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Making Pennsylvania Criminal Court Dockets Available on the Internet Will Have Unintended Consequences

  • Organization: Community Legal Services Inc. of Pennsylvania
  • Date Created: Wednesday, June 01, 2005
  • Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007
  • Attachment(s): PDF

The Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts ("AOPC") is implementing a project to make the Pennsylvania courts' dockets available to the public on the internet, including criminal court dockets. Prior to this project, some civil dockets were available on the internet, such as the civil dockets for the First Judicial District (the Philadelphia common pleas courts). However, criminal dockets were not available.

Community Legal Services, Inc. ("CLS) is concerned that the indices of these criminal court dockets will be used as "criminal records" for background checks, and that they will be subject to misuse in ways that will deprive Pennsylvanians of critically important interests, such as employment and housing.

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