of sex offenders and violent offenders.
Procedure: An offender requesting travel permission must inform their assigned PO prior to any travel plans being made to gain preliminary permission and to obtain the Temporary International Travel Permit. The PO will review the case to ensure that the offender is in good standing, requesting travel for a legitimate purpose, and if the purpose of the trip is for vacation that all restitution is paid in full and the offender is in compliance with his/her payment plan for fines and costs. The defendant’s attorney is responsible for completing Temporary International Travel Permit and should first contact the Consulate General Office of the destination country to obtain permission to travel. If permission is granted the defendant’s attorney may proceed with seeking the approval and signatures from the DA’s office, the assigned PO and finally the Judge. The document must be filed with Chester County Clerk of Courts at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled date of departure with certified copies distributed to the PO and DA’s office. The offender will notify the PO within 24 hours upon return.
No, Offenders under our supervision are prohibited from possessing a firearm or deadly weapon.
Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Register of Wills
Pennsylvania State Archives Land Records
Be sure to check the Township – Land Record Clippings at that the Chester County Historical Society. You may find a full description of the buildings published with the announcement of the sale.
The millage rate (also known as mills) is the rate at which tax revenue is generated from assessments, expressed in terms of 1/1000th of assessed value. For Example: 4.163 mills is equivalent to a millage rate of .004163
After an assessment is generated or changed the property owner is mailed a "Change In Assessment" notice. All property owners have the right to appeal if they do not agree with the assessment of their property.
If an appeal is initiated by a school district or municipality, the attorney must provide the Board of Assessment with a copy of a Certificate of Service verifying that the property owner was notified of the appeal within five days of the appeal filing.
For more information, visit http://chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=255.
To obtain desired information:
Applicants must complete a Request for Information Form.Completed forms must be returned to the following address or emailed to OutsideRequests@chesco.org:
Chester County CourthouseAttention: Outside RequestDepartment of Computing and Information Services313 W. Market Street, Suite 5302West Chester, PA 19380-0991 Click Here
Interim Appeal - Appeal of Increase in Assessment due to new construction. The interim assessment represents the value difference (increase) attributable to any assessable improvement to the land and the resulting increase in land value, if any. Assessable improvements include, but are not limited to; new construction of a primary structure (dwelling or other building type), the addition to any such structure and the construction of any ancillary, contributory improvements such as swimming pools, sheds, garages, barns, etc. A property owner filing an interim appeal also has the option to file an annual appeal by August 1. Appeal forms for an interim appeal must be filed within forty (40) days of the date of notification of the assessment change. The appeal date will be noted on the Assessment Change Notice. Any change in the assessment due to an interim appeal is effective commencing with the interim effective date. To file an interim appeal you may download and complete the appeal form or you may contact the Assessment Office at: 610-344-6105, or VISIT the office at: 313 W. Market St, Suite 4202, West Chester, PA 19382.
Reports can be made to our office 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 610-344-5800. Reports of suspected child abuse can also be made to Childline at 1-800-932-0313.
Yes, reporter’s names can be kept confidential.
The Coroner's Office is required to investigate all sudden, violent, traumatic or unexpected deaths. This includes deaths from apparent “natural diseases” but the individual’s treating physician has no knowledge of an existing medical condition that could credibly have caused the sudden death. Under these circumstances, it becomes the Coroner’s responsibility to determine how and why an individual died. The Coroner is also responsible for assuring the individual’s proper identity and notifying the next of kin. A Coroner’s investigation will always include examination of the deceased, but may or may not include:
When a person dies suddenly or unexpectedly, your first duty is to call 9-1-1 for medical assistance and guidance.
All cremations must be authorized by the Coroner's Office.
There are a number of reasons why autopsies are performed, but the basic reason is to determine how and why an individual died suddenly and/or unexpectedly. This determination may be of great service to the family or a Court of Law.
The next of kin, attorney, or life insurance company must officially request a copy of the autopsy or toxicology report from the Coroner’s Office by completing and mailing in the Coroner Report Request Form along with a check payable to the “Chester County Coroner”.
