Judicial Administration Public Access Policy Local Rule 102; No. 213 MS 2017
[47 Pa.B. 7450]
[Saturday, December 9, 2017]
And Now, this 21st day of November, 2017, it is hereby Ordered that a Public Access Policy, Case Records of the Trial Courts, is adopted as a local rule of judicial administration for use in the Court of Common Pleas of the 4th Judicial District, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
This Order shall become effective on January 6, 2018.
By the Court
GEORGE W. WHEELER,
Local Rule No. 102. Public Access Policy: Case Records of the Trial Courts.
Pursuant to Section 7 of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts, any person who files documents that contain certain confidential information as defined by the Policy shall use and file a Confidential Information Form in order to comply with the Policy. All filings in the Court of Common Pleas of Tioga County shall comply with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. Information that is confidential as defined by the Public Access Policy shall not be included in any document filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Tioga County, except on a Confidential Information Form filed contemporaneously with the document.
Confidential information filed in accordance with the Public Access Policy shall be on a standardized Confidential Information Form provided by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts. The form shall be available in each filing office as well as on the Court's website at: www.tiogacountypa.us.
A. Unless required by applicable authority or as provided in Subsection C of this rule, the following information is confidential and shall NOT be included in any document filed with a court or custodian, except on a Confidential Information Form filed contemporaneously with the document.
a. Social Security Numbers;
b. Financial Account Numbers, except an active financial account number may be identified by the last four digits when the financial account is the subject of the case and cannot otherwise be identified;
c. Driver's License Numbers;
d. State Identification (SID) Numbers;
e. 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
f. Abuse victim's address and other contact information, including employer's names, address and work schedule, in family court actions as defined by Pa.R.C.P. No 1931(a), except for victim's name.
B. Attorney's and self-represented parties shall file the Confidential Information Form in the appropriate office (Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts, or Clerk of Orphans' Court).
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. Attorney's 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 Appellant 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 Appellant and Trial Courts that require filing confidential information differently than non-confidential information and documents.''
E. The Court or the appropriate filing office (Prothono-tary/Clerk of Courts or Clerk of the Orphans' Court), is not required and will not review or redact any filed documents for compliance with the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellant and Trial Courts.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-2025. Filed for public inspection December 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]
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