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PA Statutes

In Pennsylvania, acts passed by the Legislature are published in chronological order as "session laws" or "pamphlet laws". Typically, acts are also codified by topic and published as compiled statutes. This allows the researcher to find statutory law by subject.

The easiest way to access the compiled Pennsylvania statutes online is through the Unofficial Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes from Westlaw. The annotated version, Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes Annotated, is available in print in the library.

Titles in the Unofficial Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes from Westlaw are cited either as Pa.C.S.A. or P.S. To find out more about the distinction between these abbreviations, see the Pennsylvania Statutes guide.

For other ways to access the Pennsylvania statutes, including in print as well as on subscription legal databases like Lexis and Westlaw, see the Pennsylvania Statutes guide. This guide also details how to access older versions of the statutes. For how to view the text of the acts before they are codified into the statutes, see the Pennsylvania Session Laws guide.