Friday, July 2, 2010

District Clerk Reaches Historic Milestone with Public Access to Court Records

On July 2, after almost three years of preparation, public access to court records was made available at
Documents can be viewed from any computer by anyone anywhere for the first time in Dallas County.

“I want to thank every one – especially Records Manager Stan Tungate, seen in this photo, and Imaging Supervisor Harold Denney -- who has helped make this possible. Our customers, attorneys in particular, have been requesting this service and we are very pleased that we have delivered a system to serve them,” continues Mr. Fitzsimmons.

“We have been working steadily toward this day, involving more than 13 millions pages of records scanned, dozens of imaging clerks, their supervisors and a partnership with Dallas County IT. And now attorneys, judges, litigants, reporters and others can now view actual court case documents,” says Gary Fitzsimmons, District Clerk. “As staff members know, until now, only dockets have been available to the public on the Dallas County website.”

Currently, there are seven District Civil, eight District Criminal and one County Court At Law from which pending documents are available for public viewing. All Civil and Criminal Courts are expected to complete their conversion to this electronic platform by the end of 2010. District Family Courts will become available as confidentiality assurances are put into place.

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