The funeral director will coordinate the release on your behalf. Generally it only takes 1-2 days .
Smart911 allows citizens to create a "Safety Profile" where they can provide additional details that 9-1-1 call takers may need to assist them during an emergency. When you dial 9-1-1 today, the information received by the call center can be limited based on the phone you are calling from. With Smart911, when you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 systems recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile for the call taker, giving them vital information that you have provided in your profile.
A safety profile is a list of information about an individual or a household. Information includes details about all members of the household, all phone numbers (mobile, landline or VOIP) and all addresses including home, work and even vacation homes. Users can also add details about medical conditions, medications, vehicles, pets and even emergency contacts.
You can include contact information, specifics on medical conditions and security information. The safety profile is voluntary, it is up to you to decide how much information you want to share.
Your privacy is important to us. Your information is available ONLY to 9-1-1 call takers and responders and ONLY in the event you call 9-1-1. In some areas, you can choose to allow Smart911 to share your profile with emergency managers as they prepare for and respond to emergencies. If you reside or work in one of these areas, you will be presented with this option.
Everyone should create a safety profile, but people with medical or disability issues are especially encouraged to do so. Also, anyone who uses a cell phone. Cell phones only provide a general location of the caller, not an exact address. Adding your home, school and work addresses can help responders locate you more quickly and easily.
Setting up a profile can take as little as 5-10 minutes, depending on how much information you wish to provide. You can always go back and update or add additional information at a later time.
Once registration is complete, Smart911 will send a message to your registered email address confirming your account. Smart911 will not share your information with to 9-1-1 call centers unless you have verified the phone(s) listed in your profile by responding to the text message or automated call placed to that phone.
Yes. You are encouraged to include everyone in your household. You can also create a safety profile on behalf of elderly parents, family members with disabilities, or anyone not comfortable with computers. In this situation, you must designate yourself as the emergency contact.
You can create a safety profile in multiple languages. When your profile displays at the 9-1-1 center, it will be translated back into English. If an interpreter is required, the 9-1-1 call taker will be able to see which language you designated as your primary language.
The more up-to-date your information is, the better. Smart911 prompts users to verify their information every six months. However, you should update your profile anytime there is any change in information.
Most Chester County Magisterial District Judges perform wedding ceremonies in their courtrooms during regular office hours by appointment only. To inquire about a wedding ceremony, contact the District Court directly.
District Courts may accept filings up to $12,000. You may file a civil complaint, sometimes referred to as small claims, in the Magisterial District Court where the party you are suing (the defendant) lives OR where the incident (accident) occurred. If your case involves a landlord-tenant dispute, you may file the case where the property is located.
Civil costs vary depending on the amount of your claim and the type of service option you choose to have your complaint served. Please contact the District Court to obtain the exact amount of filing costs.
The Civil Complaint form can be obtained at the District Court or by accessing the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts WEB page.
An appeal for a Civil or Landlord and Tenant case is filed at the Prothonotary's Office. An appeal for a summary, non-traffic or traffic case is filed at the Clerk of Courts Office. Both offices are located on the 1st floor of the Chester County Justice Center.
Yes. Most traffic and parking citations can be paid on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal. You can search for a citation by ame, citation number, docket number or payment plan number. If your citation does not appear, contact the appropriate District Court located in box #1 on the front of your citation. A transaction fee of $2.75 will be charged to the user. Please confirm with the District Court that the payment was received and there is no balance on the case.
Yes. You do not need an attorney to file a case in our office. Come to the office any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and we will explain the process and help you complete and file the necessary paperwork. If you’d like, we can also arrange for free legal representation through our legal department.
Please bring the following information:
Your interview will take about one hour.
If an order is entered after the initial support conference, a wage attachment will be issued immediately. It normally takes an employer two to three weeks to begin deductions from the defendant’s paycheck. The defendant is required by law to make payments on his/her own until the automated deduction is completed. If payments do not arrive in a timely fashion, the Enforcement Officer assigned to your case will investigate with both the employer and the defendant.
