How is a Pennsylvania case search done?


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An individual or a party may search a case in Pennsylvania via the state’s unified judicial system. The Web database stores court records, and the public can access it online, unless a court order, state law or administrative policy prevents it. The system allows access to caseload statistical information too.

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The Web portal provides free retrieval of individual court case information. Information on cases handled by the supreme, superior and commonwealth courts is retrievable at the portal. Criminal common pleas court and magisterial district court case information are also searchable.

A party may also request electronic case records. To retrieve data on more than one case for a fee, a party submits a written request to the Public Access Unit of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. The request form includes fine details of the information being sought, including the time period of the data. Government agencies fill out a special request form to access electronic case data. Also, parties seeking case data on a recurring basis are required to use a separate request form. The costs and delivery time depend on the complexity of individual requests.

Court case information is not a substitute for a criminal history background check, which only the Pennsylvania state police can provide.

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