Administration | Financial Public Access
Consistent with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated April 1, 2020, this Court having originally declared a judicial emergency in the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania through April 14, 2020, President Judge Clark now declares that the judicial emergency be extended through May 8, 2020. The Fifth Judicial District Emergency Operations Plan dated March 26, 2020, as amended, shall remain in effect through the duration of the judicial emergency.
Additionally, in recognition of the likelihood that this judicial emergency may, of necessity, be extended through May 31, 2020, it is further ORDERED that any case postponed due to this emergency be scheduled after May 31, 2020, and that the suspension of the operation of Rule 600 be applied to those postponements, subject to constitutional limitations. Cases that can be resolved entirely through the use of Advanced Communication Technology may be postponed to a date prior to May 31, 2020.
Financial records of the Unified Judicial System are available for public inspection
or copying during established business hours. Financial records are defined as any
account, contract, invoice or equivalent dealing with:
- the receipt or disbursement
of funds appropriated to the system; or
- acquisition, use or disposal of services, supplies,
materials, equipment or property secured through funds appropriated to the system.
Public access to the financial records of the Fifth Judicial District is governed
Rule 509, as amended, of the Pennsylvania Rules
of Judicial Administration. Rule 509 was promulgated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
in furtherance of the Unified Judicial System’s policy of the public’s
right of access to records that concern the use of public funds.
Effective January 1, 2009, summaries of all contracts and purchase orders for $5,000
or more executed July 1, 2008 are posted on the website of the
Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
A request to inspect or obtain copies of Fifth Judicial District financial records
accessible pursuant to Rule 509 must be made in writing. Requests may be submitted
online, in person, by mail, by e-mail,
or by facsimile. Please click
to obtain Form 509.
Please forward your completed form to:
Reasonable costs incurred in providing public access to financial records may be
charged to the requestor as follows:
- Fee Schedule
- Photocopying: 11+ pages - $0.15/Page
- Retrieval / Redaction: $7.00 / 15 Minutes
- CD: $5.00 Each
- Postage: Actual Cost
Prepayment will be required if expected compliance costs exceed $100.