Public Access Policy

Effective January 6, 2018, a Public Access Policy pertaining to case records of Pennsylvania appellate and trial courts takes effect. The Policy governs access to case records by members of the public and provides guidelines for information that must be protected. The Policy covers two distinct areas of confidentiality: confidential information and confidential documents.

Confidential Information

If your document contains any of the confidential information listed below, you must file two versions of the document the Court - a redacted version (not including the information listed below) and an unredacted version, unless required by applicable authority. Redactions must be made in a manner that is visibly evident to the reader.

  • Abuse victim's address and other contact information in family court actions (including employer's name, address, and work schedule)
  • Driver's license numbers
  • Financial account numbers, except the last four digits when the financial account is the subject of the case and cannot otherwise be identified
  • Minors' names and dates of birth (except when the minor is charged as a defendant in a criminal matter)
  • Social Security Numbers
  • State identification numbers ("SID")

Confidential Documents

The below listed documents must be filed with the confidential document form (PDF), unless required by applicable authority. Confidential documents should be filed separately with a completed confidential document form (PDF) as the first (top) sheet of paper. The form should be on yellow paper.

  • Agreements between parties as used in 23 Pa. Con. Stat. § 3105
  • Children and Youth Services records
  • Income and expense statement as provided for in Pa. R. Civ. P. 1910.27(c)
  • Marital property inventory and Pre-trial Statement as provided for in Pa. R. Civ. P. 1920.33
  • Medical/Psychological records
  • Minors' education records
  • Financial source documents

The confidential information and confidential document requirements do not apply to case types (e.g, juvenile, adoption, support) that are sealed or exempted from public access pursuant to applicable authority).

Exhibits

If you are filing an exhibit with the custodian, then the exhibit must comply with the Public Access Policy. However, an exhibit that is introduced for the first time as part of a trial or other record proceeding does not have to be treated as confidential, unless later filed by the party. If the exhibit is admitted, it becomes a court document and is not subject to the Policy.

Access to Public Filings

Clerk of Courts

Criminal dockets are available online at UJS Portal under the heading "Common Pleas Court Docket Sheets." Publicly accessible case records may be accessed in the Clerk of Courts office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, it is suggested that you may arrangements in advance to avoid any potential delay in accessing a case record. Arrangements may be made by contacting the Clerk's office at 724-228-6787.

Orphans' Court

Publicly accessible records for the Orphans' Court are available for inspection in the Register of Wills' office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the public terminals located in the rear of the office.

Prothonotary

Publicly accessible records in the Prothonotary's Office are available for inspection from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the public terminals located in the rear of the office.