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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Olympian Editorial on ABA Closed Court Records Proposal

Here is an editorial from The Olympian reprinting part of an editorial from an out-of-state newspaper:

"Open courts and open court records are the foundation on which public trust of the U.S. justice system is built. But the largest and most influential association of lawyers in the nation, the American Bar Association, is flirting with a proposal that would attempt to seal millions of court records, creating a haphazard system that would eventually undermine the public's confidence in courts and law enforcement."

The importance of open court records is clearly illustrated by the Seattle Times outstanding investigative series "Your Courts, Their Secrets."