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A title given to the principal clerk of a court.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PROTHONOTARY. The title given to an officer who officiates as principal clerk of some courts. Vin Ab. h.t.
     2. In the ecclesiastical law, the name of prothonotary is given to an officer of the court of Rome, he is so called because he is the first notary; the Greek word prootos signifying primus or first. These notaries have preeminence over the other notaries, and, are put in the rank of prelates. There are twelve of them. Dict. de Jur. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(78.) Reminiscences of Daniel Schuckers, Prothonotary, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, at 8, available at [] (last visited Feb.
Further, had the Court decided to refer the matter to the Prothonotary, what would have been the impact of the language?
Prothonotary Lafreniere (as he then was) concluded this was an obvious vexatious OPCA foisted unilateral agreement strategy, struck out the Federal Court action, and reported Bogue to the Law Society of Upper Canada for implementing "a vexatious litigation strategy." (334)
The species that most preferred silver maple, the dominant tree in UMR forest--American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Warbling Vireo, and Prothonotary Warbler--breed in the area and are more common in floodplain than upland forests during spring migration (Kirsch et al., 2013) and the breeding season (Knutson et al., 1996).
Decision rules for site fidelity in a migratory bird, the prothonotary warbler.--Ecology 84: 416-430.
For example, a Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) has been reported entering and exiting through an open window to nest inside a building (Perkins 1926), and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in New Zealand cities learned how to open automatic doors to gain access to food inside a cafeteria (Brockie and O'Brien 2004).
NEW FINDINGS in our study for the National Audubon Society and Louisiana Bird Observatory (LABO) reveal the first-ever mapped migration of a Prothonotary Warbler, a species of conservation concern.
The low floodplain there is unique habitat in D.C., and we crossed a few more species off our list, including warbling vireos, orchard orioles, a northern waterthrush, and sun-bright prothonotary warblers.
Described by Roger Tory Peterson in his field guide as "golden birds of wooded swamps," Prothonotary warblers flit through the deep woods.
Two years later, Gamache's marriage took her to the lies de la Madeleine and she was able to continue her career there, serving as justice of the peace, clerk and prothonotary. (82)
He served as Prothonotary (modern clerk of courts) of Northumberland County from 1780-1783 and died in 1794.