Pennsylvania

c. Court. M4B1C

In cases involving state agencies, the Commonwealth Court has original jurisdiction of legal challenges. See Property Owners v. Department of Community Affairs, 552 A.2d 769 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 1989) (deciding that the Department of Community Affairs did not have jurisdiction to determine whether the Sunshine Act had been violated). In all other cases, the various Courts of Common Pleas have original jurisdiction. See, e.g., Patriot-News Co. v. Empowerment Team of the Harrisburg Sch. Dist., 763 A.2d 539 (Pa. Commw. Ct.

(1). Information required. M1E1C1

Minutes are required and must contain the date, time and place of the meeting; the names of members present; the substance of all official actions and a record by individual member of roll call votes; and the names of all citizens who appeared officially and the subject(s) of their testimony. 65 Pa. Cons. Stat. §  706. Additionally, the Act requires that the votes of each member who actually votes on any “resolution rule, order, regulation, ordinance or the setting of official policy” be publicly cast and that, if a roll call vote is taken, it is recorded. 65 Pa. Cons. Stat. §  705.

2. To whom is an appeal directed?

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C. Third-party subpoenas

There is no statutory or case law in Pennsylvania addressing this issue.

1. Is software public?

Under Section 708(b)(4), software is presumptively accessible unless it “would be reasonably likely to jeopardize [the agency’s] computer security.”

H. Media as a party

1. Shield Law

The Shield Law applies without regard to whether the media is a party in the case.

2. First Amendment privilege

b. Notice requirements. M1E3B

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