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2018 California Rules of Court

Rule 2.500. Statement of purpose

(a) Intent

The rules in this chapter are intended to provide the public with reasonable access to trial court records that are maintained in electronic form, while protecting privacy interests.

(b) Benefits of electronic access

Improved technologies provide courts with many alternatives to the historical paper-based record receipt and retention process, including the creation and use of court records maintained in electronic form. Providing public access to trial court records that are maintained in electronic form may save the courts and the public time, money, and effort and encourage courts to be more efficient in their operations. Improved access to trial court records may also foster in the public a more comprehensive understanding of the trial court system.

(c) No creation of rights

The rules in this chapter are not intended to give the public a right of access to any record that they are not otherwise entitled to access. The rules do not create any right of access to records that are sealed by court order or confidential as a matter of law.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

Rule 2.500 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 2070 effective July 1, 2002.

Advisory Committee Comment

The rules in this chapter acknowledge the benefits that electronic court records provide but attempt to limit the potential for unjustified intrusions into the privacy of individuals involved in litigation that can occur as a result of remote access to electronic court records. The proposed rules take into account the limited resources currently available in the trial courts. It is contemplated that the rules may be modified to provide greater electronic access as the courts' technical capabilities improve and with the knowledge gained from the experience of the courts in providing electronic access under these rules.

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