Generally it takes 3-4 weeks from the date of your intake until the date of your conference.
If the defendant has been served with notice to appear (this is usually handled by our office through certified mail), and we have wage information and paternity has been established, a temporary order for support will be issued and a hearing will be scheduled before a Master. If we don’t have proper service or wage information, we will continue our efforts to obtain this information and reschedule the conference. If the defendant does not live in Chester County, we may request another county or state to enter the order. We process all necessary paperwork in that event.
$32 per person. Testing is performed on mother, father and child.
You will receive an Order to Appear for the conference with a list of the required documents. These documents include
Defendants should be prepared to make their first payment at the conference.
If the person has private (commercial) insurance:
• To obtain an assessment you can either: -Call the toll free number for substance abuse services on the back of the insurance card (it may also be called “Behavioral Health” services). They will tell you where you can go for an assessment.
-You can also call a drug and alcohol treatment program directly – If you do ask:
-Do you accept my insurance?
-What does the program need from the insured in order to begin the referral process?
If the person has Veteran’s benefits:
Call the Veteran’s Administration and asks where someone can go to get an assessment and help for a drug and/or alcohol problem.Coatesville VA (610) 384-7711 Lebanon VA (717) 272-6621Philadelphia VA (800) 949-1001 Wilkes Barre VA (570) 824-3521
If the person does not have insurance orIf the person is covered by the Medical Assistance Managed Care Program (Healthchoices):
Call one of the following agencies for an assessment. People usually pick the one closest to where they live but can go to any one. The first session will be free. A fee for ongoing services may be determined using a sliding fee scale, based upon an individual’s income.
• Holcomb Associates, Inc., Kennett Square (610) 388-9225• Gaudenzia, Inc., Outpatient West Chester (610) 429-1414• Creative Health Services, Phoenixville (610) 933-1223• Gaudenzia, Inc., Coatesville (610) 383-9600• Center for Addictive Diseases (CAD), Exton (484) 565-1130
Depending on what the counselor recommends, the person might start treatment at that agency or be referred to another agency that has the type of treatment that is needed.
If you have access to a computer with an internet connection you can also find information at Chester County ReferWeb. This website has information about drug and alcohol and many other services.
For information on all licensed treatment providers in Chester County you can utilize the following website: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/about.htm
The climatology in western Chester County is quite different compared to the eastern part of the county, which means the weather can be a lot different too. For instance, during the winter months, the western portions of the county can receive a lot more snow than the eastern sections. When this situation arises, we can now issue a warning just for the western portion of the county if we think snow will be heavier there than in the east. This holds true for other types of hazardous weather as well, such as excessive heat, where the more urban areas in the eastern section of the county experience higher temperatures than in the west. Population density also plays a role because the effects of hazardous weather become more problematic as the number of people affected increases.
Lawyer Referral Service Phone:610-429-1500 Legal Aid/Access to Justice Phone: 1-877-429-5994 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Human Services, Inc.330 West Market StreetWest Chester, PA 19380610-429-3033
La Comunidad Hispana731 West Cypress StreetKennett Square, PA 19348610-444-7550
Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC)1001 East Lincoln HighwayCoatesville, PA 19320484-378-4030
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services35 North Third StreetOxford, PA 19363610-932-8557
Phoenixville Area Community Services257 Church StreetPhoenixville, PA 19460610-933-1105
You may also go to http://www.referweb.net/chesco/. Use the category “Clothing/Food/Personal Goods/Services” and the subcategory “Food” to search for programs in your area.
Chester County Information and Referral Providers
You may also go to http://www.referweb.net/chesco and use the Refer Web Information and Referral Database. Use the category “Family/Community Services” and the subcategory “Donor Services” to search for programs in your area.
