Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Novel access suit filed against state courts

A newspaper and the open-government group California First Amendment Coalition today (Feb. 7) filed suit against the California court system in an attempt to strip away the courts’ traditional immunity from freedom-of-information and open-meeting requirements. The potentially far-reaching suit is based on Proposition 59, the open-government Constitutional amendment approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004. Filed by CFAC and the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper, the suit is based on provisions in Prop 59. that plug the loopholes in the state Public Records Act and Brown Act — effectively forcing the judiciary to meet the same open-government obligations as other state and local agencies.

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