J. Other criminal court records issues

Overview

This will vary by jurisdiction.

Florida

Access to records online is currently governed by Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC09-30. Remote electronic access to dockets is provided in most circuits, at both the trial and appellate levels. Remote public access to court records is generally prohibited by the administrative order. Upon request, however, clerks are authorized to send court records via email. In addition, court records in cases designated “high profile” are made available online. Many court records in Manatee County (Bradenton, Florida) are currently available online because the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Manatee County is hosting the Florida Supreme Court’s pilot program for remote electronic access to court records at www.manateeclerk.com.

E-filing is authorized by the Florida Supreme Court on a circuit-by-circuit basis. The Court is currently reviewing the pilot program and considering how to expand remote electronic access to court records.

Digital recordings of court proceedings are accessible public court records in Florida.

At least one appellate court has supported a journalist’s ability to live blog during a high profile criminal trial in Duval County (Jacksonville, Florida). See Morris Publishing Co. v. State, Case No. 1D10-226 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Jan. 20, 2010).