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Adams County Court of Common Pleas Self-Help Center

Adams County Court of Common Pleas Self-Help Center

Information for Representing Yourself in Court

The Court, in conjunction with the Adams County Bar Association and its committees, has provided the following materials to help individuals represent themselves (“self-represented litigant”) in some legal proceedings without the assistance of an attorney. The information in these materials is not a substitute for professional legal advice.

Law Library staff, Court staff and Filing Office staff (Prothonotary Office, Clerk of Courts Office, Domestic Relations Section) cannot provide you legal advice or assist you in completing self-help forms. The Court, the Adams County Bar Association and its committees assume no responsibility and accept no liability for actions taken by users of these materials, including reliance on their contents. You may click on this link to "Attorneys Available for Consultation on Completing Self-help Packets" for possible assistance. You may also call the Adams County Court Administrator's Office at the phone number provided on this page to request information regarding obtaining legal services.

If you want to obtain the services of an attorney but do not know whom to contact, please call the Pennsylvania Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-692-7375.

Please review the links below for access to forms and other information. The forms and packets are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed. Many of these PDF documents are fielded and it is highly recommended that you type in the information to ensure your document is legible.

Judicial Administration


Family Law



Orphans' Court

If You Believe You Cannot Afford Court Costs, You Can File A Petition With The Court To Proceed In Forma Pauperis ("In The Form Of A Pauper") And Possibly Have Costs Reduced Or Waived.

Step 1:  Print out the Following:

Step 2: Using the instructions as a guide, type and complete the following fielded forms and once complete, print the forms:

Step 3: File the completed forms at the appropriate office:

Contact Us

Adams County
Court Administration

Adams County Courthouse
117 Baltimore Street, 4th Floor
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-334-8817 (Fax) 

Court Administration Staff

Donald Fennimore
District Court Administrator

Donna Cassatt
Deputy District Court Administrator

Laura Rowland
Deputy District Court Administrator

Roy A. Keefer
Chief Tipstaff

Corrie Ondrizek 
Chief Court Reporter

Court Services

Court of Common Pleas Calendar

All Criminal Court convenes at 8:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted by Court Order.