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4. CERTAIN INFORMATION is only accessible at the
courthouse and not online.

* Family court records, except for dockets, court orders and
opinions, are an example of information which falls under this
section of the policy.

Parties and their attorneys will be responsible for safeguarding
information in the documents they file with the courts. Courts
may impose appropriate sanctions upon a party or attorney for
failing to comply with the new policy.
The policy is the result of a multi-year review by a group led
by co-chairs Commonwealth Court Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer
and Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lois
E. Murphy, who were the original visionaries for the project. The
work group included judges, court administrators, appellate court
prothonotaries, county filing office personnel, representatives
from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Supreme Court's
rules committees and staff of the Administrative Office of
Pennsylvania Courts.

The most current public access policy for the state's magisterial
district courts was adopted in 2010. Electronic case records are
governed by a separate policy which was effective in January 2007
and updated in 2013.
Each court is required to have a copy of the policy available
for public inspection.

Throughout 2017, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania
Courts (AOPC) will work with judges, court staff, lawyers'
organizations and others with business before the courts to
educate them about the new requirements.

The Court's order, policy and explanatory report, and a chart
of entitled Limits on Public Access to the Unified Judicial System
(UJS) of Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts (listing
restrictions imposed by existing legal authority) are available
on the UJS web site at http://www.pacourts.us/public-recordpolicies.
ORDER
PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY
LIMITS ON PUBLIC ACCESS

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As is often the case, implementation may vary from county
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familiarize themselves with the policy and the specific procedures
of each county in which they practice and appear.

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