Right-To-Know Request Open Records Information pertaining to the Judiciary 39th Judicial District, Franklin & Fulton Counties
Rule 509 of Judicial Administration addresses the General Policy, Accessibility, Procedure for Requesting Access, Fees, and Publication of Financial Record Information. This Rule outlines that the judiciary only provides the financial aspect of the request.
The law requires the open records officer to do the following
How to request information?
You can make a request four ways: mail, fax, e-mail or in person. The request must be sufficiently “specific” to allow the public body to identify what you are seeking.
Is there a form to obtain records?
Yes, a standard Open Records request form is available on this webpage. The form from the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records will also be accepted.
Are there fees associated with open records?
Reasonable costs incurred in providing public access to records may be charged Pa.R.J.A.509(D)(1).
A "photocopy" is either a single-sided copy or one side of a double-sided black and white copy of a standard 8.5" x 11" page: $0.25 per page
Fees for postage may not exceed the actual cost of mailing. Fees for records in other forms will follow the County Fee Schedule.
Pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 509(C)(4)(i), the requested information will become available upon payment of any applicable fees and costs. Prior to granting a request for access in accordance with Rule 509(D)(2), the records may require a requester to prepay an estimate of the fees associated with the request, if the fees are expected to exceed $100.
If you wish to contest the decision of the Open Records Officer, you may appeal in writing within 15 business days of the date of Response to the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 39th Judicial District pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. 509(c)(5).