Experiment enhanced electronic access to court records of court actions in Manatee County is provided by Angelina M.
Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller pursuant to order of the Florida Supreme Court.
The Florida Supreme Court took action and ordered a moratorium on electronic access to court records and created the Privacy Committee to study this.
After a year and a half of meetings, the committee issued its report to the Court.
Some records, depending on the type of court action or particular document filed in a court action, are confidential pursuant to Florida statute, Court Rule or Court Order and are not available for public view, either electronically or from a paper court file.
The constitutional presumption in Florida is that all records of the judicial branch of government are public.
Public comment on the benefits or problems with electronic access is welcome.
Please comment to: Florida law allows certain person or governmental entities to access some court records when the public is not permitted access.
The presumption is then that all records of the court are public records unless a statute, court rule or court order exempts the record from public access.
The Florida Legislature has enacted many statutes making various records confidential.