This list is not all-inclusive. You can go to http://www.referweb.net/chesco/ and use the ReferWeb Information and Referral Database if you cannot find the hotline number you are looking for.
http://www.state.pa.us : Pennsylvania Power Port gives information and links to various online Government services and programs. Driver’s license and registration services, requesting copies of birth and death certificates, and submitting applications for hunting and fishing licenses are some of the more commonly used services on this website.
www.referweb.net : Chester County Health and Human Services online Resource Directory
www.govbenefits.gov : Gives information about Government benefit eligibility and application.
www.dhs.state.pa.us : Gives information about the PA Department of Human Services (formerly the Dept. of Public Welfare).
www.compass.state.pa.us : Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services. Allows individuals and community based organizations to screen, to apply, and to renew a broad range of social services provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
pacareerlink.state.pa.us : Pennsylvania Career Link is a cooperative effort to provide one-stop delivery of career services to job seekers, employers and other interested individuals. These services are also available at the following Chester County locations:
Chester County CareerLink OfficeOaklands Corporate Center479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500Exton, PA, 19341610-280-1010
1003 East Lincoln HighwayCoatesville, PA 19320 www.connectpoints.org
Legal Aid of Chester County222 North Walnut Street, 2nd FloorWest Chester, PA 193801-877-429-5994
Legal Aid of Southeast PennsylvaniaHelpline: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Monday-Friday1-877-429-5994
La Comunidad Hispana731 West Cypress StreetKennett Square, PA, 19348610-444-7550
You may also go to http://www.referweb.net/chesco/ and use the Refer Web Information and Referral Database. Use the category “Legal Services/Immigration” and the subcategory “Tenant/Landlord Services”.
Selection of a Jury Opening Statements Plaintiff’s attorney (or prosecuting/Commonwealth’s attorney for a criminal case) Defendant’s attorney Testimony of Witnesses and Presentation of Evidence Plaintiff’s attorney (or prosecuting/Commonwealth’s attorney for a criminal case) Direct examination of plaintiff’s witnesses by plaintiff’s attorney Cross-examination of plaintiff’s witnesses by defendant’s attorney Redirect examination of plaintiff’s witnesses by plaintiff’s attorney Defendant’s attorney Direct examination of defendant’s witnesses by defendant’s attorney Cross-examination of defendant’s witnesses by plaintiff’s attorney Redirect examination of defendant’s witnesses by defendant’s attorney Selection and Preparation of Jury Instructions Jury Instructions Presented to the Jury Closing Arguments Plaintiff’s attorney (or prosecuting/Commonwealth’s attorney for a criminal case)Defendant’s attorney Plaintiff’s attorney (or prosecuting/Commonwealth’s attorney) to close the case Jury Deliberations Verdict of the Jury
Do NOT wear: shorts; tank tops; tight or revealing clothing; pants that hang down and expose your underwear; clothing with drug, gun, or gang references; or ripped or torn clothing.
The certification is signed by the Assistant Clerk of the Orphans' Court. In some instances, for example, Foreign Registration of the Marriage or Foreign Adoptions, the certification must be signed by the Elected Clerk of the Orphans' Court and the Court. You must determine which type of certification is needed. Refer to the section on Marriage Records for a Foreign Country for more details.
A form for requesting certified marriage records is available in the Forms and Documents section. Walk-in requests are processed immediately. Please allow 7 to 10 working days for processing of mail-in requests. All requests require the following information:
Name of male applicant Name of female applicant at the time of application Date of Marriage Daytime Telephone number for all mail-in requests $15.00 fee payable with Cash, Credit Card, or Money Order ONLY. Please do NOT mail cash. Make money order payable to "Clerk of the Orphans' Court." If the request is by mail, a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be enclosed for the return of the Certification. Mail the request to: Marriage License Department, Chester County Justice Center, 201 W. Market Street, Suite 2200 PO Box 2746, West Chester, PA 19380.
You can find additional tips at California Registry.
Pavilions are available at
Pavilions must be reserved in advance. Reservations are available year-round and accepted up to 12 months in advance.
