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For the Public

The material below are intended to help non-attorneys and members of the general public understand courts and the law.

You may also benefit from many of the resources on our Pro Bono Resources page. The Allegheny County Law Library also sometimes offers events intended for non-attorneys, which are marked in blue on the ACLL’s Events Calendar.

Basic Information

Allegheny County Law Library services for members of the public

Allegheny County Law Library services for the elderly

Allegheny County Law Library services for the incarcerated

Allegheny County Law Library services for the pro se litigant

Brochures and Resources that explain various topics, provided by the Allegheny County Bar Association

Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania Filing Requirements

Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania Filing Requirements Flowchart

How to access the Allegheny County Law Library remotely

How to visit the Allegheny County Law Library

Legal Definitions provided by the Allegheny County Bar Association

Pittsburgh Courthouse locations

Public Records Policy for the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

Research Guides

Harvard Caselaw Access Project

The Caselaw Access Project includes all official, book-published state and federal United States case law — every volume or case designated as an official report of decisions by a court within the United States.

Our scope includes all state courts, federal courts, and territorial courts for American Samoa, Dakota Territory, Guam, Native American Courts, Navajo Nation, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

eCode 360

eCode 360 is a free database of municipal codes and ordinances from most of the states in the US, including Pennsylvania.

Videos

How to Visit the ACLL
How to Access the ACLL Remotely
How to Find Pennsylvania Statutes
How to Find Pennsylvania Court Cases

Protection from Abuse Orders in Allegheny County
Originally presented November 18th, 2021.

Presentation slides in Powerpoint format
Presentation slides in PDF format

Landlord-Tenant Disputes
Originally presented September 22nd, 2021.

Presentation slides in Powerpoint format
Presentation slides in PDF format

Presentation Bibliography

PMC Shares: Criminal Court
Originally presented February 2nd, 2022.

Presentation slides in PDF format

Presentation Bibliography

Arbitration Short Form
Appealing from a Magistrate’s Decision


ACLL Newsletter

The Allegheny County Law Library sends out an email newsletter to all library cardholders and to anyone interested in knowing what is happening at the ACLL.

If you would like to receive the ACLL newsletter, please email us at ACLL@duq.edu.

You can see our past newsletters online below. More newsletters will be added as they become available.

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