A task force of the Supreme Court Committee on Automation, the Task Force on Public Access and Privacy, has been established and is being chaired by Retired Circuit Judge John Plegge.
The Committee on Automation is working on the development and implementation of a statewide automated case management system for District and Circuit Courts. One issue that has arisen is the access to information contained in an automated system easily accessed over the Internet. Decisions have to be made and policies developed to provide the public need to know while protecting the individuals right to privacy.
The Task Force on Public Access and Privacy will meet several times - September through December - with the goal of a policy on public access to court records being provided to the Supreme Court for its review and adoption. Additionally, the Task Force will endeavor to identify the need for legislative changes to be addressed in the legislative session in January.