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Friday, March 7, 2008

Tri-City Herald on Open Courts

Access to court proceedings and court records is the forgotten open-government right, overshadowed by the Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act. But open-court rights are in the state constitution (see Art. I, sec. 10).

The Tri-City Herald editorializes about open court records in a case of particular interest in their area. In the process they describe why open courts are important.