Sunday, December 26, 2010

AG says access to juvenile court records limited

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says lawyers representing the public's interest in certain cases involving children may not have access to restricted information about juveniles.

Van Hollen says in the formal opinion released Wednesday that attorneys can't access the information in the online court database because technical limitations could result in them accessing private case information.

Van Hollen issued the opinion after being asked about the issue by the director of the state court system. The question pertains to cases involving a child in need of protective services or the termination of parental rights.

Van Hollen says the online system currently isn't set up to allow a subset of juvenile case information to be viewed without making all juvenile records available.

By Associated Press


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