We’d like to call your attention to a recent article regarding the Ninth Circuit ruling involving the Ventura County Superior Court. The 9th Circuit ruled Monday that press access to state court records is a First Amendment issue that belongs in federal court. The ruling in favor of Courthouse News Service came as part of a challenge to the Ventura court clerk's practices for access to newly filed records. These policies may relate to the requirements of the now discontinued CCMS system. We provide the article at this link, without further comment.
We also provide you with a link to an opinion piece by Bill Gildner on the same subject matter.
Very truly yours,
Directors of the Alliance of California Judges