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Right To Know

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Right-to-Know Law Policy

It is the policy of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to comply with the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL), 65 P.S. §§ 67.101-67.3104.  Pursuant to RTKL Section 504(a), the Office establishes the following procedures governing RTKL requests:

1.         Requests for access to public records pursuant to the RTKL must be submitted in writing or with a completed standard statewide RTKL form, which can be found here [LINK].  Written requests submitted without a state form will not be treated as requests pursuant to the RTKL.  Oral requests for access to records, other than from law enforcement entities related to their prosecutorial or investigative functions, will not be entertained.

2.         Written requests for access to public records pursuant to the RTKL must be directed to Douglas Weck, Open Records Officer, Civil Litigation Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Three South Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  Requests may be submitted by mail or hand delivery, by fax (215-686-9929), or by email (da.rtk@phila.gov).

3.         A request will be deemed received by the Open Records Officer on the business day on which it is received by the Civil Litigation Unit.  Requests received after 5:00 p.m. will be deemed received on the next business day.

4.         The Office will charge duplication and any other fees consistent with the fee structure established by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (http://www.openrecords.pa.gov/RTKL/FeeStructure.cfm).

5.         Pursuant to Sections 901 and 902 of the RTKL, the Office will send an initial response to any RTKL requests within 5 business days and any final response within 30 calendar days thereafter.  Occasionally, staffing and other limitations in investigating requests, locating records, and conducting appropriate legal review may necessitate the Office seeking an extension of time for its response from the requester.  On such occasions, the Office relies upon the good faith communications between the parties and patience is appreciated.

6.         If any part of a request for access to a public record is denied, an appeal may be taken.  The Office’s Open Records Officer should be copied on any appeal.

a.         Appeals relating to the denial of access to criminal-investigative records must be filed with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s Civil Litigation Unit, Right-to-Know Law Appeals Officer, Three South Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 15 business days from the date of the final response letter.

b.         Appeals not relating to access to criminal-investigative records must be filed with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, no later than 15 business days from the date of the final response letter.