Texas clerks oppose online public access to court documents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas court clerks oppose a state proposal that would provide easy public access to court documents by making them available online.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/2kL6EtJ ) reports the statewide database, re:SearchTX, contains records from all 254 counties and is supported by the state’s Supreme Court.

Court clerks say surrendering records to a privately operated database would strip them of their constitutional authority. Clerks also say their departments will lose money without the public paying a printing fee of $1 a page at a courthouse for documents.

However, their opponents say the new system is set up so clerks would benefit from online users. They also argue that taxpayers own the records, not clerks.

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The service will be covered by an $18 million e-filing fee the state pays a third-party vendor, and will not cost the state additional money.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com