November 17, 2014

Pennsylvania: Court Expands Free Internet Access to Case Records

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From the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts:

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [recently] expanded its online case database to include information regarding landlord-tenant cases and civil cases of less than $12,000 that are filed in the state’s magisterial district courts.

Electronic docket sheets for more than 4.1 million of these cases will be available on the Unified Judicial System’s website at www.pacourts.us by clicking on the “Docket Sheets” button at the bottom of the page.

The online database also contains records for nearly 27 million traffic, non-traffic and criminal cases that have been filed in Pennsylvania’s appellate, Common Pleas (criminal) and magisterial district courts. The records can be searched by court, case category and status, docket number and type, county and participant name, date of birth (if available) and date filed. In 2012, the public accessed these case records more than 53 million times via the Internet, free of charge.

The decision to expand online access to magisterial district civil and landlord-tenant cases is consistent with the Supreme Court’s commitment to provide easy access to court records.

Direct to Docket Sheets and Records Database (PA Unified Judiciary Web Portal)

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