Copies of case records maintained by the Courts of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County) are available as provided by the Public Access Policy of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania which was adopted in 2012 by the Administrative Governing Board of the First Judicial District. Case Records may be requested through a single Public Access - Request for Official Records form which will be forwarded to the following records units for response: (1) Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil, (2) Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Criminal, (3) Court of Common Pleas Orphans' Court Division, (4) Municipal Court - Civil, (5) Municipal Court - Criminal, and (6) Municipal Court - Traffic Division.
In addition, the case records of the Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil are also available electronically by clicking the following link:
Electronic data is also available pursuant to the Public Access Policy of the First Judicial District, and is available through standard reports, which are also available on a recurring basis, as well as through specific customized reports.
If you would like to obtain data on multiple cases - for a fee - click the link to the applicable Request Form below, which will be sent to the appropriate unit for response and processing:
Recurring Requests. Standard reports available on a recurring basis pursuant to an established fee schedule can be requested as follows:
The number of reports and type of data available is an ongoing project, and may be modified from time to time.
Nonrecurring Requests. Customized reports can also be requested through the following Electronic Data Nonrecurring Request form
The complexity of each request will determine the cost and completion time. The requestor must describe the data sought in as much detail as possible, including the time period of the data.
Requests by Government Agencies. County, state or federal governmental agencies must use the Government Access Request form when requesting case records from the First Judicial District.
Docket Sheets of Philadelphia Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas criminal cases are available free of charge through the Web Portal of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania at the following link:
To obtain data on multiple cases - for a fee - submit a written request to the AOPC's Public Access Unit as follows:
Additional information regarding access to Public Records maintained by the Unified Judicial System is available on its Public Records Policies Web Portal
The Right to Know Law, generally, does not apply to state and local courts, also referenced as Judicial Agencies. The Right to Know Law only applies as provided in Pennsylvania Rule of Judicial Administration No. 509 to financial records maintained by the courts. The term "financial records" is defined as "any account, contract, invoice or equivalent dealing with: 1) the receipt or disbursement of funds appropriated to the [court] system; or 2) acquisition, use or disposal of services, supplies, materials, equipment or property secured through funds appropriated to the [court] system."
Financial records are available on a state level as well as on a county or local level. Financial records maintained at the state level are available through the Web Portal maintained by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania (“UJS”) at the following webpage
This webpage provides public access to summary information on purchase orders and contracts of $5,000 or more after July 1, 2008. More specific information can be requested through the UJS’ Financial Records Request form
First Judicial District Contracts and Purchase Orders of $5,000 or more issued after July 1, 2008 are also available through the UJS Web Portal at the following link by selecting "Philadelphia" in the "Judicial Office" field:
More specific information can be requested through the FJD Financial Records Request form.
FJD Rule 509 Financial Information Fee Schedule
Retrieval/Redaction: $7.00 per 15 Minute periods
CD: $5.00 Each
Postage: Actual Cost
The FJD may assess additional fees as necessary to cover costs incurred in fulfilling specific information requests. Pre-payment will be required if expected compliance costs exceed $100.
Additional information related to the Rule 509 Process can be found via the links below.