August 21, 2002
CDT has released a new report entitled "A Quiet Revolution in the Courts: Electronic Access to State Court Records," on the rapidly expanding use of the Internet by state governments to provide public access to court records. The report finds that more state and county courts are turning to the Internet as a tool to handle caseloads and to open judicial proceedings to the public. The trend represents a quantum leap in the openness and thus the accountability of the judicial branch at the local level where most cases arise. However, as the state courts dramatically increase the amount of information available online, they are contending with difficult and yet unresolved issues of cost, equity, and especially privacy.