Open Records Request
Purpose & Effective Date
On February 14, 2008, Act 3 of 2008 was passed into law amending the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law (Purdons, 65 P.S. Section 65 et section.). The Act governs the rights of the public to inspect and obtain copies of public records. The effective date of the act is January 1, 2009.
Public records are defined by the act.
A record is defined as any information, regardless of form, documenting a transaction or activity of an agency, is created, received, or retained pursuant to law or in connection with a transaction, business, or activity of the agency. It includes documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, film, or sound recordings, information stored or maintained electronically, and a data-processed or image-processed document.
Section 708 outlines a number of items exempted from the act which are listed in the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Exceptions (PDF) document.
The availability of records for public inspection is defined by the act.
Public records are open to inspection and for duplication during normal office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. prevailing time, Monday through Friday, except for holidays, subject to the regulations set forth herein.
Resources & Links
- Pennsylvania Right to Know Exceptions (PDF)
- Right-to-Know Uniform Request Form (PDF)
- Guide to the new Open Records Law: Act 3 of 2008 (PDF)
- The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
- The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition
Open Records Officer
Margaret N. Gray
Email Margaret N. Gray
District Attorney Right to Know Requests
For District Attorney Right to Know Requests please contact:
Email Amanda Bernier
Court Related Right to Know Requests
For court related Right to Know Requests please contact:
Kendra Miknis, Court Administrator
Email Kendra Miknis
Sheriff Related Right to Know Requests
For sheriff related Right to Know Requests please contact:
Sheriff Bryan Sampsel
Email Sheriff Bryan Sampsel