Michigan Issues FAQs on Personal Identifying Information in Court Filings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 19, 2022, the Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) released updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about “Personal Identifying Information in Court Filings” that addressed the general rules, orders, and standards regarding the protection of Personal Identifying Information (PII). Michigan Court Rule (MCR) 1.109(D)(9)(a) provides that…

California Bill Would Permit Searches of Publicly Accessible Court Cases Based on Defendant’s DOB and Driver’s License Number

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 17, 2022, California Senate Bill 1262 (SB 1262) was introduced by Senator Steven Bradford (D-35th District) to require publicly accessible electronic indexes of defendants in criminal cases to permit searches and filtering of results based on a defendant’s driver’s license number or date of birth,…

California Bill Would Make it Discriminatory to Ask Rental Applicants about Criminal Records on Initial Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 17, 2022, California Assembly Bill 2383 was introduced to make it a discriminatory housing practice for the owner of rental housing to inquire about – or require an applicant for rental housing to disclose – a criminal record during the initial application assessment phase unless…

CFPB Report Reviews Financial Impact of Criminal Justice System on Families

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a report entitled “Justice-Involved Individuals and the Consumer Financial Marketplace” that reviewed the financial issues facing people and families who come in contact with the criminal justice system, according to a news release from the CFPB. The…