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PA Supreme Court issues new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records. The policy includes how requests for access are to be handled, establishes a limit on copying fees and delineates what information will be safeguarded.

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Caseload statistics show PA courts processed 3.5 million cases in 2015

Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System has released its 2015 caseload statistics report containing data, charts and tables representing the work of Pennsylvania’s appellate, Common Pleas and limited jurisdiction courts.

“Caseload statistics are the single best way to describe what courts are doing currently and to help plan for what’s to come in the future,” said Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor. “In this age of advanced technology, government agencies are expected to provide reliable and accessible data to the public, and the judiciary is committed to meeting that expectation.”

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Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts - A different path for justice

Problem-solving courts – including veterans courts, adult and juvenile drug courts, DUI courts and mental health courts – are changing lives in Pennsylvania by diverting nonviolent offenders from jail if they comply with treatment and program requirements.  

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