State court officials, judges and lawyers are working on a series of projects and studies to find ways to keep the courts current in the digital age while safeguarding personal information that could be abused.
A 20-person Supreme Court committee formed last year is considering what court records will be available to the public, how to provide electronic access and at what cost, and how to prevent blemishes removed from people's records -- dismissed charges, expunged convictions, expired court orders -- from haunting them forever in cyberspace.
For the past 18 months, Justice Barry Albin has overseen the committee's meetings which have been held in secret. A report is expected to be submitted to the high court later this fall and made public.
Meanwhile, the state judiciary is moving ahead with a number of projects to make the courts more e-friendly for litigants, law enforcement officers and attorneys...More here.