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Mary Smithson, Clerk of Courts

Mary K. Smithson
Clerk of Courts

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clerk of Courts office is to provide a wide range of services to the public, judicial systems, county government and other agencies. Employees, in performing their constitutional and statutory duties are committed to operation in a fair, helpful and efficient manner. We accomplish this by maintaining high professional standards through employee training and technology optimization.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 6, 2018: The Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts 

The Policy and Confidential Information/Document Forms
Bucks County Local Rule
A “Certificate of Compliance” MUST accompany all filings

2018 Fee Bill 
2019 Fee Bill

Office Overview

The Clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions and Oyer and Terminer has existed in Pennsylvania since the first organization of English government in colonial America. A change in the Pennsylvania Constitution consolidated all the various courts into the Court of Common Pleas with the clerk now being known as the Clerk of Courts.

The primary responsibility of the Clerk of Courts is the custodian of the criminal court records.  We also are the keeper of the juvenile delinquency and dependency court records.  In January of 2006, Bucks County Clerk of Courts went live on the Pennsylvania Common Pleas Case Management System, also known as CPCMS. All 67 Counties in Pennsylvania utilize CPCMS to facilitate the transfer of information and data from the Magisterial District Courts, Court of Common Pleas, and PA State Police.  The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts is constantly updating CPCMS to keep up with ever-changing legislation and rules and to interface with other state and local agencies systems.  All of the case processing in Clerk of Courts is entered into CPCMS which helps to drive an efficient and effective criminal justice system.

I am very proud to present the following financial facts on behalf of the dedicated staff of the Bucks County Clerk of Courts office.  The Clerk of Courts office assesses, collects, and disburses court costs and restitution.  In 2017, we disbursed approximately $5.2 million to the County of Bucks, which is a 10% increase from the 2016 total of approximately $4.8 million. In 2017 we disbursed a little over $2.5 million to the PA Department of Revenue, which also represents a 10% increase from the 2016 total of $2.3 million to the Commonwealth.  In addition, we collected and disbursed $2.59 million in restitution to crime victims, which we proudly report is $15% higher than 2016.

Clerk of Courts has contracted with a collection agency since 1997 to collect delinquent costs at no cost to the taxpayers, currently Transworld Systems Inc.  Our collection agency revenue for 2017 was $388,704.00.

We will continue our long tradition of quality and service while maintaining the integrity of our criminal records.  Please email us at cocassociates@buckscounty.org if you should have any questions.

Thank you,

Mary K. Smithson

Click here  for the Clerk of Courts Web Viewer

Please note: To access public documents filed  on/after January 1, 2014 on Criminal and Summary Appeal cases for the Clerk of Courts Office, please use the following web link: https://propublic.buckscountyonline.org/coc/auth/login

Please be advised: In order to request documents, you must create an account.  

All documents purchased through the Bucks County Web Viewer will be charged $0.10 per page, plus a technology fee of $1.00 per cart. A convenience fee of 2.65% for Consumer Credit Cards, 1.50% for consumer debit, or 3.00% for all Business Debit and Credit Cards (minimum $1.50), is charged by Value Payment Systems for using this service.

Useful Links

Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System:  http://ujsportal.pacourts.us

PA Megan's Law database: http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/

PA Legislation: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

PA Superior Court: http://www.superior.court.state.pa.us/

PA Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/

PA Department of Corrections: http://www.cor.state.pa.us/

PA State Criminal History Records: https://epatch.state.pa.us

Bucks County Prothonotary/CIVIL:  http://propublic.co.bucks.pa.us/PSI/Viewer/Search.aspx?c=CaseSearch&panel=CaseNumber

Office of The Clerk of Courts
Mary K. Smithson, Clerk of Courts
Natalie Litchko , First Deputy
Allen Toadvine, Esq., Solicitor

Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 
Phone: 215 348-6389
Fax: 267-885-1371