Update (October 12, 2015): Rick Linsk gives an update in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s monthly, Bench & Bar this month on the right of Minnesotans to have remote internet access to public court records:
The upshot: As early as July 1, 2016, or else by January 1, 2017, all civil case documents and post-conviction criminal case documents from Minnesota courts will be remotely accessible.
This is way overdue in my opinion but much better late than never.
Update (September 11, 2014): It’s been 150+ days since I asked Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lori Gildea when Minnesotans can expect to have a e-filing system that allows for easier and cheaper public access to court records. (My original post about this is below.) When I had the chance to pose the question to Justice Gildea, she was emphatic that she shared my impatience and conviction that the system needs to be more widely, easily, and cheaply accessible.
I wonder if Justice Gildea’s patience is wearing thin as mine is, along with many Minnesota journalists, Minnesota lawyers, and all citizens who believe that the vast majority of court records are public property. We should all have easy and inexpensive on-line access to them. NOW.
This impatience is heightened because the federal system, PACER, has been around for a decade or so and it works very well.
What is going on?