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Business of the Courts; Case No. X of 2017

[47 Pa.B. 7836]
[Saturday, December 30, 2017]

Order

And Now, this 15th day of November, 2017, it is hereby Ordered And Decreed that L.R. No. 1930.1 Public Access, L.R. No. 101 Confidential Information, and L.R. No. 102 Confidential Documents, shall be adopted to the 26th Judicial District's Local Rules of Judicial Administration, adopted for use in both Columbia, and Montour Counties, Court of Common Pleas of the 26th Judicial District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and shall become effective January 6th, 2018 after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 The 26th Judicial District Court Administrator is Ordered and Directed to do the following:

 1) File one (1) copy to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts via e-mail to adminrules@pacourts.us.

 2) Forward two (2) paper copies and one (1) electronic copy in a Microsoft Word format to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 3) Publish the local rules on the court's website to be incorporated into the set of local rules on the website within 30 days after the publication of the local rules in Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 4) File one copy of the local rules in the appropriate filing offices for public inspection and copying.

By the Court

HONORABLE THOMAS A. JAMES, Jr., 
President Judge

L.R. 1930.1. Public Access.

 Attorneys and self-represented parties shall comply with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts and Local Rules of Judicial Administration 101 and 102.

L.R. 101. Confidential Information.

 A. In accordance with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts, attorneys and self-represented parties shall not include the following confidential information in any document filed with the appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of the Orphans' Court), except on the Confidential Information Form. Forms shall be available in each filing office, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts website, and the 26th Judicial District website at www.columbiamontourcourts.com.

 1. Social Security Numbers

 2. Financial Account Numbers, except an active financial account number may be identified by the last four digits when the financial account is the subject to the case and cannot otherwise be identified;

 3. Driver's License Numbers;

 4. State Identification (SID) Numbers;

 5. Minors' names and dates of birth except when a minor is charged as a defendant in a criminal matter (see 42 Pa.C.S. § 6355); and

 6. Abuse victim's address and other contact information, including employer's name, address and work schedule, in family court actions as defined by Pa.R.C.P. 1931(a), except for victim's name.

 B. Attorneys and self-represented parties shall file the Confidential Information Form in the appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of the Orphans' Court), contemporaneously with the document.

 C. This section is not applicable to cases that are sealed or exempted from public access pursuant to applicable authority. Examples of such cases are juvenile cases, child support cases, and adoptions.

 D. Attorneys and self-represented parties shall be solely responsible for complying with the provisions of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania; Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts and the applicable state and local rules and shall certify their compliance to the Court. This certification shall accompany each filing and shall be substantially in the following form: ''I certify that this filing complies with the provisions of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts that require filing confidential information and documents differently than non-confidential information and documents.''

 E. The court or appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of the Orphans' Court), is not required and will not review or redact any filed document for compliance with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts.

L.R. 102. Confidential Documents.

 A. In accordance with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts, attorneys and self-represented parties shall file the following confidential documents with the appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of the Orphans' Court) under a cover sheet titled ''Confidential Document Form'' which shall be available in each filing office, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts website and the 26th Judicial District Website at www.columbiamontourcourts.com.

 1. Financial Source Documents;

 2. Minors' educational records;

 3. Medical/Psychological records;

 4. Children and Youth Services' records;

 5. Marital Property Inventory and Pre-Trial Statement as provided in Pa.R.C.P. 1920.33;

 6. Income and Expense Statements as provided in Pa.R.C.P. 1910.27(c); and

 7. Agreements between parties as used in 23 Pa.C.S. § 3105.

 B. Confidential documents submitted with the Confidential Document Form shall not be accessible to the public, except as ordered by the court. The Confidential Document Form shall be accessible to the public.

 C. This section is not applicable to cases that are sealed or exempted from public access pursuant to applicable authority. Examples of such cases are juvenile cases, child support cases, and adoptions.

 D. Attorneys and self-represented parties shall be solely responsible for complying with the provisions of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania; Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts and the applicable state and local rules and shall certify their compliance to the Court. This certification shall accompany each filing and shall be substantially in the following form: ''I certify that this filing complies with the provisions of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts that require filing confidential information and documents differently than non-confidential information and documents.''

 E. The court or appropriate filing office (Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of the Orphans' Court), is not required and will not review or redact any filed document for compliance with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-2164. Filed for public inspection December 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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