Criteria for Filing a Civil Rights Complaint Form
Please read the following criteria before downloading the Civil Rights Complaint Form.
The Civil Rights Enforcement Section assumes a leadership and coordination role in legal actions arising from allegations and complaints of civil rights violations. This section works closely with our governmental and law enforcement agencies, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, federal civil rights agencies and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Civil Tension in training law enforcement and municipal governments about the requirements of State Civil Rights and Ethnic Intimidation Laws.
The Civil Rights Enforcement Section is authorized to do the following:
Criteria for Determining Participation in Civil Rights Cases
The Office of Attorney General regularly receives information concerning various complaints and allegations from individuals that their civil rights have been violated by local or state government, business or other individuals. Frequently, they seek the intervention of the Office of Attorney General to act as their counsel or to otherwise participate in actions against the offending party.
The Attorney General's Office utilizes an informal set of criteria in order to determine the appropriateness of their intervention in any particular case. The following constitute the factors utilized to evaluate the appropriateness of intervention:
While the existence of any one of these factors is not dispositive, the Attorney General's Office will review these and other factors in determining whether to enter a particular civil rights action.