Constitutional Law

Concerned re Web Privacy, Ohio Courts Mull Paper Records Removal

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Updated: As county courts in Ohio moved to make a number of dockets and case records available online, concerns arose about how that might adversely affect individual privacy. So a judicial commission was appointed to study the issue.

Now, under its proposed recommendations, it appears that new rules may not only restrict what is available online but allow the removal of hard-copy records from existing court files, reports the Toledo Blade.

However, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Lanzinger, the chair of the 19-member commission, says the proposed rules are reasonable. “This is an attempt to strike a balance,” she says. “We want to make sure the public has the information they are entitled to while providing some security for individuals who are involved in various cases before the courts.”

The Repository (Canton, Ohio): “New rules proposed for access to court records”

(Updated at 4:30 p.m. CST.)

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