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Open Records

Feb 15, 2019

Council takes up records request, no other proposed changes to Act 235 expected

The Judicial Council discussed on Friday the best way to respond to a request for records related to a recent overhaul of Wisconsin's rules of civil procedure.

Jan 31, 2019

Judicial Council mulling open-record request

The Judicial Council has received a wide-ranging open-records request from the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council concerning recent changes to the state's civil-litigation rules.

Sep 25, 2018

Liberal group sues Schimel over records in health lawsuit

A group is suing the state Department of Justice to obtain records related to the Affordable Care Act.

Sep 25, 2018

Alderwoman says open-records contempt hearing postponed

A Racine alderwoman says a judge has postponed her contempt hearing.

Jun 25, 2018

Justices considering how records law applies to courts (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is reviewing how the state's open records law applies to the court system, sparking concern among government transparency advocates that justices may close off legal documents to the public.

Oct 6, 2017

Police support limiting access to bodycam video

Police from across Wisconsin supported a bill Thursday that would set state policy for when body camera video can be made public and would allow for much of the footage to be withheld.

Feb 16, 2016

View from around the state: Avoid temptation to seal court records

Imagine the horror of being wrongly imprisoned for a heinous crime you didn't commit. In Wisconsin, that has happened to an estimated 40 people in the past 25 years.

Feb 15, 2016

Aid for wrongfully convicted could make for open-records problem

A bill that would increase compensation for people wrongly convicted of crimes has open records advocates worried over what it would do to court records.

Jan 11, 2016

Courts should let a little sunlight in

Transparency is the core value of a democratic society. In a democratic self-government, voters have the power to select and reject those who will wield the power of government.

Dec 29, 2015

View from around the state: ‘Public’ records given that title for good reason

It was disheartening last week to see three state Supreme Court justices siding with secrecy over openness in an open records dispute between the New Richmond News and that city's police department.

Dec 17, 2015

Board backs away from open records rule changes

Wisconsin officials backed away Thursday from a move to cut back on record-keeping requirements amid a backlash by open government advocates.

Dec 1, 2015

DOJ says it’s responding to open records requests faster

Officials with the state Department of Justice say the agency is responding faster to open record requests.

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