Search in Pennsylvania

Home

State Code, Constitution and Law Search

If you are looking into Pennsylvania civil code, or constitution or if you are checking any other documents pertaining to law in Pennsylvania then try the links below. If you are simply interested about the governing laws and law makers, the agend and new bills then check the Pennsylvania legislature link. You can search Pennsylvania lawyers through the Pennsylvania Bar Associateion. Also if you need to lookup laws and rules from the Pennsylvania constitutions then the links below should help you.

The Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System is one of the most open in the US, which means that most records are made available to the general public. The only records that cannot be accessed are those that have been exempted by court order, or by state law. You can find most of what you are looking for online, but you can also send in a written request to obtain a copy of the records. It is worth noting that there is a fee assessed for certain records, so you need to be aware of that before you try to access what you are looking for. Lawyers do not have to jump through the same hoops as the general public, and are in fact able to access just about everything online, assuming that they are registered to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania.





The policies regarding public access to court records depends upon what it is that you are trying to locate. The most common request is for specific information about court cases in each of the courts that make up the Unified Judicial System (UJS). The vast majority of the information that is available can be found online for free by simply paying a visit to the UJS web portal. Things get a little trickier if you are looking for electronic records of multiple cases. In this case, the request would have to be delivered in writing, with a fee involved, the size of which would depend in the number of cases being accessed and the amount of information being delivered. The complexity of the request will also dictate how quickly you receive the requested records.

If you are looking to receive information on a recurring basis, you would need to file a separate form known as a Public Access Recurring Request Form. The form is shows which types of files can be requested – traffic, civil, landlord/tenant, etc. – as well as the amount that you would be required to pay on a monthly basis in order to have access to this information. There is also the option to request a Historical File of the types of cases in question, but the costs for these can run into the thousands of dollars.

In order to get docket information, access to evidence being submitted, transcripts, and other records having to do with legal cases, you need to visit the courthouse directly. Keep in mind that many of the records in question will be considered to be of a highly sensitive nature and will only be available to lawyers in the case. This is much like the situation with court records that have been sealed for a variety of different reasons.

The reason why you are able to have such open access to these records is because of the recently revised Right-To-Know Law, which gives the general public the right to have access to and inspect records and documents filed in Pennsylvania state courts. If you are unsure about what can and cannot be accessed, pay a visit to the UJS web portal for further information.

 


Pennsylvania State Code, State Constitution, Law Search