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Supreme Court Amends Case Records Public Access Policy

On September 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania published an Order amending the Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System. The Order includes an Explanatory Report that describes the amendments and their purpose.

An amendment to Section 7.0(D) on confidential information provides that the certification of compliance with the confidentiality policy may be inserted into a document filed, rather than as a separate certification form. 

The commentary to Section 7.0 reminds the reader of the applicability of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct: “Attorneys are reminded that Rules 1.1 and 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct require familiarity and compliance with this policy.” The commentary further notes that for documents e-filed through PACFile, available in the appellate courts and some common pleas courts, the filer can certify compliance by checking a box. 

More detailed information, including a copy of the full policy, forms, and samples can be found at:

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