JIS Data Dissemination Committee
October 27, 2006
AOC SeaTac Office
Sara Ainsworth, Northwest Women's Law Center
Judge Grosse opened the meeting and introductions were made.
The minutes from the
Recent Federal Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Recent federal legislation concerning online access to protection orders was discussed.
Sara Ainsworth responded that the federal legislation was not intended to stop public access to protection orders, only internet access. She believes that this legislation applies to all protection orders which is supported by the letter written by Grace Huang of the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Judge Stilz reported that the focus group of the Data Exchange Committee has expressed the opinion that the case/name search website omit providing addresses. Judge Stilz stated the focus group believed that the addresses were unreliable and out-of-date. Judge Stilz further commented that he did not believe the courts would be in compliance with the federal VAWA law if addresses were made available through the website.
This issue would be discussed further at the next meeting.
Confidentiality of Sealed Court Records in the Appellate Courts
Judge Grosse stated that the issue of the confidentiality of court records sealed in the Superior Court in cases that had been appealed has been an issue in Division One, Court of Appeals. He stated that an opinion had just been drafted that addresses this issue and that it would be available by the next DD meeting.
Non-conviction Data Available on Case/Name Search Website
This issue was tabled until the next meeting.
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