Dept. of Court Records

New Filing Requirements Effective January 1, 2022

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has amended the Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. The new version of the policy takes effect on January 1, 2022.

Under the new policy, filings containing Confidential Information can no longer be filed in 2 versions - redacted and unredacted as has been the practice in Allegheny County in the past. Rather, effective January 1, 2022, when filing documents containing Confidential Information, the Confidential Information must be redacted from the original document by the filing party and included on a separate statewide “Confidential Information Form". Thus, a redacted original and a Confidential Information Form must be filed (instead of redacted and unredacted versions).

The Fifth Judicial District Coversheet, which was previously used to distinguish between the redacted and unredacted version will no longer be needed or required.

Therefore, beginning January 1, 2022, The Department of Court Records WILL NOT ACCEPT any documents with “CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION” as redacted and unredacted versions.

On or after January 1, 2022, If a document contains confidential Information,
all filers MUST file a “CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION FORM” separately and
file the original document excluding confidential information as per the new policy.

Public records policies
Public records forms
Confidential Information Form

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