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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Courts - What is the state of online public access to top state courts?

Open Virginia Law has put out a 21-page report titled "Public Access to the States’ Highest Courts: A Report Card." From the introduction:

State courts are key sources of law, and they serve the public. They should facilitate public access to legal proceedings and should make available official, usable versions of legal records that can be accessed on demand, searched, cited, and relied upon. Doing so should not be viewed as optional or extra but as an essential part of the judicial job in a democratic society.
The entire report is an interesting read, highlighting many areas for possible improvement. Indiana received C+, it failed to score higher because there is no online public access to briefs and other filings.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 28, 2014 09:44 AM
Posted to Courts in general