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Pennsylvania Legal Resources

Comprehensive list of Pennsylvania related legal resources available on the web.

Court of Common Pleas Websites

Subscription information to other county legal reporters can be found by going to the Pittsburgh Legal Journal website.


District and County Reports opinions. Contact librarian for username and password.

Finding Journal Articles available from Widener Law Commonwealth and Widener University

To locate journal articles, perform a search in one of the databases listed below.  The following databases are listed on the law library’s webpage under Library Resources, A-Z Databases.

Use the databases to search for articles on your topic.  Some databases provide full-text display of articles while others only provide citations to, or abstracts of, articles.  Some of the databases linked to in this Guide are subscription databases.  Access is available to these databases on the campus and also off campus.

Class Presentation:

Content on PA opinions found on slides 2-13.

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Video Tutorial: PA Opinions--Part One

Video Tutorial: PA Opinions--Part Two

Free databases with PA opinions


Appellate court opinions for Pennsylvania cases, back to 1997. 


Collection has select Nominative and Side Reports opinions dating from the 1800's to the early 2000's.



This search engine can be used to find cases online, either by citation or key word searching

PA Docket Search

Includes docket sheets for Philadelphia Municipal Court, Pennsylvania Magisterial Courts, Common Pleas Courts, and Appellate Court. Search by docket number or key word search by court type.

PA Court Records & Briefs

Pennsylvania State Court Records & Briefs -- for a FEE

Index of PA Supreme Court Briefs available at Widener Legal Information Center, Harrisburg