Carbon County Court news
A total of 315 cases were started in May in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to a monthly statistical report released by the officeholder. A breakdown of the cases is as follows:
Civil actions, 43; custody complaints, 17; district justice appeals, 11; declaratory judgment, 1; divorce complaints, 15; ejectment complaints, 6; license appeal, 1; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 17; name change petitions, 2; partition complaint, 1; protection from abuse petitions, 26; zoning appeals, 2; court appointment, 1; judgments, 170; stipulations/waivers of liens, 1; and writ of execution, 1. The office staff also received and processed 87 applications for U.S. Passports.
Behrens' financial report shows that $31,574.55 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $25,506.47; interest income, $2.65; PFA Surcharge, Sheriff, $25; custody fees, $700; and data processing fees, $5,340.43.
The prothonotary also remitted $3,546.81 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $66 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,405 was deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.