Applications for Clemency will NOT be accepted without the required court documents. Please Note: The docket sheets that can be obtained on-line are NOT the court documents. Although court documents vary in appearance based on the county and age, below are some examples of what must be submitted with the application.
Affidavit of Probable Cause
Plea or Verdict
Proof of Payment
Where to Get the Documents:
If sentenced by a Common Pleas Court Judge obtain documents from the Clerk of Courts in the county of conviction. If records are not available, have the court provide a letter stating this.
If sentenced by a Magisterial District Judge obtain documents from the Magisterial District Judge where you were sentenced. Note that Magisterial District Judges are only required to keep this data for seven years. If your case was handled there and is more than seven years old, no documents are available, so there is no need to get a letter stating such.
If sentenced by a Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge obtain documents from the Municipal Court. If records are not available, have the court provide a letter stating this.
If sentenced by a Pittsburgh Municipal Court Judge obtain documents from the Municipal Court. If records are not available, have the court provide a letter stating this.
How to Obtain an Application:
Incarcerated Applicants - Please Note!
If you are incarcerated, and would like to apply for Clemency, obtain the Application Packet from your Institutional Library. Additionally incarcerated applicants do not need to obtain court documents to submit with their application.
This is the quickest and easiest method to obtain an application. You can download an application for free below. The application is in PDF format and requires Adobe Reader to view and print the documents. If you do not have the software installed, you can download and install it for free by clicking the link provided below.
Download Adobe Reader
Download Application Packet - Revised 4/7/21
U.S. Postal Mail Service
This method takes approximately 3 weeks to process. To obtain an application by written request to the Board of Pardons, please follow the instructions below.
To request an application, you must include the following:
Name of applicant
Phone number (if applicable)
Email address (if applicable)
Your mailing address to send application