It is illegal to possess wild animals without a permit in Pennsylvania. If you need assistance with an injured wild animal, please contact a knowledgeable organization for assistance:
Chester County Parks Programs and Events
Fishing opportunities at Chester County Parks
Hunting at County Parks
Camping is available during the summer at Hibernia Park. Get more information on camping.
County Parksl make every effort to accommodate visitors with disabilities. Most trails within the park system are ADA accessible. Hibernia, Nottingham and Warwick Parks offer playgrounds accessible to those with disabilities per ADA Standards.
All of our parks have internal trails particularly well-suited to horseback riding, except for Wolf’s Hollow, which is only open to hiking, per township requirements.
Horseback riding is permitted on the Schuylkill River Trail because it is unpaved and does not have a high degree of pedestrian and bicycle activity. Other county trails are off-limits to equestrian due to the large numbers of joggers and cyclists and the excessive damage that regular horseshoes can cause to paved, macadam trail surfaces.
Yes, any of the County parks would make a lovely backdrop for an informal outdoor wedding. The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm is available for a more formal occasion.
Regional trails with smooth, macadam surfaces (ie., the Chester Valley Trail) are permitted for:
The following are NOT permitted for use on our trails:
Possession of beer, alcohol or other controlled substances is strictly prohibited.
The operation of any type of mini-bike, trail bike, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or other vehicle that cannot be registered for operation on public highways, except in areas designated for that purpose, is prohibited. Only then, with County approval and the appropriate permit, are such vehicles permitted.
No, Ice-skating is prohibited on any pond or lake within the County Park system.
All County parks and trails welcome the active involvement of volunteers in the Friends Groups affiliated with the County.
Swimming is not permitted in any County Park.
The 90-acre Chambers Lake is stocked with warm water species including channel catfish, chain pickerel, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Non-motorized or electric powered boats ONLY. No sailboats. All watercraft must be registered with the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Boating for the purpose of fishing is also permitted after park hours. A public fishing pier is open on the north side of the lake and may be accessed from Lake Trail. Other shoreline fishing is permitted, but is prohibited from the dam breast itself. Swimming is prohibited at Chambers Lake.
Pets are permitted everywhere except in picnic areas and the Great Barn complex at Springton Manor Farm. All pets must be restrained on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
The fee for an expedited passport is and additional $60 (for a total of $170) and takes a minimum of 2-3 weeks. If a passport is needed within 14 days you must appear in person at the US Customs House in Philadelphia by appointment only. Call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment.
2. Naturalization certificate if you became a naturalized citizen.
3. Valid drivers license. Parents ID will be used for minors who do not drive.
4. Two 2” x 2” identical photographs. Photographs may be taken at the Sheriff’s Office, located at the same address, for a fee of $10 payable by check or money order. School photos are not acceptable.
Information required on the form: your social security number, parent’s birthdate and birthplace, current or previous marriage information.
If one parent or guardian cannot be present, a statement of consent form (#DS3053), or a comparable written statement, must be presented at the time of applying and must be notarized within 90 days of the application. Please be sure to include a front and back copy of the non-appearing parent's ID. It must be the same ID the parent used to notarize the documentation. All minor children age 15 years and younger that had a previous passport are required to bring both the expired passport and the long form birth certificate.
You do not need to include the resident's room number.
Medicaid is a joint Federal and State program that will pay for care in a long-term care setting if the resident does not have the financial means to be able to cover the cost of care. The Medicaid applicant must be medically eligible and meet financial criteria.
The PFA Act does not cover abuse by a stranger or a roommate that the victim is not intimately involved with.
Even though each county is different, the legal process follows the same general pattern. The PFA process usually starts by filling out a form called a "petition" at the local county courthouse. The questions in the petition ask victims to explain why they want protection and to describe the abuse they suffered. In legal terms, the person who wants the PFA is called the "petitioner" or the "plaintiff". ThePFA petition also asks the petitioner to tell what they want the PFA to do. Usually, there are employees at the courthouse who can help to complete PFA petitions, and give information about free or low-cost legal services in the county or region. The PFA Act says that courthouse information and assistance to PFA petitioners should be provided in both English and Spanish.
