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A Few Minnesota Court Records Will Make It to the Internet

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Minnesota’s Supreme Court is the latest to wrestle with public records and electronic access and it’s decided to go slow, posting only some of the information that gets into court files on the Internet. “We can’t be troglodytes and keep our head in the sand,” said Justice Paul Anderson in announcing the policy that takes affect July 1. Court-generated documents like calendars, orders and opinions will be posted, but details in criminal cases will mostly be held back until there’s a guilty verdict. Documents in civil suits won’t be automatically available, but may be posted in high profile cases. (6/15/05)