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HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR SUBMITTING A RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST

Before submitting a request, please review the Right To Know Law
 
    Pennsylvania Office of Open Records - RIGHT TO KNOW LAW

    Noting Sections:
     -  Definitions of a “Public Record” and “Record”
     -  Section 703
     -  Section 705
     -  Section 708 (b) 1-30

A requester must specify a record/document.

A submitted request asking questions and looking for answers is not a legitimate request.

Luzerne County will not review multiple documents to compile information from those documents for information you are interested in obtaining.

Are emails public record?
Yes. That does not mean there is wholesale release of e-mail records. It means that an email, like any other record, goes through the same analysis to determine whether it is a public record.
Not ALL emails are public records. Please refer to the definitions below.
 
Defined in the RTK Law:
Public record. A record, including a financial record, of a Commonwealth or local agency that:
(1) is not exempt under section 708;
(2) is not exempt from being disclosed under any other Federal or State law or regulation or judicial order or decree; or
(3) is not protected by a privilege.

Record. Information, regardless of physical form or characteristics, that documents a transaction or activity of an agency and that is created, received or retained pursuant to law or in connection with a transaction, business or activity of the agency. The term includes a document, paper, letter, map, book, tape, photograph, film or sound recording, information stored or maintained electronically and a data processed or image-processed document.


THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS DO NOT REQUIRE A RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST.  PLEASE CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT FOR THE RECORDS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN OBTAINING.


BIRTH / DEATH CERTIFICATES
Office of Vital Statistics
100 Lackawanna Ave
Scranton, PA 18501
570-963-4595

WEBSITES:

PA Dept of Health - Birth and Death Certificates 

VitalChek - Order Official PA Vital Records Online


ENVIRONMENTAL RECORDS / HAZARDOUS MATERIALS / PERMITS INCLUDING CODE AND ZONING VIOLATIONS.
Luzerne County does not maintain these records.  Please contact the municipality where the site is located and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


LUZERNE COUNTY CONTRACTS
Posted on the Luzerne County website: www.luzernecounty.org on the County Manager page.  

Or for contracts before 2012:
Luzerne County Controllers Office
20 North Pennsylvania Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
 570-825-1629

TAX ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTS
Luzerne County Assessors
Corner of River & Jackson Streets
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1869


DEEDS
Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds
Corner of River & Jackson Streets
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1641


WILLS
Luzerne County Register of Wills
Corner of River & Jackson Streets
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1688


MARRIAGE LICENSES
Luzerne County Marriage License Department
Corner of River & Jackson Streets
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1555


RFP/BID INFORMATION
(following an executed contract)
Luzerne County Purchasing Department
20 North Pennsylvania Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570 825-1501


CRIMINAL CASES/DOCUMENTS
Luzerne County Clerk of Courts
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1583


CIVIL CASES/DOCUMENTS
Luzerne County Prothonotary
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1583

 

TO SUBMIT A REQUEST:
Download and complete the Luzerne County Right To Know Request Form.
Submit completed form to the appropriate Open Records Officer (listed below) for related documents


RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST FORM

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Shucosky - Court related documents
Luzerne County Court Administration
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-1806
Fax - 570-825-6242
Email: MShucosky@luzernecountycourts.com

 


Thomas Hogans, Esquire - District Attorney related documents
Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-825-5181
Fax - 570-825-1572
Email: Thomas.Hogans@luzernecounty.org

 


Steven M. Greenwald, Esq - Public Defender related documents
Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office
20 North Pennsylvania Blvd.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570-825-1767
Fax - 570-825-1846
Email: Steven.Greenwald@luzernecounty.org

 


Richard R. Hummer, - Retirement Board related documents
Luzerne County Employees’ Retirement System
200 North River St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711
Ph: (570) 825-1628
Fax: (570) 820-6362
Email: Rick.Hummer@luzernecounty.org

 


Shannon Crake Lapsansky, Esquire - County Departments related documents
Luzerne County Office of Law
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-825-1598
Fax: 570-820-6355
Email: Shannon.Crake@luzernecounty.org

 

Last Updated: 10/23/14 11:02:35
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