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Court of Common Pleas - Criminal
PO Box 2746
West Chester, PA 19382 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=202
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6135
F: 610-344-6605
No credit cards accepted for record copies or searches, etc.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor
Restricted Records: No juvenile records released
Court of Common Pleas - Civil
PO Box 2748
West Chester, PA 19382 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1333
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6300
Jurisdiction: Civil, Eviction
Restricted Records: No sealed records released
Note that the civil records clerk of the Court of Common Pleas is called the Prothonotary.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-01 - West Chester
PO Box 2746
West Chester, PA 19380
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-431-4814
F: 610-431-4018
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-02 - West Chester
1572 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-430-1966
F: 610-430-8641
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-03 - Coatesville
256 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19320
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-384-3159
F: 610-384-5163
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-04 - West Chester
21 W Market St, Ste 100
West Chester, PA 19380
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6622
F: 610-429-4644
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-05 - Coatesville
Highlands Corporate Center
615 Sands Court
Coatesville, PA 19320
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-380-3325
F: 610-380-4774
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-2-01 - Phoenixville
347 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-935-1503
F: 610-935-7427
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-2-03 - West Chester
PO Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380 www.chesco.org/2274/Judge-Kraut
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-436-5757
F: 610-431-5755
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-2-07 - Exton
75 East Uwchlan Avenue, Suite 110
Exton, PA 19341
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-524-7456
F: 610-524-6341
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-01 - Pottstown
1130 Ridge Road
Pottstown, PA 19465
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-469-1910
F: 610-469-1913
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-04 - Kennett Square
916 West Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
P: 610-444-6330
F: 610-444-6429
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-05 - Oxford
305 South Third Street
Oxford, PA 19363
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-932-4305
F: 610-932-7649
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-06 - Honey Brook
4824 Horseshoe Pike
Honey Brook, PA 19344
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-273-3726
F: 610-273-4392
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-07 - Parkesburg
315 West First Avenue, Building 3
Parkesburg, PA 19365
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-857-5547
F: 610-857-5841
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-01 - Wayne
Chesterbrook Shopping Center
500 Chesterbrook Blvd., Suite B3
Wayne, PA 19087
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-647-6533
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Misdemeanor, Traffic,
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-02 - Downingtown
231 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA 19335
P: 610-269-5250
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-03 - Exton
Whiteland Business Park
748 Springdale Drive, Suite 110
Exton, PA 19341
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-594-7728
F: 610-594-7896
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-04 - Kennett Square
914 West Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-444-6338
F: 610-444-4368
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction/Summary Offenses, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Ordinance, Prelim. Criminal
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also go to the Court of Common Pleas cases or are waived or dismissed.
Register of Wills
PO Box 2746
West Chester, PA 19380 www.chesco.org/168/Register-of-Wi...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6335
F: 610-344-6218
Jurisdiction: Probate
The records go back to 1924 for Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court. Marriage Licenses go back to 1930. Records are either maintained as paper or microfilm or scanned images.

Chester County, PA Vital Records

Contact the Chester County Recorder Office of the County Recorder of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Chester County Recorder
County Recorder of Deeds
313 W Market St, #3302
West Chester, PA 19380
www.chesco.org/169/Recorder-of-De...
8:30AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 610-344-6330
Fax: 610-344-6408
Recorded Documents

Chester County Vital Certificates

Chester County Vital Certificates

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Chester County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 755.97 sq mi
Population (2009): 498,894
  • Females: 50.5%
  • White: 88.6%
  • Black/African American: 6.4%
  • Asian: 3.7%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 5.5%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 83.7%
Population Change (2000-2009): 65,393
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 5.5%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 8.8%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 5.8%
High School Graduates (2000): 89.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 42.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.65
Housing Units (2000): 163,773
Homeownership Rate (2000): 76.3%
Migration Flow to Chester County, PA from (2007-2008):

Chester County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $20,402,252
  • Construction: $1,098,359
  • Retail Trade: $1,287,990
  • Professional and Technical Services: $3,514,137
  • Healthcare: $1,658,712
  • Banking: $2,630,111
  • Retail Trade: $1,287,990
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $326,017
  • Manufacturing: $2,020,255
  • Farms: $145,137
  • Government: $1,484,530
Employed (2000): 221,255
Unemployed (2000): 8,214
Unemployment Rate (2009): 6.2%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $58,130
Local Government Employment (2007): 16,557
Local Government Revenue (2007): $1,265,177 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,979,029 (thou. dol.)

Chester County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 6,093
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.5
Deaths (2007): 3,418
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.0
Infant Deaths (2007): 41
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.7

Chester County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 896
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 9
  • Forcible rape: 104
  • Robbery: 260
  • Aggravated Assault: 523
Property Crimes (2008): 7,785
  • Burglary: 1,468
  • Larceny-Theft: 5,933
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 384

Chester County Genealogy Records