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In accordance with Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (“RTKL”), 65 P.S. § 67.101 et seq., the Bucks County Office of Open Records serves as a resource to the public and provides access to public records upon receipt of Right-to-Know (“RTK”) requests.  Record requests for the Courts, District Attorney and County Detectives should be sent to the contact listed at the bottom of this page.  All other RTK requests for County records should be sent to Open Records Officer Rachel Thompson, Esquire via the contact information below:

Bucks County Office of Open Records
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA  18901
Facsimile:    267-885-1656
Email:          openrecordsofficer@buckscounty.org

Please contact the Open Records Officer with any questions or concerns regarding Bucks County Office of Open Records and any RTK requests submitted to the County of Bucks.

Our Process

The RTKL allows the public to inspect and/or obtain copies of public records of the County of Bucks.

In order to process a RTK request under the RTKL, the Bucks County Office of Open Records requires a requester to fill out and submit the following Standard Right-to-Know Law Request Form:

Bucks County Standard Right-to-Know Law Request Form

The filled-out form must be submitted to the Open Records Officer of the Bucks County Office of Open Records by email, mail, or facsimile.  In-person submission may be available by appointment only.

Within five (5) business days of receiving your request, the Bucks County Office of Open Records will send you one of the following responses:

  • Notice on how and when you may inspect or obtain copies of the requested records;
  • Notice that additional time will be needed to process the request; or
  • Notice that some of all of the requested records are not subject to production pursuant to the RTKL.

If you disagree with the response and/or determination of the Bucks County Office of Open Records, you may file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, 333 Market Street, 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA  17101-2234.

Fees

The Bucks County Office of Open Records maintains the right to request permissible fees in responding to a RTK request, subject to the official fee schedule adopted by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records: https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/Documents/RTKL/Official_RTKL_Fee_Schedule.pdf

Requests to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas

Court records may be available from the filing office of each individual court.  For example, civil case information may be obtained through the Prothonotary, criminal case information may be obtained through the Clerk of Courts, and district court case information may be obtained through each respective Magisterial District Justice office.

For court records and information that do not fall within the above parameters, the Court Open Records Officer is Stephen G. Heckman, Esquire.  His contact information is as follows:

Stephen G. Heckman, Esq.
Court Open Records Officer

Address:     Bucks County Justice Center
                  100 North Main Street
                  Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone:        215-348-6700
Facsimile:    215-348-6503
Email:         courtrecordsofficer@buckscounty.org

Requests to the District Attorney / County Detectives

Requests for information from the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office must be submitted to Timothy Lutes, Esquire, the Open Records Officer for the District Attorney’s Office.  His contact information is as follows:

Timothy Lutes, Esq.
Open Records Officer
Address:     Bucks County District Attorney’s Office
                  100 North Main Street
                  Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone:        215-348-6344
Facsimile:    215-348-6299
Email:         
darighttoknow@buckscounty.org 

Additional Information and Guidance

For additional information and guidance, please see the website of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records: https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/index.cfm

The full text of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law can be found here: https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/Documents/RTKL/PA_Right-To-Know_Law.pdf