A California Bill Would Speed Access to Court Records

Passing along from the First Amendment Law Prof Blog:

State Senator Leland Yee has recently filed the Court Transparency Bill, SB 326,  which would require state courts to make newly filed court records available for public inspection no later than the end of the day on which those record were received by the court.  The bill’s   proponents, which include by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, Courthouse News Service, the First Amendment Coalition, and Californians Aware, assert that  delays in access to filed documents are widespread. Journalists have underscored that such delays take on greater  significance in a media environment with constantly accelerating news cycles.  State court officials have countered that resource constraints in a time of budget crisis impede granting speedier access to newly filed material.  Courthouse New Service, one of the media entities, pressing for enactment of the bill provides further information about the controversy.

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