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Barco Law Library: Pennsylvania Law

PA Legal Research Guide
A very helpful essay by an experienced Law Librarian describing standard PA resources.
Pennsylvania Manual
A guide to current and historical Pennsylvania government.
PA Government Agency Directory
Direct phone numbers for people & offices in PA government.
Allegheny County Website
The official website with links to all departments.

Legislative Sources

Pennsylvania Statutes: Unofficial Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes from West
This site from West provides free access to an unannotated version of West's Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes.
PA Bills
The General Assembly has Bill Information on the Session Information page, for researching PA legislative history. Search by Bill Topic or Bill Number.
Locate a Lobbyist.
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Current session work,   bill updates, committee links. Pennsylvania Manual.
House Democratic Caucus
Senate Democratic Caucus
House Republican Caucus
Senate Republican Caucus
County & Local Government Pages
Many of these home pages include court rules &   local ordinances.
Allegheny County Website
The official website with links to all departments.
Pennsylvania Legislators' Municipal Deskbook
A source, written for legislators, about the way PA municipal government works. Includes descriptions of legal issues that are signifcant to local governments.
Pennsylvania Government Charters
Everything from the Charter for the Province in 1681 to the Constitution in 1776.

Judicial Sources

State:
Administrative Office of PA Courts
Case reports, bar results, notices, court descriptions.
Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners
Administrators of the PA Bar Exam.
PA Superior Court
Full-text of opinions, forms, schedule, judicial biographies, and history.
Courts of Common Pleas
Database of opinions and links to primary Web sites for several PA counties including Westmoreland, Lancaster, Monroe, & Chester initially.
Court Rules
PA Rules of Civil Procedure
PA Rules of Criminal Procedure
PA Rules of Evidence
Federal Courts in Pennsylvania
Western District Court
Forms, court locations, rules, directory, job listings.
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Case reports, rules, and forms.
Eastern District Court
Opinions, news, rules, announcements, document filing, directory.
Middle District Court
Local rules, forms, opinions, Pacer, and more.
Local:
 Information  about court structure, personnel and operations, case scheduling information, local rules, annual reports and more.
Jury homepage provide information and allows prospective jurors the convenience of completing necessary qualification and deferral requests on-line.

Administrative Sources

PA Government Agency Directory
Links to all official sites from the State executive, legislative & judicial branches.
Pennsylvania Code
Full-text of all PA agency regulations.   Search by subject or browse.
Pennsylvania Bulletin
Chronological compillation of regulations, governor's orders, rules of court, agency notices.
State Atty. General
News, and programs involving consumer issues & crimes.
PA Environmental Hearing Board
Full-text opinions since 1997, docket, and general Board info.
PA Workers Comp Journal
Workers Compensation court rules, recent decisions, news, and web links.
Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
Sentencing guidelines, commission information, criminal justice links.

Professional Sources

PA Bar Association
Lawyers' professional organization.
PA Disciplinary Board
Disciplinary rules, FAQs from attorneys and consumers, attorney registration and discipline records.
Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board
Approved courses, rules, forms, info for instructors, practitioners, out-of-state lawyers.
PA Bar Institute
Continuing legal education course information.

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