Wednesday, December 17, 2008

States Putting Criminal Records Online - Not Illinois

I ran into an interesting article which discusses how states are starting to put criminal databases online. On Monday Vermont became the newest state to put these records online. There are currently 20 states that allow citizens to access the criminal files online. Some charge a fee and allow people to request corrections if the information available online is wrong.

To read the article click here.

There is no such effort being made in Illinois that we are aware of. Criminal defense attorneys in Cook County have long dreamed of the day that they could access the criminal case database in the Clerk of the Circuit Court's website online. This would be particularly helpful to find out exactly what clients, and prospective clients, are charged with and where cases are assigned from the Chief Judge. According to this article at least 20 states have overcome whatever fears may exist of clerical errors and potential liability. There must be some way to bring Cook County into the 21st Century when it comes to this.

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