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Posted on: December 21, 2017

PA courts release video series on new public access policy for appellate & trial court case records

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Pennsylvania courts have released a series of
 that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and documents in public court filings with the trial and appellate courts.

The new PublicAccess Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of
the Appellate and Trial Courts
is effective on Jan. 6, 2018. This policy affects everyone – including attorneys – filing cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court (excluding the Traffic Division), Common Pleas, Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts.

The policy’s goal is to ensure that court records are open and accessible to the public while also safeguarding personal identifiers and sensitive information – such as social security numbers and tax returns – that may be contained in documents filed with those courts.  

The new video series highlights: 

  • how to file confidential documents 
  • how to protect certain pieces of confidential information 
  • how to access court records

Anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts is 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.

Before submitting a filing, it is important to watch thevideo series and read the public access policy and related filing and educational information available at

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