After the petition is filled out, a judge will read it and may ask the plaintiff to answer a few questions. The abuser will not usually be present in the court for this. The judge may grant or deny a temporary PFA order and will schedule a date for a final hearing. A temporary PFA order will protect a victim and/or children until the date of the final hearing. This hearing will take place within 10 business days.Even if the judge does not grant a temporary protection order, the judge will schedule a final order hearing.
On the date of the PFA hearing, the plaintiff/victim and defendant/abuser will come before a judge. Both are allowed to have attorneys to represent them at this hearing. A domestic violence advocate may also come with the victim. If both the plaintiff and defendant agree on the terms of an order, the judge will make it official. If either does not agree, the judge will give the victim and abuser the chance to talk on the record about the abuse described in the petition.
After listening to the testimony, the judge may grant the plaintiff a final PFA order. Final orders can be in place for any period of time up to and including 3 years.
Always keep a copy of the PFA with you. If there are minor children protected by the PFA provide a copy to the children's school or daycare center. You may also give a copy to your employer if you so choose.
A defendant who violates a PFA order can be arrested and charged with a crime called indirect criminal contempt. The victim may be asked to testify about the violation at a court hearing. If the court finds the defendant guilty of violating the PFA order, the court can give jail time, probation, and/or fines. Even though the police may arrest and charge an abuser for indirect criminal contempt, the abuser may be released before the hearing. Victims should consider talking to a domestic violence advocate about steps to take to stay safe.
A plaintiff who has a PFA order does not have to register it in a different county or state for it to be valid, but registering it with the local courthouse may be helpful. On the plus side, registering an order allows police to quickly verify the order and respond faster to if an abuser violates it. On the downside, some states will notify the defendant when the victim registers a PFA order in a new county or state. If thevictim does not want an abuser to know where they are, they may not want to register the PFA. Procedures for registering a PFA order vary from state to state.
It is good for a victim to have a certified copy of the order along at all times, especially if a victim decides not to register a PFA order after moving. (A certified copy is one that is stamped with a raised seal and initialed by the court.) It is also a good idea to have multiple copies of the order for work, home, and/or school.
A domestic violence advocate can help victims with many services. They may be able to help victims fill out a PFA petition or go with the victim to court. Advocates can give victims information about the county PFA process and help victims to make a safety plan.
What a victim says to a domestic violence program advocate is confidential. By law, an advocate cannot repeat what victims tell them, even if called into court by a judge. The only exception is that the advocate must report it if the victim reveals that a child is in danger of being abused. Confidentiality between victims and advocates means that victims can speak freely about their circumstances and planfor their future safety.
Whether a plaintiff wishes to file a PSV or a PFI depends on the facts of the case.
A plaintiff files a PSV when the plaintiff has been a victim of sexual violence. Sexual violence is conduct between persons who are not family members that includes: sexual offenses, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children, and unlawful contact with minors and sexual exploitation of children.
A plaintiff files a PFI when the plaintiff is a victim of harassment or stalking AND the conduct is committed by a person over 18 against a person under 18.
Even though each county is different, the legal process follows the same general pattern. The PSVI process usually starts by filling out a form called a "petition" at the local county courthouse. The questions in the petition ask victims to explain why they want protection and to describe the abuse they suffered. In legal terms, the person who wants the PSVI is called the "petitioner" or the "plaintiff". ThePSVI petition also asks the petitioner to tell what they want the PSVI to do. The PSVI Act says that courthouse information and assistance to PSVI petitioners should be provided in both English and Spanish.
After the petition is filled out, a judge will read it and may ask the plaintiff to answer a few questions. The abuser will not usually be present in the court for this. The judge may grant or deny a temporary PSVI order and will schedule a date for a final hearing. A temporary PSVI order will protect a victim and/or children until the date of the final hearing. This hearing will take place within 10 business days. Even if the judge does not grant a temporary protection order, the judge will schedule a final order hearing.
