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Pennsylvania Administrative Law Research: PA Administrative Law Decisions

This guide reviews the basic process of Pennsylvania administrative law research. It discusses the primary resources that are involved in Pennsylvania administrative law research, and provides a step-by-step guide to the process.

Administrative Law Decisions

In addition to regulations, executive agencies may issue rulings, releases, policy statements, and other documents that are important to understanding administrative law. These documents may be found via the legal subscription databases or agency websites.

Lexis offers access to:

  • Attorney General opinions.
  • Board of Claims decisions.
  • Commonwealth Court tax decisions.
  • Department of Banking releases.
  • Environmental Hearing Board decisions.
  • Market Conduct examinations.
  • Office of Open Records final determinations.
  • Public Employment decisions.
  • Public Utilities reports.
  • Public Utility Commission Decisions.
  • Securities Commission Decisions.
  • Workers' Compensation decisions.
  • Workers' Compensation Appeal Board decisions.

Westlaw offers access to:

  • Attorney General opinions.
  • Blue Sky administrative decisions.
  • Board of Claims decisions.
  • Department of Banking decisions.
  • Environmental administrative decisions.
  • Insurance bulletins.
  • Judicial Ethics opinions.
  • Legal Ethics opinions.
  • Office of Open Records final determinations.
  • Public Employee Reporter.
  • Public Utility Commission decisions.
  • Workers' Compensation administrative decisions.

Dates of coverage vary, so remember to check those when running a search, particularly if you are looking for older materials.

Other Pennsylvania law agencies, boards, and administrative law judges issue opinions that aren’t available on Lexis or Westlaw. Researchers should check the agency’s website to determine if they post decisions. Links to agency websites can be found at Pennsylvania's web portal.