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Philadelphia

The following are a selection of popular links to the Philadelphia courts, Philadelphia City Council and legislative materials, and Philadelphia executive and administrative agencies.

Courts

The Philadelphia Courts, also known as the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, are composed of two separate courts: the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. The court's website provides a wealth of information, forms, policies, opinions, and more. A small selection of the available material is listed below.

The Philadelphia Courts: First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Trial, Family and Orphans' Court Divisions) and Municipal Court (Criminal, Civil and Traffic Divisions)

Civil Docket Access
Can search by party, company name, or case ID number.

Court Opinions
Search by court, issue date, topic, judge or party name.

Forms
Select forms for all divisions of the Philadelphia Courts

Philadelphia County Local Rules
Includes local court rules for civil, criminal, Orphans', family, and municipal courts.

Publications - Brochures & Manuals
Includes brochures and manuals for select programs and processes, including housing, mental health court, family matters, and small claims court.

Legislation

The Philadelphia City Council is the legislative branch of the city government. Its Legislative Information Center includes legislation, transcripts, and more. The subject codified Philadelphia Code & Home Rule Charter is also available for free online.

The Philadelphia Code & Home Rule Charter American Legal Publishing Corp.
Browse or search titles of the Code and Charter.

Ordinances
Ordinances from 2000 to present.

Philadelphia City Council
Bills, resolutions, minutes, agendas, and other City Council documents.

Philadelphia Municipal Documents U of PA Libraries, Archive.org
Includes Journal of the Common Council (1837-1916), Ordinances (1850-1920), and other historical documents.  Coverage may vary.
 

Administrative & Executive

A select number of Philadelphia agencies are listed below. To find more Philadelphia departments, agencies, and boards check out phila.gov.

Philadelphia agency regulations are not found in a print resource. Many Philadelphia agencies provide select regulations on their websites. If the agency's regulations are not found on its website, you may have to contact the agency.

Board of Ethics
Includes General Counsel Opinions from 2007 to present and Board Opinions from 2006 to present.

City of Philadelphia Property
Search property assessments and ownership information by address, block, owner or account.

Department of Licenses and Inspection
Find information about licenses, permits & certificates, zoning and appeals.

Department of Revenue
Tax forms, reports, publications and other information on water bills, payments and e-filing, and individual and business taxes.

Executive Orders
Mayor's Executive Orders from 1952 to present.

Tax Review Board
Site includes forms, select opinions, and regulations.

Research Tip

To find more Philadelphia departments, agencies, and boards check out phila.gov.