Saturday, October 24, 2009
Oklahoma Supreme Court Decision Troubles Open Records Advocates
A ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court effectively carves out an exception to the state's Open Records Act by forbidding the release of all the state's electronic case information under the state Open Records Act. The ruling also affirms public access to electronic court records on a case-by-case basis.
The Court rejected the bulk data request of INAD Data Services LLC for electronic copies of all district court and workers' compensation court case information.
Controversy started brewing when it came to light that another company, KellPro Inc. has a $1 million contract with the state Supreme Court to get electronic court records from 64 counties ready for a unified system of public access on the Web.
State Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City) criticized the Court for contracting with one private company to provide data while simultaneously cutting off access to other companies.
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