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Title 252—ALLEGHENY COUNTY RULES

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Judicial Administration Rule of the Court of Common Pleas; No. AD-000-219 of 2017—PJ

[47 Pa.B. 6932]
[Saturday, November 11, 2017]

Order of Court

And Now, to-wit, this 25th day of October, 2017, It Is Hereby Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed that the following Rule of Judicial Administration of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, adopted by the Board of Judges, shall be effective on January 6, 2018 following publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin:

RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 6001—Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts
RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 6001.7—Confidential Information
RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 6001.10—Limits on Remote Access to Case Records

By the Court

JEFFREY A. MANNING, 
President Judge

LOCAL RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

Rule 6001. Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts.

Rule 6001.7. Confidential Information.

 Case Records and Pleadings containing confidential information shall be filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas as follows:

 All documents filed with the Court which contain Confidential Information as defined in Section 7.0 of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts shall be filed in duplicate with an unredacted original and a copy with all Confidential Information redacted.

 The unredacted original must be filed with a Fifth Judicial District Unredacted Original Cover Sheet, available at the Department of Court Records, or if e-filing, by marking the document as an unredacted original document.

 Redacted Copies need not be used in matters in which the documents filed by the parties are otherwise completely confidential by law or rule and unavailable for public access including, but not limited to:

 • Act 53 Proceedings

 • Adoptions

 • Dependency Proceedings

 • Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings that are completely confidential pursuant to applicable rules and statute

 • Pennsylvania Judicial Bypass Proceedings

 • Support Proceedings

 • Incapacity proceedings filed pursuant to 20 Pa.C.S. §§ 5501—5555

 • Proceedings under 20 Pa.C.S. § 711(9)

 • Confidential proceedings under the Mental Health Procedures Act, 50 P.S. § 7101 et. sec.

 • Matters under seal in the Civil Division that are unavailable for public access

 • Documents filed under seal in the Civil Division that are unavailable for public access

Rule 6001.10. Limits on Remote Access to Case Records.

 In accordance with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of the Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts, online access to the docket and case records shall be restricted as follows:

 a. The public's online access to records shall be limited as set forth in section 10.0 of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of the Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts.

 b. Attorneys listed as counsel of record who have entered their appearance on a Civil Division, Family Division or Orphans' Court case and who have a verified login to the Department of Court Records online access portal shall have the same access to that case online as they would if they had appeared in person at the Court Facility where the records are kept, except for access to:

 1. Sealed Records or Documents

 2. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders;

 3. Transcripts;

 4. Adoption Proceedings

 5. Proceedings under the Mental Health Procedures Act, 50 P.S. § 7101 et. sec.

 6. Proceedings under 20 Pa.C.S. § 711(9)

 7. Inheritance Tax Returns

 8. Inventories and Accounts in Orphans' Court Matters

 9. Addresses of Victims of Abuse;

 10. Confidential Documents as defined in Section 8.0 of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of the Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts except the documents listed in subsections 8.0(A)(5), (6) and (7);

 11. Any Other Proceedings or Documents Specified by the President Judge or an Administrative Judge of a Division

 c. Attorneys acting in a pro bono capacity on a Family Division case may enter a limited appearance. Attorneys who have entered a limited appearance and who have a verified login to the Department of Court Records online access portal shall have the same access to that case online as an Attorney of Record in subparagraph (b) above.

 d. Parties to a Family Division, Civil Division, or Orphans' Court case who have filed a Praecipe of Appear-ance for Online Access on a case and who have a verified login to the Department of Court Records online access portal shall have the same access to that case online as an Attorney of Record in subparagraph (b) above.

 e. A Guardian Ad Litem in a Family Division, Civil Division, or Orphans' Court Case who has been appointed by court order filed with the Department of Court Records and who has filed a Praecipe of Appearance for Online Access on a case with the Department of Court Records and who has a verified login to the Department of Court Records online access portal shall have the same access to that case in person and online and as an Attorney of Record in subparagraph (b) above. The Guardian Ad Litem shall file a Withdrawal of Appearance upon completion of their involvement in the case which will terminate their access to the case.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1841. Filed for public inspection November 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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