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The Orphans’ Court is open 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and closed holidays. We are performing all our services on a virtual basis and encourage use of email, fax, U.S. mail, and locked dropbox outside of our office per guidance from the Chester County Health Department. If you believe you have an issue that cannot be handled via these options, then please contact our office for further assistance. For the latest information on the judicial emergency in Delaware County affecting our office, please see the Seventh Emergency Order Extension Civil Section issued by President Judge Kevin Kelly (extending the emergency through October 1, 2021).


OC Services

1. EMERGENCY PETITIONS: We accept emergency petitions by fax (610-891-4812), email (OrphansCourt@co.delaware.pa.us), and U.S. mail, and are committed to working with petitioners in terms of arranging for payment using our dropbox or U.S. mail. Petitioners should contact the office by phone (610-891-4400) and follow the prompts so that the reduced on-site staff is made aware of a potential emergency.

2. OTHER SERVICES: All other services, requests, and filings will be accepted by and processed in the order they were received. We are not accepting in-person filings at our office—we are only accepting filings by U.S. mail and by use of the Orphans’ Court drop-box in front of the courthouse. We are working diligently behind the scenes on our e-filing capabilities and will provide updates as those online options are available.


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