Category Archives: Pennsylvania

What is the Inspection Score of Your Favorite Restaurant?

Have you ever wondered about the safety of the food that you eat at your neighborhood restaurant? Ever wonder when it was last inspected? Well, depending on where you live, you may be able to search online for the latest inspection scores for the restaurants in your area.

All states and counties have rules and regulations about the safe handling of food including periodic inspections of the establishments. Generally, the inspection scores are the result of routine inspections covering critical and non-critical items. Many states and counties have created websites which provide the results of the inspections. Some of the … Read More

Pennsylvania Upgrades Sex Offender Registry

The Pennsylvania State Police has recently made improvements to it Megan’s Law website making it easier for the public to find information about registered sexual offenders in the state. They have added a mapping function that includes radius searches surrounding a specific address. This new feature allows users to enter an address and establish a search radius of a half-mile, one mile, three miles or five miles. Users can then query the system for offenders living, working, or attending school within the given radius. Results include offender’s name and all known aliases, photograph, physical description, scars, marks, or tattoos, address, … Read More

What to Know Before Searching Court Records Online

What can you expect to find when using the Search Court Case Records links on CourtReference? That varies greatly from state to state, and even county to county. Some states have statewide court record search systems for state courts. In other states, it is up to individual counties to provide online access to their court records. Of these, some counties provide free online access, while other counties contract with a private company that charges a fee to the user for some records searches.

Most court record searches can be done by party name, case number, date of birth and/or … Read More

Court Clerks Can Help You Find the Information You Need

When we think about going to court, the first people that usually pop into our heads are the judge in a robe, the bailiff with a badge, an attorney arguing for each side, and maybe a sketch artist for dramatic, high-profile cases. People like the Court Clerk may seem foreign. Administrative officials, however, are often the first line of contact the public has with the courts, and can often provide information and assistance for free.
Whether you are looking for court records, want to file a new case, or need information on when a hearing will be or where to … Read More

Do You Need a Lawyer?

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There are many reasons why you may need to find an attorney. If you were charged with a crime, injured in an accident, or served in a lawsuit, you will need a good lawyer. Maybe you are facing the threat of foreclosure on your home, or you need legal help with complex matters such as estate planning, guardianships, wills, or trusts. Finding a good lawyer is probably the most important decision you will make in addressing whatever your legal matter may be.

Sifting through the yellow pages is always an option, but probably not a good one, since the best … Read More

Pennsylvania Government Contracts Database Launched

This week brought the much anticipated launch of Pennsylvania’s government contract database. On February 14, 2008, Pennsylvania’s governor signed into a Right-to-Know-Law that effectively expanded the type of information available to the general public addressed access to this information. In a posting from February, I discussed this new law, and the promises the government made behind it. Well, the new online database is one product of this new law, which is a big step forward for the Pennsylvania government, showing they are trying to make good on their promises.

The database, also known as the Pennsylvania Contracts e-Library will be … Read More

Pennsylvania Continues to Make Strides In Open Records

In the world of open government records, 2008 has been exciting year in Pennsylvania. In February 2008, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, signed an open records bill which created the presumption that all government records are open to the public, absent a few exceptions. If a government agency refuses to make certain requested information public, then it is the government’s responsibility to show why the information should not be public. This law will officially go into effect on January 1, 2009.

In another step towards expanding public access to government records, a new Office of Open Records will also … Read More