On the date of the PSVI hearing, the plaintiff/victim and defendant/abuser will come before a judge.Both are allowed to have attorneys to represent them at this hearing. If both the plaintiff and defendant agree on the terms of an order, the judge will make it official. If either does not agree, the judge will give the victim and abuser the chance to talk on the record about the abuse described in the petition.
After listening to the testimony, the judge may grant the plaintiff a final PSVI order. Final orders can be in place for any period of time up to and including 3 years.
Always keep a copy of the PSVI with you. If there are minor children protected by the PSVI provide a copy to the children's school or daycare center. You may also give a copy to your employer if you so choose.
A defendant who violates a PSVI order can be arrested and charged with a crime called indirect criminal contempt. The victim may be asked to testify about the violation at a court hearing. If the court finds the defendant guilty of violating the PSVI order, the court can give jail time, probation, and/or fines.
Even though the police may arrest and charge an abuser for indirect criminal contempt, the abuser may be released before the hearing.
It is important for victims to have their certified PSVI orders with them whenever they are traveling. A certified copy is stamped "Certified" in red with a raised seal and initialed by the court.
It is also a good idea to have multiple copies of the order for work, home, and/or school.
In landlord/tenant cases, we only accept cash, money order or certified funds for payments to be escrowed.
The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, acting as a conduit for the Court, accepts filings for Orphans’ Court matters. The Court, in accordance with Federal, State and Local rules and statutes, determines the correctness of the filings.
The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court have prepared the information provided on this website. Nothing contained herein is intended to be legal advice or to offer any opinion of the legal remedies available or appropriate in any particular circumstance. It is hoped that the information presented will merely be useful in answering frequently asked questions concerning the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.
Please Note: You will forfeit the 10% hand money deposit if you do not pay the balance of the purchase price by the 21-day deadline.
Pay online at: Departments - Tax Claim Bureau - Credit Card & E-Check Payments
Remember, the ultimate responsibility for payment of the real estate tax in Chester County rests with the property owner even though they may not have received their tax bill.
If there has been a change of address, and this is causing your tax bill to be mailed to an incorrect address, the property owner must contact the County Assessment Office to complete the required forms to change the mailing address. Also, it is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the Treasurer's Office of the address change so that the tax bill can be mailed to the correct address.
Municipalities Collected By Chester County Treasurer:(District # : Name)
01 - West Chester 06 – Oxford 07 – Atglen 09 – South Coatesville 10 – Modena 12 - Honey Brook Borough 28 - West Caln Twp 29 – West Brandywine Twp 34 - West Pikeland Twp 35 – Charlestown Twp 47 - East Fallowfield Twp 51 – East Bradford Twp 54 – Willistown Twp 55 - Easttown Twp 58 - Penn Twp 60 – New Garden Twp 63 – Pocopson Twp 72 - Franklin Twp
Depending on the size or class of the county and the intended use of the collected revenue, some counties may apply a higher tax rate. In Chester County all but 4% of collected hotel tax dollars is paid over to the Chester County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (see link below). The intended purpose is to provide the CCCVB with enough funding to allow them to market Chester County in a highly competitive tourism market. The process is cyclical in nature. That is, we generate revenue through taxes from transients in order to successfully promote our community to those we hope will return again.
One half of all proceeds are used to fund a grant program administered by the CCCVB. For information about the grant program, visit the Chester County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Also, please check www.palostdogs.com to see if the dog is listed as missing. This is a free site where you can list lost dogs to help reunite with an owner, or post as the owner if your dog is missing. Chester County SPCA
Chester County Veterans Affairs601 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PACall for an appointment 610-344-6375Hours 8:30am-4:30pm
Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center Bldg 8 VAVS Resource RM B14 A, Coatesville , PAHours 9:00-2:00 M-F By appointment only call 610-384-7711 or 800-290-6172 Ext 4239
Veterans Administration Out-PatientSpring City, PA
Other Relevant Medical Records - Medical records to substantiate any and all treatment by private doctors and hospitals.
