TPW 43: Public Access to Court Records

by on March 6, 2009 · 13 comments

Conversations about how the Internet can be used to increase the openness and accountability of government usually focuses on the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.  But on this week’s episode of Technology Policy Weekly, I hosted a discussion of the equally vital issue of public access to court records, joined by:

We discussed a wide range of issues, including:

  • Why lay people should care—this is ultimately about reducing the legal profession’s monopoly over access to the courts!
  • The philosophical reasons why better access to court records is important – little things like democracy, fairness, consistency, equality, the rule of law, etc.
  • The copyrightability of legal records
  • The history of the problem & what can be done about it

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