Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, a Pulaski County Circuit Judge ruled in an open-record lawsuit that a Bentonville District Clerk violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release court records of a man undergoing a background check, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. …Continue reading "Judge Rules Clerk Violated Freedom of Information Act by Not Releasing Court Records for Background Check"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – which is responsible for enforcement of law and administration of justice in the United States – has released its latest Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems that “includes some disturbing facts on the currency and accuracy of records,” according to …Continue reading "DOJ Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories Shows Records Not Always Accurate and Complete"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Ensuring high standards for public record researchers are met through policies for data products used for background checks is required for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Criminal record information gathered by these researchers at county courts is an important part of …Continue reading "Product Standards Required for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing …Continue reading "NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences"
Courts in California are closed this Monday, October 14, 2013 in each of the state’s 58 counties in observance of Columbus Day, according to the schedule on the Court Holidays page of the California Judicial Branch website available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm.Continue reading "California Courts Closed Monday October 14 in Observance of Columbus Day"
A proposal put forward by the a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts from a trailer bill that would have resulted in a $10 charge per file to look at court records has been defeated in the California Legislature, according to a report on the Courthouse News Service website. The …Continue reading "Ten Dollar Public Court Record Search Fee Defeated in California Legislature"
All courts in the state of California will be closed on Monday, April 1, 2013 in observance of César Chávez Day. The complete list of days when California courts will be closed in observance of holidays during 2013 is available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm.Continue reading "All California Courts Closed on April 1 for Cesar Chavez Day"
In a move that could significantly limit access to public court records, a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts proposes to charge a $10 fee on nearly every court file requested by members of the general public – including journalists and court researchers who review a large amount of files for …Continue reading "Access to Public Court Records in California Threatened by Proposed Search Fee in Trailer Bill"