| Public Access to Maryland's Court Records (brochure in PDF)
Maryland Rules on Access to Court Records
of the Committee on Access to Court Records
from Open Meeting held 2/9/06 re Victim/Witness Information in Court
Rules Implementation Committee - Final Report (8/29/05) in PDF
Report on Child Abuse and Neglect (July 2005) in PDF
- Interim Report on Disclosure of Victim/Witness
Information in Word Perfect
(Hearing held by the Court of Appeals on 6/14/05 to consider the Interim
comments submitted concerning the proposed new rules.
version of Proposed New Rules 16-1001 through 16-1011,
developed by the Rules Committee's Style Subcommittee - will be used
by the Court during discussions in the open meeting on February 9th.
- On November 17, 2003, the Court
Committee offered to the Court of Appeals proposed
new Rules 16-1001 through 16-1011 to govern public access to
court records. Interested parties were invited to send written comments
before January 12, 2004.
- On January 6, 2003, the Court
of Appeals deliberated on the Final Report of the Committee on Access
to Court Records and considered the testimony provided at the December
9th public hearing. After the Court's discussion, Chief Judge
Robert Bell asked Court of Appeals' Judges Battaglia and Wilner (Court
Committee) to join him in making recommendations to the Court about
how to proceed.
- On December 9, 2002, the Court
of Appeals held a public hearing to consider the Final Report of the
Committee on Access to Court Records.
Draft Report issued
October 25 Committee meeting
September 24 Committee
meeting summary and subcommittee reports.
July 5 Committee
April 23 Committee meeting
Subcommittee reports available
The Committee participated in an educational
seminar on Privacy and Access Involving Criminal Justice Records held
May 29, 2001. Keynote Speaker was Robert R. Belair, Task Force Chairman,
General Counsel to SEARCH, and CEO, Privacy and Legislative Associates.
His presentation - Final Report of the Task
Force on Privacy, Technology and Criminal Justice Information
is available in PDF. A panel discussion followed the presentation.
In addition to Mr. Belair, panelists included Rebecca Daugherty, Director,
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Steve Emmert, Director of
Government and Industry Affairs, Lexis-Nexis, and Tom Henderson, Executive
Director of Court Association Services, National Center for State Courts.
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