In conjunction with the state's recently adopted "Rightto-Know" law, Berks County has adopted its own formal Right-to-Know policy, making accessible certain public documents previously unavailable to the citizens of Berks.The policy, effective Jan. 1, is to make information available and to improve public access to public information. It also makes the county's policy consistent with the state law, Act 3 of 2008 known as the "Right-to-Know Law," which was signed into law in February 2008 by Gov. Ed Rendell.
All local agencies are covered by the Act and are required to comply with its provisions, including all local, intergovern-mental, regional or municipal agencies or authorities. Also included are police and sheriff's departments.
In an attempt to have an orderly transfer of documents, the county has established an open records officer through which all Commonwealth, local agency and legislative requests must be administered.
Judicial records, including the records of court administration, adult probation, juvenile probation, court reporters, domestic relations and Magisterial District Justice Offices and the law library, will be directed to a court open records officer. Berks County citizens wanting to access legislative documents may contact: Berks County Chief Clerk/Open Records Officer
13th Floor Services Center 633 Court Street Reading, PA 19601
Phone: 610-478-6136 Fax: 610-478-6293
Email Countyopenrecordsofficer @countyofberks.com
Berks County citizens wanting to access judicial documents may contact:
Berks County Court Open Records Officer District Court Administration 7th Floor Courthouse
633 Court Street CH Reading, PA 19601
Phone: 610-478-6208 Fax: 610-478-6366