Public Record Policies

Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System provides comprehensive public access to court records online and upon request unless exempted by court order, state law or administrative policy.


Statistics:

For aggregate numerical data from all courts regarding the filing and disposition of cases, please go to the Research and Statistics page for caseload statistical information. 

Court case information:

To search and view individual court case information—for free—please go to the UJS web portal. On the web portal you will find:

  • appellate court case information (Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth);
  • criminal Common Pleas court case information
  • magisterial district court case information including:
    • civil cases
    • criminal cases
    • traffic cases
    • non-traffic cases
    • landlord/tenant cases

Court case information should not be used in place of a criminal history background check, which can only be provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Requesting electronic case records:

  • To obtain data on multiple cases (such as statewide criminal and traffic case filing and disposition data)— for a fee —submit a written request to the AOPC’s Public Access Unit. The complexity of each request will determine the cost and completion time. The request form must describe the data you are seeking in as much detail as possible, including the time period of the data.
  • A request form for government agencies seeking electronic case records is also available.
  • Those seeking information on a recurring basis, please use a separate request form and review the fee schedule.
  • Those interested in requesting corrections of electronic case records, please use this form.

Financial information:

If you would like to search for financial records maintained by the Unified Judicial System, please go to the financial records page. The site provides public access to summary information on purchase orders and contracts of $5,000 or more after July 1, 2008. It also includes annual appropriation, expenditure, personnel complement and annual compensation information for the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts and Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

If you have a more specific financial request, please use the the Financial Records Request form. For more information on request procedures, please review the Rule of Judicial Administration 509. For more information on fees please see the table below.

Type Cost
Photocopy 11+ pages, $0.15/page
CD $5 each
Postage Actual Cost

In addition, each of Pennsylvania’s 60 judicial districts maintains its own financial records. Contact information for judicial district records managers can be found here.

 

 

Requesting paper case records from Pennsylvania's Magisterial District Courts

If you would like to request paper case records maintained by a magisterial district court office, please contact the appropriate magisterial district court office directly. If your request is complex, you may be asked by the magisterial district court to fill out a request form.

Unified Judicial System public records policies