Board of Claims

The Board of Claims is an independent administrative board originally created in 1937. The Board has exclusive jurisdiction to hear and decide claims against the Commonwealth arising from contracts with the Commonwealth. It effectively is an administrative court of exclusive original jurisdiction over such claims. It also has concurrent jurisdiction over contract claims the Commonwealth may have against its contractors. See: Board of Claims Act, 72 P.S. §§ 4651-1 --4651-1 0, repealed by Act of December 3, 2002, P.L. 1147, No. 142 (current law now codified at Sections 1701-1751 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa.C.S. §§ 1701-1751). Board proceedings and hearings are conducted under the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence. Decisions of the Board are final and appealable to the Commonwealth Court. The Board maintains its offices and court room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Fulton Building, 200 North Third Street.
 
Most cases before the Board involve high-dollar public construction projects, almost exclusively under the auspices of the Department of General Services, or highway construction projects under the auspices of the Department of Transportation.

Contact Person:

Lynn Ford
Executive Secretary
Pennsylvania Board Claims
Fulton Building, Suite 700
200 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1501
717 787-3325
 

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