First Amendment Right to Court Records Must Be Respected by State
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court in Jones v. Professional Background Screening Association. The brief focuses on the First Amendment right of access to court records and whether the release of certain records should be governed by Arkansas Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 19 (“Order 19”) or the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The amicus brief argues that the court records PBSA seeks are subject to the First Amendment right of access. It argues that the Court should interpret Order 19 according to its plain language to hold that so-called “compiled information” does not include existing court records related to an individual – thereby avoiding conflict with the First Amendment right of access to judicial records.