Does FOIA cover court records? No, Virginia court administrators say

The Virginia Supreme Court's Office of the Executive Secretary has repeatedly refused a request from the Daily Press to release its compilation of case records from most of the state's circuit courts.

The record the Daily Press sought, and that the Supreme Court used to release, compiles summary information about almost every circuit court case in the state.

For criminal cases, it includes the defendant's name, the charges and what the judge decided. It includes information about when a criminal offense occurred, when a defendant was arrested and whether the original charge was reduced. For that reason it offers a unique view into how well the criminal justice system and the courts are doing their jobs. Continue>>>