Last month, a California appellate court reversed a trial court's order that a CPRA requester pay the city of Sepastopol $44,630 in attorney's fees for filing a frivolous public records act request.
The Administrative Office of the Courts' proposal to create a first-of-its-kind $10 fee that would be charged to a requester to see a court record or file as well as the court's proposed increase in the per page fee to obtain a copy of a court record were summarily rejected in the budget deal that was negotiated between the Governor and the Legislature several days ago.
A proposal by the Courts to amend a budget trailer bill to allow a first-of-its-kind fee to pay for a court employee to search for court records or files has been denied by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee that oversees the Judiciary.
CNPA has learned that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is proposing to create a first-of-its-kind fee to pay for a court employee to search for court records or files upon request. The new search fee would be in addition to the costs associated with providing a copy of a court record or file, which would also be increased in the proposal.
Several weeks ago, a San Diego trial court struck down state regulations used by state and local agencies to make it harder for the public to learn about the deaths and near fatalities of children who are wards of the system.