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Be sure to attach Certificates of Compliance to your pleadings.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 23, 2018

No. 1,403

Section 7.0 of the “Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts” places the burden of screening documents on litigants and attorneys who file them and to exclude or redact certain confidential information (except when using a special Confidential Information Form). The clerks who maintain the records  are not required to redact sensitive information, but their hands will not be slapped if they do. Information prohibited includes:

  1. Social Security Numbers;
  2. Financial Account Numbers, except an active financial account number may be identified by the last four digits when the financial account is the subject of the case and cannot otherwise be identified;
  3. Driver License Numbers;
  4. State Identification (SID) Numbers;
  5. Minors’ names and dates of birth except when a minor is chargedas a defendant in a criminal matter (see 42 Pa.C.S. § 6355); and
  6. Abuse victim’s address and other contact information, including employer’s name, address and work schedule, in family court actions as defined by Pa.R.C.P. No. 1931(a), except for victim’s name.

If you haven’t filed anything in the Department of Court Records lately, you might be told that you can’t until you sign and attach the document shown below. If you forget to attach one, they will probably hand you a copy of this certificate to sign.

But don’t ask anybody there to explain it. Just do it.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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