Va. Supreme Court secretary responds to FOIA lawsuit

The administrators of the state court system say they're not the custodians of a collection of case records contained in their computer system, so the state law guaranteeing the public access to government records doesn't apply to them.

The records belong to the elected clerks of Virginia's circuit courts, 70 of whom have declined a request by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court that they release the records to the Daily Press, the office said in a court filing yesterday, objecting to the newspaper's request for a court order to release the records.  Continue>>>