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Pennsylvania Resources

This State Guide lists the major sources of law in Pennsylvania.


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Print Reporters:

Docket Search:

Case Briefs:

  • State Library of Pennsylvania: Search for the keywords pennsylvania records briefs in the State Library Catalog.
  • Jenkins Law Library: Provides its members access to Court Records & Briefs index database to help locate and request documents from their website.
  • Widener University Law School Library: Offers an Index of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Records & Briefs organized by date, party, and citation to the cases that the library carries. The library has copies of select records and briefs dating back to 1997.
  • Libraries that own Records and Briefs of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in microform can be found in WorldCat.

More on Cases & Courts

Some state court dockets may be found in WestlawLexis (Browse > Sources > By Category > Dockets), and Bloomberg Law (within the state's Laws & Regulations page). National Center for State Courts offer links to public docket search engines for state and county courts when available. Also try searching for dockets on the court's web site.

Briefs and Trial Court Documents may be available in WestlawBriefs, Pleadings and Motions may be found in Lexis.

To locate state court materials not available within Westlaw, Lexis or Bloomberg Law, see Free and Fee-Based Appellate Court Briefs OnlineThe Sourcebook to Public Record Information : The Comprehensive Guide to County, State, & Federal Public Records Sources (2015) and A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State (1999). Some state court materials may have to be obtained from the court's clerk office.

Some state appellate courts may make recordings of oral arguments and hearings available on their web sites.

Court rules may be found in Westlaw under Statutes & Court Rules and Lexis' Court Rules. In Bloomberg Law search for [state] court rules in the search box and select Browse TOC. Court rules may also be found within the court's web site.

Court statistics may be found on the court's web page, published in the court's administrative office annual reports.

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