The Official Records of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania are available to the Public pursuant to several statewide and local Policies and Rules of Judicial Administration which are generally described below. The Fee Schedules referenced below set forth the fees which will be charged for the various Public Access Requests.
Effective January 6, 2018, the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts and Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration Nos. *401 and *402, control Public Access to the Case Records and to the Electronic Case Records of the Philadelphia Courts of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court Criminal and Civil Divisions. The Case Records and Electronic Case Records of the Philadelphia Municipal Court Traffic Division are governed by Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration No. *404. Public Access to the Financial Records of the First Judicial District is governed by Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration No. 509 and Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration No. *403. Philadelphia Rules of Judicial Administration are available on the website of the First Judicial District at: http://www.courts.phila.gov/pdf/rules/Judicial_Administration-Complied-Rules.pdf.
Copies of Case Records maintained by the 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. Additionally, Civil Division Case Records of the Court of Common Pleas of the Trial Division which are accessible to the public are also available electronically through the Civil Docket Access link.
Electronic Case Records maintained by the Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court are available as provided in Philadelphia Rule of Judicial Administration No. *403. Standard reports are made available, as well as customized one-time or recurring reports.
To Request Electronic Case Records of the First Judicial District, click the link to the applicable Request Form.
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 Search. Standard reports and customized reports containing CPCMS electronic data from multiple cases are available through the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court.
To Request CPCMS Electronic Case Records click the link to the applicable Request Form.
Additional information regarding access to Public Records maintained by the Unified Judicial System/AOPC is available on the Unified Judicial System Website by clicking the following link: Public Records.
Generally, 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.
Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration No. 509 controls access to the Financial Records maintained by the courts. The term "financial records" 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"
Financial Records are available on the state level through the Web Portal maintained by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania at the Public Records Policies page and well as on the Financial Records link which provides searchable public access to Contracts/Purchase Order Summaries of $5,000 or more and Judicial Expenditures beginning on July 1, 2008, and Non-searchable appropriations and salary/compensation reports.
More specific information can be requested through the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Financial Records Request form
Financial Records of the First Judicial District are available for Contracts/Purchase Order of $5,000 or more through the AOPC/Unified Judicial System's Financial Records page, by clicking the Contracts/Purchase Order Summaries link and by selecting "Philadelphia" in the "Judicial Office" field.
More specific First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Financial Records can be requested through the First Judicial District Financial Records Request form.
Two Fee Schedules govern Public Access to the Records of the First Judicial System of Pennsylvania: