Rule 15.21. Privacy; Withholding the Court File from Inspection.
(a) All court records and all other documents in the court file, including, but not limited to, completed statements of medical, personal, or social history information, signed authorization or consent forms, signed forms withholding or revoking authorization, requests for identifying or non-identifying information, and attorney records shall be withheld from inspection except as provided by 23 Pa.C.S. § § 2931 et seq. and Rule 15.22.
(b) Except as provided in (d), the docket, court records, and all other documents in the court file shall be closed.
(c) Certificates of adoption shall be issued as provided in 23 Pa.C.S. § 2907, reciting that the court has granted the adoption, but not disclosing the names of the birth parents or the name of the adopted individual before adoption.
(d) No decision under the Adoption Act of any hearing judge or an appellate court publicly reported or in any other way made available to the public by the court shall disclose the identity of the individual parties.
The provisions of this Rule 15.21 added July 22, 2021, effective July 1, 2022, 51 Pa.B. 4267.
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