Input sought on court records access

February 07, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A judicial advisory panel is inviting public response to its recommendations that access to court records -- whether in electronic or paper form -- should be maintained, a stance that reverses an earlier committee's proposal that would have restricted access to the files.

In its draft report, the Committee on Access to Court Records also calls for Maryland court officials to make more records available by computer from remote sites.

The committee's draft report, released this week, can be read on the judiciary's Web site, www. courts.state.md.us. The public may submit comments by mail or e-mail to the courts, to the attention of Sally Rankin, for 30 days. The panel will review the comments and include them in the final report it sends to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.

The Court of Appeals will then hold a public hearing on whether to adopt all or part of the report as court policy.

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