Doing Business with the Court
Copy and Fee Requirements
Certain filings with the Court require a fee that must be paid at the time of filing. Filing may be accomplished by filing a paper original and a specified number of copies in the Court’s filing office, or by electronic filing via the PACFile appellate court electronic filing system. All documents must comply with the general requirements of Pa. R.A.P. 124, but the specific requirements for how filing is accomplished and what must be submitted may differ depending on whether filing is done by paper or electronically.
Filing on Paper – See Pa. R.A.P. 121, which addresses filing and service of papers in general. All paper filings must be made in the Court’s filing office. Please provide an additional copy and a self-addressed postage paid envelope if you wish to have a file-stamped copy returned. All paper documents filed with the Court are scanned, and an electronic image of the document is maintained in the Court's Electronic Records Management System (ERMS). To facilitate scanning, Pa. R.A.P. 124 requires that the paper original must be unbound (but should be securely binder clipped); copies must be firmly bound. In addition to the required copies, parties filing paper documents are encouraged (but not required) to file an electronic copy of every paper document in PDF format on a disc, flash drive, or similar electronic medium. Follow the Copy and Fee Requirements link below for specific information on fees, the number of required copies of paper filings, and the system requirements for electronic copies of paper filings.
Filing Electronically via PACFile – See Pa. R.A.P. 125, which authorizes electronic filing through PACFile. Within seven days of submission of an electronically filed document, the filer must submit to the court a bound paper version of the electronic filing with as many bound copies as the court requires. To ensure that the paper version submitted is the same as the electronically filed document, the paper version should be a printed copy of the electronically file-stamped document that was returned to the filer after acceptance by PACFile. Follow the Copy and Fee Requirements link below for specific information on fees and the required paper version and copies of electronically filed documents.
Electronic Filing in Commonwealth Court - PACFile
Electronic filing is available in Commonwealth Court via the PACFile appellate court electronic filing system. PACFile is a service that provides attorneys and pro se litigants the option to file documents electronically on new and existing Commonwealth Court cases. Payment of any associated fees is also accepted at the time a filing is submitted and may be made with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or ATM card. Upon the completion and payment of a filing, it will be transmitted to the court for processing. Registering for a secure user account is necessary in order to use this service. For more information about PACFile and to register for a user account, visit the UJS Web Portal.
Filing a Brief
Before filing an appellate brief, make sure all requirements are met. Submitting a brief that does not comply with the rules of procedure may result in the appellate action being dismissed or a party being precluded from filing a brief.
For detailed information on the requirements for filing a brief and what to include, review the Rules of Appellate Procedure. All briefs must be filed in the Court’s filing office with the required number of copies, or electronically filed via PACFile (with the subsequent submission of the required paper version and copies). The following resources are available to assist filers in preparing and filing appellate briefs:
The Commonwealth Court has jurisdiction to hear objections to nomination petitions and papers for statewide office. Persons filing and responding to such petitions should consult the relevant materials in the links below. In particular, those filing objections to nomination petitions or papers must comply with the Notice and Order directing use of a spreadsheet when filing such objections. The spreadsheet provided may be downloaded for use in preparing and filing objections in accordance with the Notice and Order. Finally, a sample of the “Scheduling and Case Management Order” that is issued by the Court upon receipt of objections is provided solely for the purpose of providing general information as to how the Court typically proceeds to resolve election matters in an expeditious manner.
Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodation (ADA)
It is the policy of the Unified Judicial System (UJS) to prohibit discrimination against any individual with a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. § 12131 et seq., in accessing or participating in judicial proceedings or other services, programs or activities of the Unified Judicial System.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity, should contact the ADA Coordinator or filing office to make a written request as soon as possible but no later than three days before the scheduled event.
If you wish to request an interpreter for your case or need assistance obtaining information in your language about court services in the Superior Court, please contact Mary Keane Vilter at 215-560-6300 or Mary.Vilter@pacourts.us.