Should court records be online?

Should court records be online?

Summary: A committee advising the Florida Supreme Court recommended yesterday that official court documents should go online in the interest of open government but there need to be certain safeguards against the release of personal information, CNET News.com reports.

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A committee advising the Florida Supreme Court recommended yesterday that official court documents should go online in the interest of open government but there need to be certain safeguards against the release of personal information, CNET News.com reports. Today, virtually no Florida court documents are released electronically because of a 2003 moratorium, which came about because sensitive documents were previously released online. According to CNET:

[The committee] said that courts must first create new rules clarifying, among other things, what precisely needs to be redacted as confidential information and establishing limits on what can be released. Mental health, medical, drug treatment and family law records, for example, would not be authorized for release except in special circumstances.

In addition, the committee urged the Florida Legislature to look at regulating credit reporting agencies and "data brokers" that aggregate and sell personal information. The committee also  urged Congress to take action but in a way that allows the states to go beyond a federal baseline.

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  • Should court records be online?

    YES!....DallasBugMan
    Dallasbugman
  • Should court records be online

    NO
    robinsonimages_z
  • Court Records On Line

    Just an example... A low-life snagged a state sex offender web site, all the html, graphics and such. He couldn't get to the database behind it, so he made up his information. He published the web site at an off-shore hosting company for a small fee. Out of the reach of U.S. authority.
    He then sent out mass e-mails asking for people to check what appeared to be a very legitimate web site.
    A very close friend of mine, a fine outstanding man was one of this clown?s choices for data. The affect on his life and career has been tremendous; he lost his job, had great family troubles, people lost their trust in him.
    Should court records be on line, emphatically NO!
    doc_cotton
  • Should Court Records be on line

    No..
    cindygb123
  • No

    The original intent of the Clerck of Court Docket Book in the Clerk of Court's Office was to enable the public to view proceedings to ensure an open and just system. The Court records were never intended to be used to obtain victim's names and addresses, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, etc. According to current Federal Law, information can only be used for the original purpose it was intended.
    To open up Court data bases to electronic scrutiny would be a gross violation of privacy.
    j357757
  • Under NO Circumstances

    Under no circumstances should a person's criminal be available on line and to anybody else other than the proper authorities.
    We must assume that having served the sentence applied by the court, the crime is then wiped and society has no right to access this information. Most of all the news media.It may remain a Court record but should not be a Public record. If this information were to be made available online, it could unfairly discriminate the person involved and actually hinder his/her chances of rehabilitation. "The public has a right to Know" is a myth perpetuated by and avaricious Media in order to give themselves leave to stick their noses where it doesn't belong. I for one, would not be happy if I were a Criminal and my future Employer was able to access my records online thereby limiting and quite possibly extinguishing any chance that I might have to be hired and given a second chance. A person's personal history should remain their own and no one else's. Only duly appointed and proper authorities, Too obvious to mention, should have access to this information.
    I sincerely hope that this is going to become a non-event as it is sure to cause more damage than good.
    Thank you for your attention.
    Aaron A Baker
    Aaron A Baker
  • Online Court Records

    Socially, this country has seen a strong tendency to avoid taking personal responsiblilty for individual actions that are less than stellar. The old axiom, "You've made your bed and now you have to sleep in it" stills holds true. even in the age of instant information. Crimes against society should be part of the public record that anyone can research.

    One of the highest government priorities is protection of its citizenry from all threats both foreign and domestic. This concept is a formidible tool for the average citizen to know who he is dealing with. When the secrecy is removed so is the liklihood of repeat behavior.
    Doctor Phil_z