Connecticut Supreme Court votes in favor of records closure

A Connecticut Supreme Court decision upheld a lower court’s determination that certain court case files are not public records. The lopsided ruling is expected to draw fire from some legislators who vow to consider this loophole in the public records law in the current legislative session.

The court ruled 4-3 in favor of Judicial Branch officials and the Meriden Superior Court clerk, who had rejected requests by attorney Russell Collins in 2002 to view documents and related files stored in the branch’s computer system.

Those items _ called the daybook and pending book _ provide information such as a defendant’s name and birth date, pending court dates and whether he or she is incarcerated.

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