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File #: 15-354    Version: 1
Type: Rules Proposal Status: Passed
File created: 9/23/2015 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 10/27/2015 Final action: 10/27/2015
Title: Appellate Procedure: Access to Electronic Appellate Court Records (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20151027itemA1
Title
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Appellate Procedure: Access to Electronic Appellate Court Records (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
The Appellate Advisory Committee and the Information Technology Advisory Committee recommend the adoption of new rules of court to address public access to electronic appellate court records. The proposed appellate rules are based on the existing rules regarding public access to electronic trial court records. The new rules are intended to provide the public with reasonable access to appellate court records that are maintained in electronic form while protecting privacy interests.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Appellate Advisory Committee and Information Technology Advisory Committee recommend that the Judicial Council, effective January 1, 2016:
1. Adopt rule 8.80 of the California Rules of Court to:
a. State the purpose of the rules in the article as providing the public with reasonable access to appellate court records maintained in electronic form while protecting privacy interests; and
b. State the benefits of public access to appellate court records maintained in electronic form; and
c. State that the rules of the article do not create new rights of access to records.
2. Adopt rule 8.81 to state the application and scope of the new rules, applying only to records of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, and only to access by the public.
3. Adopt rule 8.82 to define terms used in the new rules, including a definition of "court records" to reflect the types of records maintained by the Courts of Appeal.
4. Adopt rule 8.83 to:
a. Provide that all electronic records must be made reasonably available to the public in some form; and
b. Provide that electronic access, both remote and at the courthouse, will be provided to certain records including dockets or registers of actions, calendars, opinions, certain Supreme Court records, and records in civil actions if maintained in electronic form; and
c. Provide...

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