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How to Obtain Court Records in the State of Pennsylvania?

In the state of Pennsylvania, the public has the right to view and obtain copies of most court records and documents. However, this right is not absolute. A court reserves the right to seal certain records in extenuating circumstances. To obtain such court records, you will be required to visit the courthouse where the case occurred and submit in writing to the clerk court (via a request form).

Pennsylvania State court records may also be viewed online. Many Pennsylvania public records are posted online. You may view information such as court calendars, appellate and Supreme Court opinions, docket sheets, etc. Briefs and motions are not viewable online. These may only be viewed in person.

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If you are able to visit the courthouse, you can access more detailed information about specific
Pennsylvania court records. Details about a case that are accessible include motions and pleadings of people involved in a lawsuit, docket information, orders and decisions made by the court, the evidence submitted by both the defense and prosecution, hearings of transcripts and any other pertinent case information.

There are certain cases which are inaccessible to the public. These records contain highly sensitive information and they include adoption proceedings, juvenile proceedings, and divorce cases. In addition, a court reserves the right to seal specific court cases if the cause exists. This is especially important if disclosure of information may cause serious harm to the parties involved in the case. For instance, court records may be sealed in a criminal case. The disclosure of its contents may compromise the defendant’s right to have a fair hearing or even put the informants’ safety at harm during an ongoing trial.

How to Get Court Records in Pennsylvania?


  1. To search for Pennsylvania court records online, visit the Unified Justice System of Pennsylvania Web Portal or UJSPW. This service is free of charge. It provides access to individual court case details. On this portal, you will find the following information about a particular case:

- Criminal common plea court details

- Appellate court information

- Magisterial district court information including landlord/tenant cases, non-traffic cases, civil cases, and criminal cases.

Court case information listed on UJSPW may not be used as a replacement for criminal background verification. This service may only be offered by Pennsylvania State Police.

  1. Under the subheading, ‘Case Information’ scroll over ‘Court Case’ or ‘Calendars’. For ‘Court Case’, select the court where the case is filed, i.e. Magisterial, appellate, district, common pleas or Philadelphia municipal.
  2. Once you select the court, a page will populate asking you the case docket number. In some cases, it may ask you additional details such as the county name, or court office.
  3. If you select ‘Calendars’, choose ‘Magisterial’ or ‘Common Pleas’. Fill in as many fields as possible to narrow your search results.

How to Get Court Records in Pennsylvania


To obtain a paper copy of a particular case record from Magisterial district courts, you are requested to visit the courthouse where your case was held is being heard. You will be asked to complete a request form. You may be asked to show a government-issued photo ID. Please note, there are photocopying fees applicable at $0.25 per page. Depending on the complexity of the case, you may be charged a small fee for the Pennsylvania court records search.

At the Magisterial District Court, you may access the following types of cases:

- Civil

- Criminal

- Traffic

- Non-Traffic

- Tenant/Landlord

To find out information about a specific Magisterial courthouse location or contact number click on the following link:


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