Dependency Documents - Original or copies of birth and marriage certificates and copies of divorce/death record terminating all of your prior marriages and those of your spouse.
Military Discharge/DD Form 214 - (Copy 4 - Member Copy) Those applicants who have a copy of their DD-214 are encouraged to provide a copy with their claim to expedite processing. Otherwise, VA will attempt to obtain verification from the service department.
Periods of War:WWII - 12/07/41 to 12/31/46 Korea - 06/27/50 to 01/31/55Vietnam - 08/05/64 to 05/07/75 (if “in country” 02/28/61 to 08/04/64)Dessert Storm/Gulf Wars - 08/02/1990 to present
Visit http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/284 for more information.
First, contact the Revenue Coordinator at the VA health care facility and request a waiver from paying your current debt. This requires sufficient proof of financial hardship that prevents you from paying the VA.
Second, contact the Enrollment Coordinator to request a hardship determination to avoid medical care copay charges. This determination is also based on financial need. If you are approved for a hardship determination, your copay status will change and your enrollment priority will improve.
Third, contact the Revenue Coordinator to request an Offer in Compromise, which is applicable to past debts for medical services. If the VA accepts the offer to compromise, a partial payment of the balance owed is settlement of the entire debt. This requires proof of inability to pay the entire amount of the debt due.
To request a catastrophic disability evaluation, contact the Enrollment Coordinator at your local VA health care facility. VA will make every effort to schedule your evaluation within 35 days of request. There is no charge for the Catastrophic Disability evaluation.If it is determined by a VA health care provider that you are Catastrophically Disabled, your priority group assignment will be upgraded to Priority Group 4.
Active Duty or Service Connected Death - $2,000 is available if the veteran died during active duty, or if an honorably discharged veteran died of a service-connected injury.
Burial Plot Allowance - $300 is available for an honorably discharged veteran not interred in a cemetery that is under the jurisdiction of the US government if the veteran was receiving a pension or disability benefits from the VA at the time of death or if the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA contracted health care facility.
Transportation Allowance - Transportation allowance will be reimbursed by the VA for transportation expenses from the place of death to the funeral home and to the cemetery for a veteran who died in a VA hospital, or VA contracted health care facility.
US flag - An honorably discharged veteran is entitled to a US flag provided by the Veterans Administration. The American flag is used to drape casket of veteran, after which it may be given to next of kin, close friend or associate of the deceased.
Headstone or Marker - A headstone or grave marker is provided without charge and shipped at Government expense to the consignee designated to mark the burial site of eligible veterans. The cost of placing the marker in a private cemetery must be borne by the applicant. Applicants are cautioned to ensure the correctness of all information. In a National Cemetery, a veteran, spouse and dependent children receive a free headstone. We suggest that if burial will be in a private cemetery and a Government headstone or marker will be requested for the veteran’s grave, that the family complete VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker in advance and place it with the veterans military discharge papers for use at the time of need.
Burial in a National Cemetery - Burial is available at all VA national cemeteries to any deceased veteran of wartime or peacetime service (other than for training) who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the Reserve and the Army and Air National Guard who die while performing or as a result of performing active duty for training may also be eligible. A deceased veteran who had entered active duty as an enlisted person after September 7, 1980. Also, any deceased veteran who has entered active duty after October 16, 1981. Said veteran must have had minimum active duty of 24 months, or the period for which he/she was called to active duty, or have had a hardship discharge, or a service-connected disability. Burial is also available to an eligible veteran's spouse minor child(ren) and, under certain conditions, to unmarried adult children. Headstones and markers are provided for the gravesites of those interred in national cemeteries. No application is required. Gravesites in (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance. Families are encouraged to prepare in advance by discussing cemetery options, collecting the veteran’s military information including discharge papers, and by contacting the cemetery where burial is desired.