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Public Access Policy

PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY FOR ORPHANS' COURT -- NOTICE TO ALL FILERS

Rules of Judicial Administration

Rule 510 -- Public Access Policy

Pursuant to Sections 7 and 8 of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania:  Case Records of Appellate and Trial Courts, persons who file documents that contain personal information as defined by the Policy shall file a Confidential Information Form along with the redacted copy of the document and  persons who file confidential documents as defined by the Policy shall file a Confidential Document Form along with the unredacted document. Parties are expressly prohibited from filing a redacted and an unredacted version of any document.  The policy and forms are available on the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts website www.pacourts.us as well as on the Berks County Court website www.co.berks.pa.us.

​Effective January 6, 2018, the public access policy established by the Administrative Office of PA Courts will be in place.  You may access the policy at this site:

Public Access of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts

Before submitting a filing, it is important to watch the video series and read the public access policy and related filing and educational information available at The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania.

The new video series highlights:

  • How to file confidential documents
  • How to protect certain pieces of confidential information
  • How to access court records.

Forms related to the policy are available here:

  1. Confidential Information Form
  2. Confidential Document Form
  3. Clerical Error Correction Form
  4. Written Request for Access to Case Records