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Access to the Public Records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Case Records, Electronic Records, and Financial Records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

The official records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania are available to the public as authorized by statewide and local Rules of Judicial Administration and Policies which are generally described below and are available in full by clicking on the respective links. Records must be requested by using the forms described below (available by clicking on the respective links or at: www.courts.phila.gov/forms.). The fees listed on the Fee Schedule referenced below must be paid before the records are provided to the Requestor.

Requests for Case Records of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court

The Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration No. *401, govern public access to the Case Records of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Copies of Case Records maintained by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court may be requested through a single First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Request for Access to Case Records form. Case Records of the Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil are also available to the public electronically through the Civil Docket Access link.

Requests for Electronic Records of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court

Electronic Records maintained by the Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court are available as provided in Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration No. *402. Standard reports, recurring reports and customized one-time reports are available.

To Request Electronic Records of the First Judicial District, click the link to the applicable Request Form.

  1. Recurring Requests. Standard reports are available on a recurring basis pursuant to an established fee schedule can be requested the completing the Electronic Data Recurring Request Form (Electronic Data-reports) form..
  2. Nonrecurring Requests. Customized reports can be requested by submitting the following Electronic Data Nonrecurring Request form (Electronic Case Records) form. The complexity of each request will determine the cost and completion time. The requestor must describe the data sought in as much detail as possible.

Request for Criminal Electronic Record information available through the Common Pleas Case Management System (CPCMS)

Docket Sheets of individual Philadelphia Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas criminal cases are available free of charge through the Web Portal of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania at the following link: Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas Criminal Docket Sheets.

Recurring Reports and Nonrecurring Reports containing CPCMS Electronic Records or Data from multiple cases are available through the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court. To Request CPCMS Electronic Records click the link for the applicable Request Form:

  1. Recurring Requests. Standard reports are available on a recurring basis pursuant to an established fee schedule can be requested the completing the AOPC Electronic Case Records Recurring Request form.
  2. Nonrecurring Requests. Customized reports can be requested by submitting the AOPC Electronic Case Records Nonrecurring Request form

Requests for Financial Records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration No. 509 (Rule 509) governs access to Financial Records maintained by all judicial districts statewide, including the Financial Records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. See also Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration No. *403.

The term "Financial Record" is defined in Rule 509 as "any account, contract, invoice or equivalent dealing with: 1) the receipt or disbursement of funds appropriated to the [court] system; or 2) acquisition, use or disposal of services, supplies, materials, equipment or property secured through funds appropriated to the [court] system"

Request for Summary Information Regarding Purchase Orders and Contracts.

Summary information regarding First Judicial District purchase orders and contracts of $5,000 or more is available through Unified Judicial System’s the Web Portal at the following link: Financial Records by clicking the Contracts/Purchase Order Summaries link and by selecting "Philadelphia" in the "Judicial Office" field.

Request for Summary Information Regarding Purchase Orders and Contracts.

Summary information regarding First Judicial District purchase orders and contracts of $5,000 or more is available through Unified Judicial System’s the Web Portal at the following link: Financial Records by clicking the Contracts/Purchase Order Summaries link and by selecting "Philadelphia" in the "Judicial Office" field.

Request for Copies of Financial Records

Requests for copies of Financial Records of the First Judicial District accessible pursuant to Rule 509 must be made using the First Judicial District Financial Records Request form.

Note: The Right to Know Law does not apply to state and local courts, which are referenced in the Right to Know Law as Judicial Agencies. Access to Financial Records is provided to the public as provided in Rule 509.

Requests by Governmental Agencies

Requests for Case Records, Electronic Records and Financial Records by county, state or federal governmental agencies must be made by using the Government Access Request form.

Public Access Fee Schedule Applicable to the Records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

The Fee Schedule governing access to records of the First Judicial System of Pennsylvania is available at the following link: Public Access Fee Schedule.

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