New Public Access Policy for Appellate and Trial Courts

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of Appellate and Trial Courts, which will impact how attorneys file legal documents in the trial and appellate courts, beginning January 6, 2018.  

The new Policy:

  • Specifies the types of information to be safeguarded from public view.
  • Requires lawyers to safeguard certain confidential and sensitive information in court filings.
  • Creates uniform standards specifying how trial and appellate courts respond to requests from the public for case records.

At the WBA Fall Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, David Price, Senior Legal Counsel with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), and Amy DeMatt, Court Administrator for Westmoreland County, provided an overview of the new policy and practical tips to prepare for its implementation.

Links to the new public access policy and draft forms referred to in the presentation are below for your reference. If you have any questions about the policy, the forms, or the changes, contact Court Administrator Amy DeMatt at 724-830-3828.

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