Thursday, October 15, 2009

Supreme Court rules judiciary not subject to public records act

In a 7-2 ruling this morning (includes one concurring opinion), the state Supreme Court declared that judicial records are not subject to disclosure under the public records act. Writing for the majority, Justice Susan Owens said: "This court previously held that the PRA does not apply to the judiciary and the legislature acquiesced to that decision by not modifying the PRA. We see no reason to violate the doctrine of stare decisis here. The trial court correctly held that the PRA does not require the City to release the judicial records requested by Koenig, and we affirm." Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justice Debra Stephens dissented saying . . . READ MORE


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