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Earlier this summer, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a standing order regarding the possession and use of electronic devices in the courthouse . This order specifically addresses the use of cameras and other recording devices, including cell phones,...
Last year Pennsylvania's General Assembly was the first state in the U.S. to pass a clean slate law. Governor Wolf signed the bill into law on June 28, 2018 . The law created an automated process to seal certain criminal and non-conviction records. It also expanded the number of misdemeanor...
If you’ve been seeing PACER in the news a lot lately (see this NYT Editorial , ABA Journal article , or The New Republic article for starters) and you’re wondering what all the buzz is about, read on for a summary of current events surrounding the federal courts’ electronic docketing system,...
Check out the video series the Pennsylvania Courts released on the new Appellate and Trial Court Case Records Policy . These videos help attorneys and other interested parties understand how to file confidential documents, how to protect confidential information such as social security numbers, and...
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's new policy that provides uniform standards regarding the public's access to case records for all appellate and trial courts in Pennsylvania goes into effect January 6, 2018. The Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the...
"[T]he courts are constantly considering issues regarding the need for openness and transparency and the concern for personal privacy and security." (Explanatory Report, Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts, 47 Pa.B.301...
Need a quick visual on the structure of the Pennsylvania courts? Check out this Chart for Pennsylvania courts provided by the Court Statistics Project (CSP), a joint project of the National Center for State Courts and the Conference of State Court Administrators. This one-page diagram lists the...
Federal Court Management Statistics is a website maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary that gives statistical profiles for all U.S. Courts of Appeals and District Courts, plus national totals and rankings from 1997 to the present. Need to know...
Select Philadelphia Court forms are available on the court's website.